Terps Perform Well at Bulls Invitational

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After a week of training, the Terps laced up their spikes at the University of South Florida Bulls Invitational in Tampa.

Day one of competition featured several field event performances.  Topping this first day was Emma O'Hara in the Hammer throw and Jewel Smith in the Long Jump.  O’Hara broke her school record for the second week in a row throwing 60.27m (197’09”).  The senior put together one of the best throws series in her career to top her personal best 

Jewel Smith leaped to a jump of 6.15m (20’2.25”) in the invitational section of the long jump.  She was the first collegiate finisher and second place overall.  This mark improves on Smith’s mark from last season that earned her a spot at the NCAA East Prelims. 

Also performing well in the women’s long jump competition were Peyton Wade and Kayla Richardson.  Wade jumped 5.84m (19’2”) and Richardson posted a mark of 5.81m (19’0.75”).  For the men, Drew Alfano leaped to a performance of 7.06m (23’02”).

Greg Thompson and Nick Pulli both put together solid performances in the throwing ring. Thompson threw 56.76m in the Discus throw.  Pulli launched the hammer 52.47m (172’02”). 

Dallyssa Huggins competed in the Heptathlon over the course of the two day meet.  Highlights for the sophomore multi event athlete included the High Jump (5’8.75”) and Javelin (124’05”).  Huggins posted a final score of 5136 points to win this event after competing in the 100H, High Jump, Shot Put, 200m, Long Jump, Javelin, and 800m.

Starting off Friday’s competition, the 4x100m relay squad of Jewel Smith, Kayla Richardson, Chandler Baxter, and Dai'lyn Merriweather posted a time of 47.43 after passing the baton around the track. 

Lou Corgliano won the men’s 1500m run in a time of 3:55.91, with Patrick Hanley finishing third in 4:00.33.  Hanley came back later in competition to run the 5k (15:08.49).  Brittany Langposted a third place finish in the women’s 1500m run crossing the line in 4:39.01.  Paige Novak ran 4:53.30.

In the 400m dash, Jai'lyn Merriweather finished second with a time of 54.30.  For the men, freshman Aaron Robinson ran his first open 400m race of his career and finished in 48.51. 

Christine Laurie pulled away from the pack in the women’s 800m to post a time of 2:14.39.  For the men, TJ Bleichner ran 1:54.27 with Ryan Scott finishing in 1:55.37 and Brady Snelsonin 1:55.66. 

In the short sprints, the women’s 200m event saw a lot of action from the Terp women.  Dai’lyn Merriweather ran 24.80 with Chandler Baxter finishing in 25.20.  Kayla Richardson posted a time of 25.38.  Peyton Wade was the 4th Terp in 25.47 and Deborah Olawuni continued the string of Maryland performances with a time of 25.61.

The hurdle races proved to be a dominant event for the Maryland squad.  Xahria Santiago took the victory in the women’s 400m hurdles with a season opening time of 59.20.  Thaila Cooperran a lifetime best of 1:00.83 and Nadia Hackett crossed the line in 1:02.54.  In the 100m sprint hurdles, Peyton Wade ran 14.57 with Jewel Smith finishing in 14.61.  Cooper ran 14.70 and Hackett hurdled to a time of 14.87.

In the field, Claudia Ababio earned a double victory in the Shot Put and Discus.  Ababio threw 15.32m (50’03.25”) to win the Shot Put.  Her winning mark in the Discus was 51.28m (168’03”).  Teammate, Nick Pulli placed 3rd in the men’s shot with a mark of 15.00m. 

Sam Shoultz cleared 2.20m (7’2.50”) in the high jump competition for the win.  This is the second week in a row that Shoultz has cleared over 7’2”.  Peyton Wade also performed well in the high jump clearing 5’10” for second place.

Carlos Vanzego jumped to a lifetime best of 48’10.75” in the men’s triple jump competition.  Leah Blackall jumped 39’02.25” in the women’s triple jump to move into the #9 spot all time at Maryland.

The 4x400m relay squads capped off two days of competition with a victory.  The team of Xahria Santiago, Dai’lyn Merriweather, Cheyenne Jones, and Jai'lyn Merriweather ran 3:40.49 for the win.  Onwukwe, Smith, Laurie, and Huggins also put together a quartet on the track finishing in 3:54.12.