Smith Breaks Through to Win ACC Title

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C.Amina Smith made the most of her final appearance at the Atlantic Coast Conference Outdoor Championships, setting a personal record to win the women’s high jump on Saturday.

Smith cleared 6 feet, 1-1/2 inches to win the event, coming into the weekend ranked second in the nation in the women's high jump.

Smith finally got her ACC title after coming close both indoors and outdoors during her collegiate career. In seven previous conference meets, she had finished second three times, third once, fourth twice and seventh once.

Weather forced the jumping events indoors on Saturday. Smith’s mark will become Maryland’s indoor school-record, besting the 6-1.25 she shared with Amber Melville. Ironically, Smith and Melville hit that mark at the ACC Indoor Championships this year.

Junior Thea LaFond was one of four participants to clear 5-11.25, tying for second with Clemson’s Mimi Land. Melville, also a junior at Maryland and the defending ACC champion indoors and outdoors, cleared 5-10 to finish seventh on Saturday.

Maryland earned 19 points alone in the women’s high jump and finished with 40 to place 10th in the team standings.

LaFond came back to finish 10th in the women’s triple jump at 39-7.25.

Early in the day, junior Derek Holland placed third in the men’s triple jump. His mark of 49-7.75 was his best this season.

Senior Avery Graham finished seventh in the men’s 100-meter dash final. Graham went 10.73 on Saturday, after earning a berth in the final with a preliminary mark of 10.65.

Freshman Lisa Meneau finished third in the women’s 400 hurdles final, posting a season-best mark of 58.66. She improved on her mark from Thursday’s prelims that already had her in third all-time at Maryland.

Becky Yep ran 17:09.58 in the women’s 5,000, finishing 22nd in a large field. Her mark qualified her for the ECAC Outdoor Championships in late May and improved her season-best by 17 seconds.

Kikanae Punyua went 14:50.18 in the men’s 5,000 to post a season-best.

Maryland improved on its ninth-place seeding in the women’s 4x400 to finish fifth at 3:42.16 and win its heat. Micha Powell, Shade Pratt, Arielle Statham and Taylor Tucker posted the 10th-best time on the Terps’ all-time list.

The men’s 4x400 relay team of Lionel Wilson, John Davenport, Paul Joseph and Mamadou Niang finished 11th in a time of 3:16.86, more than seven seconds better than its previous season-best.

The men were 14th overall with 14 team points.

Maryland will compete next weekend in the Penn Relays at Philadelphia.