June 6, 2006
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Three Terrapins will be in action this week representing the University of Maryland at the 2006 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships being hosted by Sacramento State University.
Kierra Foster, Lynn Hernandez and Dominic Berger, each of whom earned All-America status at the Indoor Nationals last March, will attempt to duplicate those efforts with a top-eight finish in their respective events.
Foster and Hernandez, each seniors at Maryland, will compete in the women's long jump in Sacramento. Qualifying rounds for the women's long jump will take place on Wednesday afternoon beginning at 6:30 Eastern Time, with the field being trimmed for Thursday's final.
Foster set a school and meet record with a leap of 21 feet, 8.25 inches two weeks ago by winning the NCAA East Regional in Greensboro, N.C. The mark was nine inches better than her previous outdoor best. Her mark moved her into second in the nation behind only Marshevet Hooker of Texas.
Hernandez finished in the fifth and final qualifying spot at the East Regional with a mark of 20-9. Her season-best of 21-1.25 came with her win at the ECAC Championships in mid-May. Hernandez held the outdoor school record at Maryland until Foster's leap at the NCAA Regional. She comes into the national meet ranked 11th in the women's long jump.
Berger will run two rounds of the men's 110-meter hurdles on Wednesday, the first of four days of competition at the nationals. First-round heats will begin at 7:50 p.m. Eastern Time, with the semifinals scheduled for 9:45 ET on Wednesday. The final of the 110 hurdles will be Friday at 8:15 Eastern Time.
His season-best mark of 13.63 came with his second-place finish at the NCAA East Regional two weeks ago. He won the Atlantic Coast Conference championship in the short hurdles with a clocking of 13.78 in late April and still holds the ACC's best time of the year in this event. Berger will be seeded ninth going into the nationals.
CSTV will air a live broadcast of the meet on Friday from 8 to 11 p.m. EDT, with CBS doing a live broadcast on Saturday from 3:30 to 6 p.m. EDT.
Full results of the meet will be available at www.ncaasports.com.