March 1, 2006
BLACKSBURG, Va. - A pair of individual conference champions and a number of strong performances highlighted the University of Maryland's efforts last weekend at the 2006 Atlantic Coast Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships hosted by Virginia Tech University.
Senior Kierra Foster captured the women's long jump in an ACC record 21 feet, 8 inches. Foster had her best mark in her first of six attempts, then held on for the win. Foster's mark was 5-1/2 inches past her previous indoor school record of 21-2.50, set last season. It also was the top mark in the nation this season and makes her a contender for an NCAA title.
Sophomore Dominic Berger went 7.80 seconds to win the men's 60-meter hurdles. The top-seed in the conference coming into the championships, Berger also went 7.80 in the prelims to move to the final in the No. 1 position. He won the event by 0.09 seconds over Lance Leggett of Miami.
Berger has finished second in a heat of the 60 hurdles only once during this indoor season, placing second in the final of the New Balance Collegiate meet in New York City. His school-record mark of 7.79 seconds, set earlier this year at Penn State, ranks him ninth in the nation on the current NCAA list heading into Indoor Nationals at Arkansas on March 10 and 11.
Maryland's women placed seventh as a team, their best finish at the ACC Indoor in four years. The men finished 10th in the team standings.
Other highlights for the Terps at the ACC meet included:
On the women's side:
Complete results can be found at www.umterps.com and also http://www.flashresults.com/2006_Meets/indoor/acc/