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:
After standing on the podium for the 60 hurdles, Berger came back to place 5th in the 200m dash with a time of 21.63.
Sean Lowe made a solid comeback after an injury that kept him from competing most of the indoor season to run an indoor PR of 47.80 in the 400m dash. This time placed him 6th overall in this event.
The distance medley relay team of Josh Davis, Kyle Rauser, Anthony Walker and Zach Martinez placed 5th in this event. This all-freshman team ran a time of 10:02.90.
The 4x400m relay team of Earl Gray, Anthony Walker, Kyle Rauser and Sean Lowe gave an exciting finish to the meet placing 2nd in this event. Their time of 3:13.03 secured them a spot on the podium and set a new indoor school record.
On the women's side:
Lynn Hernandez made her presence on the podium placing 3rd in the long jump with a mark of 20-10. This was an indoor best for Hernandez who later ran a strong leg on the 4x400m relay.
Meghan Braffet ran a strong race to earn a silver medal in the 5,000 with a time of 16:36.59. She came back the next day and placed 9th in the 3,000 with a time of 9:46.93.
Katie Purcell scored for the women in the 5,000 as well, placing 7th with a time of 17:10.27.
Jillian Anwah had a strong meet placing 4th in the weight throw with a mark of 59-6.25. She also placed 8th in the shot the following day with a throw of 46-8.25.
Zakiya Shivers also had a solid performance in the weight throw placing 5th with a throw of 59-1.50.
Danielle Siebert placed 8th in the finals of the mile with a time of 4:56.82.
Toni Aluko scored in the high jump placing 7th with a jump of 5-6.
Christina Smith placed 7th in the heptathlon and qualified for the ECAC meet in this event. She set new personal bests in four of the five events in this competition.
Zhanna Barer placed 7th in the pole vault with a season-best mark of 12-2.
The distance medley relay team of Danielle Siebert, Kristina Keegan, Libby Babcock and Laurel Jefferson placed 7th overall in this event.
The 4x400 relay team of Lynn Hernandez, Kelly Wallace, Kristina Keegan and Renee Clarke rounded out the scoring for the Terps with a 7th-place finish.
Complete results can be found at www.umterps.com and also http://www.flashresults.com/2006_Meets/indoor/acc/