March 7, 2006
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Three student-athletes from the University of Maryland will be in the field for this weekend's 2006 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships to be held at the University of Arkansas.
Returning All-American Kierra Foster has the nation's best mark in the women's long jump and tops a strong field. The Terrapin senior went 21 feet, 8 inches to win the event at the ACC Indoor two weeks ago and has five jumps over 20 feet this season.
Foster finished sixth at last year's NCAA Indoor at 20-10.75. This year sho has also won the Maryland Invitational and Liberty Invitational titles to her ACC victory.
Joining her in the women's long jump field is senior teammate Lynn Hernandez. She posted a season- and career-best 20-10 to place third at the ACCs, held in Blacksburg, Va. This will be Hernandez's first trip to the NCAA Indoor Nationals and she was 10th in the nation in that event this year.
The women's long jump competition will be held Friday afternoon at Arkansas' Randal Tyson Center.
Sophomore Dominic Berger is seeded 10th in the field for the men's 60-meter hurdles. His school-record mark of 7.79 came when he won the event at the Penn State National Open.
Berger also earned an ACC individual title with a win in the 60 hurdles, running 7.80 in both the final and the preliminaries. He has lost just two heats this year, both coming in a national field at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational in New York City.
Berger is the defending U.S. Junior National champion outdoors in the 110-meter hurdles.
Preliminary heats of the 60 hurdles will take place late Friday afternoon, with the final on Saturday.
Junior Meghan Braffet and senior Katie Purcell were provisional qualifiers in the women's 5,000, but neither made the invitation list for nationals, which was limited to the top 17 performers in the nation during the indoor season.
Updates and results of the 2006 NCAA Indoor Nationals will be available throughout the weekend at www.ladybacks.com.