June 9, 2006
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - University of Maryland sophomore Dominic Berger ran the best time of any Terrapin in 20 years by finishing second and earning All-America status in the men's 110-meter hurdles final Friday at the 2006 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships being hosted by Sacramento State University.
Berger, who was seeded eighth after Wednesday's semifinal, ran 13.49 in the 110 hurdles to finish second in the nation. Aries Merritt of Tennessee finished in 13.21 to win the event. Berger finished just ahead of Jason Richardson of South Carolina, who had edged Berger two weeks ago at the NCAA East Regional.
The Terrapin sophomore from nearby DeMatha High School, ran the second-best time in Maryland school history with his career-best 13.49 clocking. He now trails only Hall of Famer Renaldo Nehemiah on the Maryland list in the short-hurdle event. His previous career-best was 13.63 posted at this season's East Regional.
Nehemiah, the one-time world record holder in the 110 hurdles, still holds the collegiate record of 13.00, set in 1979. He ran a wind-aided 12.91 that same year in a mark that stands as the Maryland school record.
Berger, who earlier this season won the Atlantic Coast Conference outdoor championship in the event, earned eight team points for his second-place finish. Maryland will finish the nationals with eight team points, as he was the lone male student-athlete representing Maryland at the Outdoor Nationals. His placing moved Maryland into a tie for 10th place in the team standings after six of 21 finals had been contested.