Sept. 16, 2005
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Junior thrower Zakiya Shivers and freshman hurdler Dominic Berger were named Most Valuable Athletes for the University of Maryland during the 2005 outdoor track and field seasons, the coaching staff announced recently.
Shivers had an amazing late-season surge in the women's discus for the Terrapins. At the final regular-season meet of the year, she improved her previous season-best by nearly 11 feet and hit an NCAA regional qualifying mark in the event. At the regionals, she finished ninth with a season-best throw of 156 feet, 2 inches.
Shivers was one of the Terps who scored at the Atlantic Coast Conference championships, placing eighth in the women's shot put at 46 feet, 0.50 inches. She also posted the Terrapins' season-best mark in the hammer, going 164-4 to place 13th in the college division at the Penn Relays.
Berger also saved his best for late in the season, going well into the summer to represent the University of Maryland at national and international competitions.
The freshman won the U.S. Junior National title in the 110-meter hurdles, running 13.87. His winning mark qualified him for the U.S. team for the Pan American Junior Championships.
At Windsor, Ontario, Berger ran a personal-best 13.76 in a qualifying heat, then earned a bronze medal with his third-place finish in the final at 13.79.
Berger's times moved him into fourth on the all-time list at Maryland in the 110-meter hurdles, an event made famous at the school by one-time world record-holder Renaldo Nehemiah.
Berger's accomplishments in the spring also included a second-place finish at the IC4A Championships and a second at the ACC Championships. He also ran a leg on the Terps' 4x100 relay that won the IC4A Championships, the first victory by Terrapin athletes at that event in some 20 years.
He also had Maryland's best time of the outdoor season in the 100-meter dash at 10.64 and posted a 22.21 in the 200.