Terp Men Post Strong Marks at Armory Meet

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NEW YORKAvery Graham used his indoor season debut to post top-10 marks all-time and Josh Haghighi won the men’s weight throw to highlight men’s performances Friday at the Lafayette Rider Winter Games held at the N.Y. Armory.

For the women, Thea LaFond had a career-best to win the 60-meter hurdles and Cici Onyekwere had a pair of second-place finishes in the throws.

Graham, a former football player for the Terrapins, ran 6.93 to finish fourth in the 60-meter dash, moving into eighth all-time indoors. He followed with a 21.70 clocking to also finish fourth in the 200, the third-fastest mark at Maryland.

Teammate Lionel Wilson went 22.12 in the 200 to move into 10th all-time and finished sixth in the 400-meter dash with his 48.59 clocking now sixth in Maryland history.

Haghighi won the men’s weight throw by nearly three feet over Oluwatosin Edwards of UConn. Haghighi finishes a dominant indoor season in that event with three firsts, a second and a fourth, ending the year second all-time at Maryland.

LaFond went 8.53 to win the women’s 60 hurdles and move from seventh to fourth all-time.

In other women’s highlights, Shade Pratt was second at 500 meters and her 1:14.40 clocking moved her from eighth to fifth at Maryland. All-three Terps in the women’s 400 – Micha Powell (55.85), Ashley Brannock (57.79) and Rachelle Alexander (57.93) posted season-bests.

The same happened in the women’s 800, as Alexa Squirini and Emily VandeWater both had season-bests in that event. Sonya Napariu went a season-best 43-7 in the women’s shot put to finish fourth.

Maryland is off next weekend before participating in the Atlantic Coast Conference Indoor Championships at Clemson on Feb. 27 and March 1.