UMD Shows Well at Penn State & Navy Saturday

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The Maryland track and field teams were spilt between a pair of meets Saturday, with a portion of the squad competing at day two of the Penn State National Invitational and the other at the Wesley Brown Invite hosted by Navy.

Penn State National Invite (Day 1 Recap)

UNIVERSITY PARK, Md. – Maryland wrapped up competition at Horace Ashenfelter III Indoor Track Saturday evening, led by a pair of event victories for senior Micha Powell.

The Toronto, Ontario native dominated the 400, crossing the line in 53.79 to win the event by over two seconds.

Kameron Jones brought home a victory in the 500, moving into the No. 3 spot all-time in the event with a mark of 1:03.98. Jones has now won the event in both meets he's run the 500 this season, after previously going 1:04.33 to win at the Wagner Invite. 

The Maryland 4x400 relay squads wrapped up the day, with the women’s squad of Meneau, Cooper, Voelpel and Powell winning in a season-best 3:40.17. The men’s team also put together a season-best relay, with Bleichner, Jones, Jahn-Richardson and Miawad posting a time of 3:15.23.

Hazem Miawad reset his own school record in the 600, finishing in 1:20.43 to top his previous personal-best of 1:20.75. Chandler Baxter had a solid showing in the 200, finishing fourth with a time of 25.10. Alex Leto went 22.03 to take sixth in the men’s 200.

Dahri Jahn-Richardson went 48.60 to take sixth in 400., while Catherine Voelpel finished in 1:14.23 in the 500. Alexandra Lucki went 4:52.20 running her first mile of the 2017 indoor season.

The Terps had two top-5 finishers in the high jump, led by freshman Dallyssa Huggins, who finished third with a leap of 1.76 meters. Peyton Wade took fourth, clearing 1.73 meters. Freshman Leah Blackall (11.72m) and junior Kayla Richardson (11.69m) were solid in the triple jump, finishing eighth and ninth (respectively). 


Wesley Brown Invite

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Junior Claudia Ababio had the best throws on the day at Wesley A. Brown Field House, winning both the shot put and weight throw. The Clarksburg, Md. native won the shot put with a toss of 14.60 meters, then posted a mark of 18.13 meters to take the top spot in the weight throw. Freshman Emma O’Hara was fourth in the weigh throw with a distance of 16.58 meters.

Senior Alexa Squirini was the top Terp in the mile, crossing the line in a personal-best 5:01.84 to take third overall. Karah O’Halloran was the top Maryland finisher in the 3000, finishing in 10:36.73 to place sixth in the field.

Freshman Lilly Reese had a busy day on the track, taking was fourth overall in the 60 meter hurdles (9.32) and fourth in the long jump (5.12m). She also finished 27.43 in the 200.

Maryland went 2-3 in the triple jump, with freshman Tamir Jacobs finishing second (11.28m) and junior Breanna Coleman placing third (11.17m).  

On the men’s side, sophomore Drew Alfano and sophomore Gaston Assoua went 1-2 in the long jump, with Alfano winning the event with a career-best 6.87 meters. Assoua cleared 6.75 meters to take second, and was third in the 200, breaking the line in 22.37.

Jared Loadholt was Maryland’s top finisher in the 800, finishing in 1:57.40 to place sixth in the field. Junior Patrick Hanley went 4:17.36 in his first career mile race for a third place finish and sophomore Aaron Barlev was fourth (4:18.23). Junior David Tarcza took second in the high jump, clearing 1.94 meters.   

The Terps will return to action next week for another split squad weekend at the Husker Invitational in Lincoln Nebraska and the New York Armory Collegiate Meet in New York, N.Y.