The Maryland track and field teams put together a successful weekend at the Husker Invitational and New York Armory Track Invitational Saturday evening, with several Terps setting new season and career-best marks. Maryland will compete in its final regular season meet of the indoor season February 10-11 at the SPIRE Invite in Geneva, Ohio.
Day One Recap
LINCOLN, Neb. – Senior Catherine Voelpel broke the school record in the 600 meter run, finishing third overall with a time of 1:31.09 on day two of the Husker Invite. The time eclipsed her personal best and the previous program record of 1:31.46 set back in 2013 by Julie Sinkovitz at the Nittany Lion Challenge. Rachelle Alexander set a new personal best in the event with a time of 1:34.77.
Junior Alexandra Lucki had a big day at Bob Devaney Sports Center in the distance events for the Terps, bringing home a pair of second place finishes in the mile and the 3000. The Ontario, Canada native first posted a mark of 4:46.74 in the mile, a little over a second off her career-best to secure second in the event.
She was then back on the track shortly after to run in the women’s 3000 meter race, where she finished in 9:37.34 to take second overall and first among collegiate runners. The time was a new personal best for Lucki.
On the men’s side, TJ Bleichner went 1:21.21 in the 600 to finish 10th in the field. Freshman Brady Snelson finished 22nd (1:57.65) andJared Loadolt was 24th (1:59.49).
Junior Peyton Wade secured a podium finish in the high jump, clearing 1.74 meters to take third overall and second among attached competitors. Freshman Dallyssa Huggins took 11th with a jump of 1.64 meters.
The Terps had a strong finish to the day with runners in the 4x400 relay, starting with a third place finish on the women’s side. Meneau, Cooper, Voelpel and Powell combined to run 3:39.55, a season best for Maryland. UMD’s “B” squad of Alexander, Baxter, Tucker and Huggins finished 13th in 3:51.18.
On the men’s side, Jones, Bleichner, Jahn-Richardson and Miawad posted a mark of 3:16.76 to finish 10th.
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Senior Alexa Squirini (5:03.64) and junior Vickie Ajimoko (5:14.09) both posted top-20 finishes in the mile, finishing 10th and 19th respectively as Maryland took on day two of the New York Armory Track Invitational.
Claudia Ababio and Emma O'Hara were both inside the top-15 in the weight throw, with Ababio (11th) leading the way throwing 16.95 meters. O’Hara notched a 14th place finish with a mark of 16.52 meters.