Two Terps Make Podium on Day One of Big Tens

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Day One Results

GENEVA, Ohio – Junior Peyton Wade and freshman Dallyssa Huggins both notched podium finishes in the pentathlon to highlight a successful first day of competition at the Big Ten Championships Friday. The duo combined for four of the possible five pentathlon event victories to secure a 2-3 finish for Maryland in the event.

Wade totaled a career-high 4,059 points to finish second overall while tallying two event victories on the day. The point total ranks ninth in the country as of Friday evening.  

Wade dominated the high jump, clearing 1.80 meters to score 978 points. She also took first in the long jump, besting the field by 0.29m with a leap of 5.79 meters. She also ran a career-best 8.50 in the 60 meter hurdles to take second in the field, while going 2:24.59 in the 800 and throwing 9.80 meters in the shot put.

Huggins had a strong showing in her first career appearance at the Big Ten Indoor Championship Meet, amassing 3,945 total points with wins in the shot put and 800 meter run. Huggins’s toss of 12.95 meters was good for first in the shot, then she outpaced the field in the 800 (2:11.07) by over four seconds to seal her second win. The Markham, Ontario native posted marks of 9.32 (60mH), 1.68m (high jump) and 5.14m (long jump) to earn her career first B1G podium finish with third place. Huggins’s 4,025 points scored at the Husker Invitational back on February 3 still ranks 11th in the nation.

Maryland also saw success outside the pentathlon, which included a qualifying time for junior Alexandra Lucki in the mile run. Lucki ran a season-best 4:46.32 in the prelims to finish fifth overall and advance to tomorrow’s finals.

The Terps also had finals qualifiers in the 400 and 600 meter events, starting with the third fastest prelim time from senior Micha Powell. Powell ran a season-best 53.62 to win her heat and qualify for Saturday’s finals.

Fellow senior Catherine Voelpel had a top-4 qualifying time in the 600, running a season-best 1:30.42 to punch her ticket to Saturday’s finals. Chandler Baxter posted a PR in the women's 200, finishing in 24.97. 

The women’s distance medley relay squad pieced together a school-record finish in the event, as Alexa Squirini, Thaila Cooper, Rachelle Alexander and Alexandra Lucki combined to finish in 11:25.63. The mark knocked nearly four seconds off the previous school record set back at the 2015 Big Ten Championships, and was good for sixth in the field.  

In the field events, junior Claudia Ababio notched a 10th place finish in the shot put, throwing 14.90 meters. Sophomore Jewel Smith and junior Kayla Richardson both notched top-10 finishes in the long jump, finishing seventh (5.87m) and ninth (5.80m) respectively.  

Maryland totaled 19 team points overall for 8th after day one. The squad will return to action for day two of the Big Ten Championships tomorrow with events scheduled to resume at 10:00 am.