Day One Recap
GENEVA, Ohio – The Maryland track & field team turned in a successful final day of competition at the Big Ten Indoor Championships Saturday, with five Terrapins making podium appearances. Maryland was represented on the podium in four different events over the two-day championship meet, as the squad totaled 47 team points to take ninth in the field.
“I'm impressed with the way our group rallied and fought to secure high place finishes across several events,” said head coach Andrew Valmon. “We set new records and made a strong presence amongst the Big Ten, and it’s great to see all the hard work these ladies have put in all season paid off. It’s fitting that the meet ended with our 4x400 relay team breaking a 15-year-old school record. Now the waiting game begins to see who gets into the NCAA Championships.”
Senior Micha Powell put together her fastest 400 meter race of the 2017 indoor season, earning a spot on the podium for the second consecutive season at the Big Ten Indoor Championships. The Ontario, Canada native shaved a full second off of her preliminary time (53.62), running a season-best 52.60 in the finals to finish second. Powell’s time currently ranks 10th in the nation as of Saturday evening.
Junior Alexandra Lucki made her first career podium at the B1G Indoor championships, finishing third in the women’s mile finals. Her time of 4:43.13 was a career-best, and knocked over three seconds off her prelim time to move her two spots above her seed.
Senior Catherine Voelpel came away with some team points for the Terrapins in the 600, improving upon her school record in the process. Voelpel ran a career-best 1:30.04 in the finals to finish fifth in the field.
The women’s 4x400 relay ended the meet with a podium finish for Maryland, as Lisa Meneau, Thaila Cooper, Catherine Voelpel and Micha Powell combined to finish third in 3:35.97. The time broke a 15-year school record in the event (3:37.87) set back in 2002, and was good for third in the field.
Junior Claudia Ababio cemented a top-five finish in the weight throw, throwing a career-best 19.44 meters to take fifth. Junior Kayla Richardson was Maryland’s top performer in the triple jump, finishing 13th with a season-best 11.96 meters.
Penn State won the women’s Big Ten Indoor title with 96.50 points. Purdue was second with 94, while Ohio State was third with 83 points.
Maryland will now await for news on qualifiers for the 2017 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in College Station, Texas.