JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Maryland track and field teams had several standout performances at the UNF Spring Break Invitational Friday as the Terps’ week of warm weather training culminated with a meet at North Florida. The squad will be right back in the sunshine state next weekend for a two-day stint at the Pepsi Florida Relays in Gainesville.
The Terps had a strong showing in the distance events, starting with the 1500 meter run and an event victory and PR for Alexa Squirini (4:33.89). Maryland then had the top two finishers in the 5000, with Kathryn Gearhart capturing the event victory (17:27.94) and Sydney Almeida placing second (17:41.10).
Claudia Ababio set a new school record in the Hammer throw with a career best mark of 57.32m (188’). Ababio set this high standard early in the competition against standout competition from other NCAA ranked-competitors. She came back to win the discus with a career-best toss of 49.63 meters. She finished off the meet with a fifth place finish in the shot put with a throw of 14.23 meters.
Jillian Maloney led the way for the Terps in the javelin, throwing 39.35 meters for fourth, while Dallyssa Huggins was sixth (37.83m) and Peyton Wade was eighth (36.02m). Huggins went on to take third in the high jump (1.65m) but did not finish the competition so that she could go to focus on the 800m event.
Kayla Richardson was third out of nearly 50 competitors in the long jump, clearing 5.76 meters, while Jewel Smith (9th) was also in the top ten with a leap of 5.49 meters. Richardson was also the top Maryland finisher in the 100 meter hurdles (15.10) in 10th, following by Smith in 11th (15.13) and Taylor Tucker in 14th (15.24).
Micha Powell ran her first outdoor race of the 2017 season fresh off an appearance at the NCAA Indoor Championships, taking fourth in the 200 (24.31). Catherine Voelpel and Rachelle Alexander both had top-10 finishes in the 400, finishing in 57.18 and 57.49 respectively. Alexandra Lucki was the squad’s top finisher in the 800, crossing the line in 2:12.54 to take fourth, followed by Dallyssa Huggins (2:13.09) in sixth and Alexa Squirini (2:13.61) in ninth.
Lisa Meneau had a stellar season debut in the 400 meter hurdles, finishing as the top attached athletes with a mark of 58.12. This mark moves her into the top three on the NCAA East Region list so far this outdoor season and is the strongest opener the senior has posted in this event during her career.
In in the relays, Maryland outran in the field in the 4x400 as Meneau, Cooper, Voelpel and Huggins combined to finish in 3:46.00. The Terps had the sixth place team in the 4x100, as Baxter, Smith, Tucker and Richardson went 47.31.
Greg Thompson secured a meet victory for Maryland in the discus, throwing 58.70 meters to win the event. The throw was a season-best and currently ranks second in the nation. Nick Pulli was second for Maryland in the shot put with a throw of 15.75 meters.
Louis Corgliano won the 5000 meter run for Maryland, finishing in 14:49.23 while teammate Patrick Hanley was right on his heels to take second (14:51.35). Corgliano would also be the team’s top finisher in the 1500, taking eighth in 3:54.39.
Maryland had four top-10 finishers in the 400, with Dahri Jahn-Richardson in third (48.05), Alex Leto in fourth (48.11), Kameron Jones in seventh (48.45) and TJ Bleichner in ninth (48.71). Hazem Miawad was UMD’s top finisher in the 800, taking sixth in 1:55.70.
Paul Joseph took home a sixth place finish in the 400 hurdles to start his outdoor season, crossing the line in 54.40. Alex Leto notched a top-10 performance in the 200, finishing in 22.01 to place ninth.
The Terps rounded things out with an event victory in the 4x400 relay, as Jones, Leto, Joseph and Jahn-Richardson teamed up to win in 3:13.72.