COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland track and field team hosted the Kehoe Twilight Meet Friday night, dominating the competition with 16 first-place performances and setting a new school record, courtesy of Greg Thompson's 60.28m discus throw.
The Kehoe Twilight meet was also a special night for the seniors on the team, as they were honored on the turf of Ludwig Field for senior night. Rachelle Alexander, Sydney Almeida, Charde' Barnes, Alexandra Cimino, Tom Hogarty, Dahri Jahn-Richardson, Paul Joseph, Jillian Maloney, Lisa Meneau, Karah O'Halloran, Micha Powell, Alexa Squirini, Brandon Thompson, Taylor Tucker and Catherine Voelpel were the seniors honored at the meet.
Head Coach Andrew Valmon is especially happy with the seniors' efforts throughout their years at Maryland.
“The amount of work they've put into Maryland has been tremendous for us,” said Valmon following the meet. “A lot of school records, an Olympian – we're excited about what the future is going to be for them, on and off the track.”
Maryland's performances on the track at the Kehoe Twilight Meet certainly didn't reflect the struggles many teams face around the end of the outdoor season, with finals coming up for the student-athletes.
“We've been on a roll,” said Valmon. “They came out to compete. Every week we've had someone step up. Hopefully, we carry this momentum into the Big Ten [Outdoor Championships].”
The Maryland women dominated the field in the team standings with a combined score of 293, exceeding second place Georgetown (60) by over 200 points. The men finished in a similar fashion, posting a team score of 136, beating second place Hagerstown CC (65).
Greg Thompson continued Maryland's trend of breaking school records this season, throwing the discus 60.28m, breaking the previous mark of 59.74m set in 1983 and winning first place in the event.
Claudia Ababio finished first in the women's discus throw, hammer throw, and shotput. She launched the discus 53.24m, threw the shotput 14.89m and threw the hammer 56.87m.
Jillian Maloney took first in the javelin throw with a 36.73m throw.
In the women's long jump, Kayla Richardson finished first, jumping 6.09m. Jewel Smith finished second in the same event, jumping 5.86m. In the men's long jump, Gaston Assoua placed third with a 6.70m leap.
Nick Pulli threw for a first-place 16.21m in the men's shot put.
Kayla Richardson, Breanna Coleman, and Tamir Jacobs finished one-two-three, respectively in the women's triple jump. Richardson set a first-place mark of 12.13m while Coleman leaped 11.26m and Jacobs jumped 11.07m.
Charde' Barnes ran a first-place 11:48.97 in the women's 3000m steeplechase.
Paul Joseph placed first in the men's 100m dash, finishing the race with an 11.06. Aj Ruffin finished less than a tenth of a second behind with a second-place 11.10.
Diego Lyon finished first in the men's 100m hurdles with a 15.22.
Micha Powell placed first in the women's 400m race, running a 53.20.
Adrienne Minor ran a fourth-place 12.97 in the women's 100m dash.
The women's 4x100m relay squad of Baxter, Smith, Tucker and Richardson took first in the event, finishing with a 47.04.
The men's 4x100m relay team of Ruffin, Assoua, Thomas and Thompson finished first with a 41.96.
In the men's 800m, TJ Bleichner ran a fifth-place 1:53.07, while teammates Miawad and Scott finished in seventh and 10th, respectively.
In the women's 200m, Chandler Baxter took third, running a 25.01. Teammates Minor and Squirini finished behind her in seventh and ninth, respectively. In the men's race of the same distance, Dahri Jahn-Richardson finished in fourth with a 22.11.
Alexa Squirini led the Terps in the women's 1500m race, taking fourth with a 4:33.50. Ajimoko finished sixth, Almeida sixth, Novak 11th, Castellanos 12th and Go 13th.
The Maryland track and field team will return to action next week in University Park, Pennsylvania next weekend where they will compete in the Big Ten Outdoor Championships.
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