COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Maryland's track and field teams will compete at the Big Ten Championships this weekend May 12-14 on the campus of Penn State University. The event, hosted at Nittany Lion Track, will begin this Friday morning and will run through Sunday afternoon.
BTN coverage will begin Saturday for the infield finals at approx. 1:20 pm, while Sunday coverage is set to start at 11:30 am.
- Senior Micha Powell will look to improve upon her 400 meter time as championship season begins in full swing, coming into the meet off a season-best 53.20 at the Kehoe Twilight. Powell took second in the 400 (52.60) at the Big Ten Indoor Championships in February en route to qualifying for her third NCAA Championship event. She will also be key piece for the Terps in the 4x400 relay.
- Senior Lisa Meneau currently owns the 16th fastest time in the country in the 400 meter hurdles, after she ran a personal-best 57.65 at the Florida Relays in late March. Meneau took fourth in the 400 hurdles at last season's outdoor championships, and will also run for the Terps in the 4x400 relay.
- Junior Alexandra Lucki currently ranks inside the top-50 nationally in the 1500, a few months removed from a third place finish in the women's mile (4:43.13) at the Big Ten Indoor Championships. Lucki is primed to continue to build on her conference championship resume, as she looks to qualify for her second NCAA East Regional Meet.
- Junior Peyton Wade and freshman Dallyssa Huggins will both set their sights on the podium in the women's heptathlon. Both currently rank inside the top-50 nationally in the event, and finished second and third (respectively) in the pentathlon at the Big Ten Indoor Championships in February. The heptathlon is scheduled to begin at 12:15 pm Friday afternoon with the 100 meter hurdles.
- Sophomore Greg Thompson enters the Big Ten Championships as the reigning Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week. Thompson broke a school record in the discus at the Kehoe Twilight Meet last weekend, throwing 60.28 meters (197-09) to break Alan Baginski's 34-year school record in the event (196-00 – 1983). Thompson now ranks 10th in the nation in the discus, with the event set to begin at noon on Sunday.
- Michigan and Minnesota tied for the women's title last outdoor season, with both teams totaling 106 points to share the championship. Host Penn State will also be a contender, a few months removed from winning the Big Ten Indoor title by a 2.50-point margin over Purdue.
- On the men's side, Nebraska is back to defend its 2016 outdoor title after a dominating 140.5-point first place finish at last year's event. Indiana captured the 2017 men's indoor title buy a comfortable margin, winning the conference meet with 112 points.
- The Maryland women totaled 32 points to finish 11th last season while the Terrapin men took 13th
- Chioma Onyekwere medaled twice of the Terps at the event, taking third in the discus (54.43m) and second in the shot put (16.85m).
- Meneau, Voelpel, Cimino and Powell combined to run 3:40.82 in the women's 4x400 relay for the fifth fastest time ever for a Maryland squad, as the quartet finished seventh in the field.
Should any athletes qualify, the Terps will be in action at the 2017 NCAA East Regional Meet May 25-27 in Lexington, Ky.