COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Three Terrapins will represent the Maryland track and field program at the upcoming 29th World University Games in Taipei held August 19-30. Rising sophomore Dallyssa Huggins, rising junior Greg Thompson and recently graduated Micha Powell were all selected to represent their country against international competition at the event.
The World University Games are held every other year and are organized by the International University Sports Federation (FISU). The event is a multi-sport competition open to men and women who are between the ages of 17 and 24, and are or have been within the past year, a student at a college or university.
Track and field competition at the games will run from Wednesday, August 23 to Monday, August 28, with the trio of Terps set to be in action throughout the week at Taipei Stadium.
Huggins was selected to compete for Team Canada in the women’s heptathlon competition, scheduled to run August 26-27. The Markham, Ontario put together a solid freshman season on the track in College Park, medaling in the pentathlon (3rd – 3945 points) at the 2017 Big Ten Indoor Championships. Huggins notched another podium finish at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships, taking fourth with 5307 in the women’s heptathlon. The finish moved her into fourth all-time in the multi-event in Maryland history.
Huggins has previously competed under the Canadian flag this summer, after she placed first in the Heptathlon at the Canadian junior championships while also claiming 1st in the 400m hurdle junior race and 2nd in the high jump competition. She then took home bronze in the heptathlon at the Pan American U20 Championships July 21-23, totaling 5237 points.
Thompson will represent his native England at the games, competing in the men’s discus on August 28. Thompson put together a historic sophomore campaign this past year, qualifying for the NCAA Championships while breaking a 34-year Maryland record in the discus. His mark of 197-9 (60.28m) set a new Maryland all-time best in the event, while he was named Maryland’s first-ever male Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week on May 10.
Thompson was in action at the British National Championships earlier this summer, finishing in the top-five at the event.
Powell will add another chapter to her illustrious international career when she competes in the women’s 400 meter event starting on August 23. Powell has previously represented her native Canada at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and Canadian Championships, including this past July at the women’s senior 400 meter competition in Ottawa.
The Toronto, Ontario native put together a memorable four-year career at Maryland, where she was a four-time NCAA Championship Qualifier, three-time NCAA East Regional Qualifier and All-Big Ten Performer. Powell has a hand in four Maryland program records, including the top indoor (52.56) and outdoor (51.97) 400 meter times.