COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The Maryland women’s indoor track and field team will return to action February 23-24 in Geneva, Ohio for the Big Ten Indoor Track and Field Championships. The event, hosted by the Spire Institute, is set to begin at 10 a.m. on Friday and will run through Saturday afternoon.
Events will be streamed live on BTN Plus and FloTrack on both days.
- As one of Maryland's top performers in distance events this season, senior Alexandra Lucki will be a huge factor in the team's success this weekend after setting personal bests this season in the 3000m (9:35.61), which put her at number three in Maryland's record books and finishing at 4:40.84 in the 3000m at the Spire Invitational, second best in school history. Lucki's mile time at 4:40.84 is ranked the 5th best time in the Big Ten this season.
- Fellow senior Claudia Ababio will look to have another good showing at the Big Ten Indoor Championships this season and help the Terps to success leading in field events. Ababio set a personal best this season in the shot put at the Husker Invitational with a mark of 51-03.75, which moves her up to third all-time in Maryland's indoor record books. This performance also put her at number 12 in Big Ten rankings in the shot put.
- Multi-talented sophomore Dallyssa Huggins will be in the running at the podium in the penthatlon after a successful season where she set a new personal record in the 600m (1:33.16), putting her at third in the record books. Huggins also looks to fnish at the podium, ranked in the top 20 at high jump in the Big Ten with a mark of 1.73m and ranked number six in the indoor pentathlon with a score of 3853.
- Freshman Jai'lyn Merriweather will look to make the podium this weekend as she holds the school record in the 500m, finishing at 1:12.36. Her performance at the Spire Inviational also ranks in the top 20 in the Big Ten at 54.52.
- The Terps finished ninth overall in the field with 47 points.
- Junior Peyton Wade and freshman Dallyssa Huggins both notched podium finishes in the pentathlon to highlight a successful first day of competition at the Big Ten Championships Friday. The duo combined for four of the possible five pentathlon event victories to secure a 2-3 finish for Maryland in the event.
- The women’s distance medley relay squad pieced together a school-record finish in the event, as Alexa Squirini, Thaila Cooper, Rachelle Alexander and Alexandra Lucki combined to finish in 11:25.63.
- 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 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.
Should any athletes qualify, the Terps will be in action at the 2018 NCAA Indoor Championships in College Station, Texas March 9-10.