Shoultz Ties School Record at UVA Quad Meet

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Terps competed in a scored competition versus host, University of Virginia, Georgetown, and Bucknell on Friday afternoon. 

Highlights from the competition included a new facility record for Sam Shoultz in the high jump.  Shoultz, who has demonstrated tremendous upside this outdoor season continued to shine with a clearance over 2.24m (7’4 ¼”).  This ties the current University of Maryland school record set by Mike Pascuzzo in 1982.  In addition, this jump pushed Shoultz ahead of his high jump coach, Jonathan Hill, who previously held the number two spot in this event at 7’3 ¾”.  

The Terrapin women all finished in the top five of the hammer competition with Emma O’Hara taking the victory.  O’Hara threw 58.00m, while Claudia Ababio notched a mark of 50.60m, and Bayli Smith threw 49.29m.  For the men, Nick Pulli placed 2nd in the Hammer competition with a career best throw of 53.06m (174’1”).

In the 100m hurdles, Nadia Hackett recorded a lifetime best after crossing the line in 14.14.  Thaila Cooper also set a personal best with a time of 14.44.  In the 100m dash, Deborah Olawuni crossed the line in 12.06 with Chandler Baxter running 12.22.

Aaron Robinson continued a strong freshman campaign finishing second in the 400m dash in 48.16.  Kameron Jones placed 3rd in 48.20 and Alex Leto was 6th in 48.51.  For the women, Jai’lyn Merriweather took 2nd place in 56.03 and Cheyenne Jones finished 4th in 57.69.

In the men’s 800m, TJ Bleichner led the way and finished in 1:55.38.  Ryan Scott crossed the line in 1:55.94 with Brady Snelson running 1:56.97.

In the women’s 400m hurdle race, the group notched four of the top five place finishes.  Leading the way was Xahria Santiago with a season best time of 59.03.  Thaila Cooper placed 3rd in 1:01.50, while Nadia Hackett ran 1:02.78, and Dallyssa Huggins crossed the line in 1:04.64.

Greg Thompson continued his success in the men’s discus.  The returning NCAA All-American threw 55.36m (181’7”).  Claudia Ababio also took the victory in the women’s discus with a mark of 48.67m (159’8”). 

Peyton Wade set a lifetime best in the long jump after leaping to a distance of 5.95m (19’6 ¼”).  Drew Alfano placed 2ndin the men’s long jump with a mark of 7.03m.  

In the women’s 1500m, Christine Laurie had a steady race to finish in 4:36.48.  Vickie Ajimoko set a season best time of 4:44.68.  For the men, Patrick Hanley dropped down in distance from his usual longer races and posted a time of 4:05.18.  William Jones crossed the line in 4:06.38.

After a busy day on the track and in the field, Dallyssa Huggins cleared 5’7 ¼” in the women’s high jump competition for the victory.  

Aaron Barlev ran at his best in the 2000m steeplechase placing 2nd in 6:00.65. 

The 4x400m relay squads capped off the competition with a first place finish for the men and a second place finish for the women’s squad.  The men’s squad was comprised of Aaron Robinson, Kameron Jones, Ryan Scott, and TJ Bleichner.  The women’s squad included Cheyenne Jones, Peyton Wade, Chandler Baxter, and Dallyssa Huggins.

The Terps will have an off weekend coming up before entering the UVA Challenge back at Lannigan field on April 20th-21st as well as sending a group to the Larry Ellis Invitational in Princeton the same weekend.