COLLEGE PARK, Md. - In their final career event in College Park, multiple senior Terps put forth strong performances to close out their last home competition at Maryland. This final home effort will lead the team into postseason with the Big Ten Championships taking place May 11th-13th.
“It is a fitting way to send off our seniors as they perform in front of their family and peers,” head coach Andrew Valmon said. “This has been a great group of seniors who have used their own experiences to help support our younger athletes and set the bar for the future.”
Seniors Claudia Ababio and Emma O’Hara took the top two spots in the women’s hammer throw, while fellow senior Nick Pulli took the top spot on the men’s side with a personal best throw of 54.39m. Additionally, Ababio took home the shot put win with a throw of 14.34m with her family in attendance and her younger sister competing against her from Montgomery College.
Kayla Richardson won the triple jump in her last home competition as a senior with a leap of 12.10m as her mother cheered on from the stands. Junior, Carlos Vanzego took home the crown on the men’s side with a 14.78m jump. Kela Seals placed 2nd in the long jump competition with a lifetime best of 17’7”.
Senior, Deborah Olawuni led the charge in the 4x100m race and capped off a season best for the Terps alongside fellow senior Chandler Baxter. The team ran 46.35 with contributions from Jewel Smith and Dai’lyn Merriweather as well. Olawuni came back strong to win the open 100m dash as well.
Junior Sam Shoultz had yet another great performance in the high jump winning the event with a jump of 2.18m. His senior teammate, David Tarcza finished in second to cap off his final home competition.
In the men’s 200m dash, senior Alex Leto set a new lifetime best with a run of 21.73. In the 400m dash, freshman Aaron Robinson and sophomore Kameron Jones finished 1-2 with both athletes posting season best times of 47.42 and 47.58 respectively. Senior, Eric Thomas also posted a season best mark of 49.33. Travis Valmon ran his first collegiate race winning his heat in the 400m with a time of 49.82.
Dallyssa Huggins had a strong day jumping 1.77m in the high jump for 2nd place. Huggins also won the Javelin with a toss of 34.99m and placed 3rd in the 400 Hurdles with a time of 1:02.29.
Calvin Pitney set a new season best in the Pole Vault with a mark of 5.10m. This will set up Pitney well for post-season competition.
In the women’s 200m dash, Cheyenne Jones set a season best time of 24.78 while senior Chandler Baxter looked strong coming across the line in 25.10. Jai’lyn and Dai’lyn Merriweather ran 25.28 and 25.48 respectively. Senior Adrienne Minor capped off her final home meet with a mark of 26.67.
Senior, Gaston Assoua set a new season best in the long jump with a mark of 23’8 ¾” (7.23m) to win the competition. Greg Thompson continued to throw over the 60m mark in the Discus winning this event with a toss of 60.24m (197’8”).
The women’s 1500m saw several terps in action with Christine Laurie placing 3rd in 4:30.86. Senior Vickie Ajimoko ran 4:49.72 and Paige Novak crossed the line in 4:50.51. On the men’s side, Aaron Barlev ran 3:55.87 and freshman William Jones also ran a season best posting a time of 3:56.59. Senior, Louis Corgliano had his final tune up before switching gears to the 3k steeplechase next week with a time of 3:57.07 in the 1500m.
Patrick Hanley capped off the evening of competition winning the 5k in a time of 15:01.19.
The Terps will head out to Indiana for the Big Ten Championships competing May 11th-13th.