PRINCETON, N.J. – Avery Graham earned a bronze medal with his third-place finish in the men’s 100 meters and Micha Powell was fifth in the women’s 400 to lead University of Maryland performances this weekend at the IC4A / ECAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Princeton University.
Graham, a Terrapin senior, advanced through two rounds of qualifying on Saturday to earn the fourth seed in Sunday’s final. He ran his best mark of the meet on Sunday at 10.61 to earn third place.
Powell was the only freshman to gain a spot in Sunday’s final of the women’s 400. She posted 54.38 to place fifth in Sunday’s final, her best mark of the season and the sixth-fastest ever by a Maryland woman in the event.
Maryland also scored on Sunday in the women’s 4x400 relay. Arielle Statham, Rachelle Alexander, Lisa Meneau and Shade Pratt were sixth in the final at 3:44.16 after running 3:44.07 to qualify seventh on Saturday.
The Terrapins got off to a strong start on Friday evening when senior Becky Yep posted a career-best time of 17:05.00 in the women’s 5,000. Her time moved her up to seventh all-time at Maryland.
Senior Mamadou Niang posted a season-best in the men’s 800 prelims on Saturday, finishing 20th in 1:51.14.
The Terrapins scored seven team points on the women's side to tie for 39th of 57 scoring teams, while Graham's six team points put the Terps in a tie for 38th out of 58 scoring teams in the men's standings.
Maryland will learn in the next few days their positions on the qualifying list for the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds for the national championships. The East Prelims will be held May 29 to 31 at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville.
The top 48 student-athletes in each event advance to the NCAA East Prelims, trying for a top-12 finish that advances them to the NCAA Outdoor Nationals at Eugene, Ore., on June 11 to 14.