Track Squads Have Strong Weekend

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Amina Smith joined an elite club in the women’s high jump, Cici Onyekwere earned her third victory in the women’s shot put and the Terps set a school record in the shuttle hurdle relay to lead Maryland track and field performances last weekend.

Smith finished second at the Florida Relays in Gainesville with a jump of 6 feet, 0-3/4 inches. It was her first time over 6 feet outdoors and tied her with two others for the top mark in the nation so far this year.

The senior became the sixth Terrapin woman ever over 6 feet and moved her into a tie for third on Maryland’s all-time list in the event.

Amber Melville cleared 5-11.50 to tie for fifth in the nation so far and Thea LaFond went 5-9.75 to qualify for the ECAC Championships in early May.

LaFond came back Saturday in Gainesville to finish second in the triple jump, with her mark of 43-1.75 being her best of the season and second in the nation so far this year. She lost to Alitta Boyd, who was competing unattached, by 3/4 inches.

Also in Florida, Lisa Meneau, Noella Anyangwe, Taylor Tucker and LaFond combined to post 57.32 seconds in the 4x100 shuttle hurdle relay, setting a Maryland school record.

They beat the old mark of 57.69 set in 2002 by Thema Napier, Diana Prestileo, Tia Burley and Amber Stanley.

Maryland also set a split squad to the Sam Howell Invitational at Princeton University this weekend. In Princeton, Onyekwere remained unbeaten in the shot put outdoors this season.

She was sixth in the competition until her final throw, when she went 49-11.75 to win with a career-best. She is fourth on Maryland’s all-time list in the event.

The day before, her teammate Sonya Napariu placed fifth in the women’s hammer by going almost nine feet better than her previous season-best at 171-6. Her ECAC-qualifying mark puts her 10th all-time at Maryland.

On the men’s side, junior Derek Holland posted a season-best by 16 inches in the triple jump at the Florida Relays, going 48-11.50.

At Princeton, freshman Paul Joseph cut more than a second off his previous season-best to place fifth in the 400-meter hurdles at 54.09. Senior Josh Haghighi also got a top-10 finish as his 52-11 mark in  the shot put placed eighth.

Maryland is expected to take next weekend off to continue training for the Atlantic Coast Conference Outdoor Championships, which take place April 17 to 19 in Chapel Hill, N.C.


  • In addition to Holland and Joseph, four men posted the top marks of the outdoor season by a Terp. Lionel Wilson (49.09 at 400), Mamadou Niang (1:53.78 at 800), Tom Hogarty (4:03.57 at 1,500) and Kikanae Punyua (15:26.13 at 5,000) each put new marks at the top of the outdoor performance list.
  • Friday in Gainesville, Myah Hicks (7th, 2:07.87) and Julie Sinkovitz (18th, 2:09.59) each hit ECAC-qualifying marks in their first 800-meter efforts outdoors this season.
  • Meneau cut a second off her previous season-best in the women’s 400 hurdles, with her 1:00.57 moving her from eighth to fifth all-time at Maryland.
  • Maryland’s 4x100 (47.33) and 4x400 (3:46.48) relay teams each hit ECAC-qualifying marks.