December 27, 1998
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland men and women's indoor track and field teams opened the season with impressive showings at the Navy Invitational and the Bucknell Invitational this weekend.
On Friday, the Terps traveled to Annapolis, Md., to compete in the Navy Invitational. The meet was highlighted by strong performances in both the track events and the field events. Senior Heather Atkinson (Urbana, Ill.) and junior Cathy Porter (Millersville, Md.) both qualified for the NCAA's in the 20lb. weight with throws of 55-2 and 55-9, respectively.
Five members of the women's team qualified for the Eastern Colleges of America Conference (ECAC) Championships. Senior Melody Vaughn (Houston, Texas) qualified in the long jump with a distance of 19-3 _. Senior Nikki Webster (Richmond, Va.) qualified in the triple jump with a distance of 39-7. Junior Jaime Dorshimer (Slatington, Pa.) qualified in the pole vault with a jump of 10-0. Freshman Thema Napier (Columbia, Md.) qualified in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 8.00 seconds. Junior Stacy Minott (Greensburg, N.Y.) also qualified for the ECAC's in the 55-meter dash with a time of 6.9. In addition, the Terps' 4x400-meter relay team qualified with a time of 3:53.00.
For the men, there were two qualifiers for the Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America (IC4A) Championships. Senior Asa Heath (Richmond, Va.) and freshman Dontae Bugg (Newport News, Va.) both qualified in the 55-meter hurdles with times of 7.4 seconds and 7.3 seconds, respectively. The men's 4x400-meter relay team also qualified with a time of 3:21.4.
After competing in Annapolis, the teams traveled to Lewisburg, Pa., to compete in the Bucknell Invitational. The meet was marked by several strong individual performances, especially on the women's side. Dorshimer again was impressive in the pole vault, as she took first place with a jump of 10-6. Webster also continued her strong jumping as she took first in the long jump with a distance of 18-10 _. Minott also fared well for the second time in two meets as she won the 55-meters in 7.06 seconds. Atkinson was victorious in the 20lb. weight with a throw of 53-7 _. In addition, the Terps' distance medley relay team took first with a time of 12:17.52.
Junior John Carr (Washington, D.C.), who took first in the 55-meters with a time of 6.51, led the men. Bugg was impressive again for the Terps as he won the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 7.53.