Terps Host Maryland Outdoor Invitational

March 29, 2007

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland Terrapins track and field team is set to host the Maryland Outdoor Invitational on March 31 at Kehoe Field in College Park. Track events will begin at 9:00 a.m. and field events will start at 10:00 a.m. Saturday.

Athletes from the following teams will compete in the meet: American, Bowie State, Brockport State, Cabrini, California (Pa.), CCNY, Delaware, Essex CC, Frostburg State, Globe Institute, Hagerstown CC, Howard CC, Johns Hopkins, Kutztown, La Salle, Lock Haven, Long Island, Loyola (Md.), Maryland, Monmouth, Penn, Rutgers, Salisbury, Shippensburg, Temple, UDC, and UMBC.

Maryland track and field opened the 2007 outdoor season last weekend, sending athletes to the Disney Invitational in Orlando, Fla., and to the Navy Invitational in Annapolis, Md.

In Orlando, senior Adam Durham (Tampa, Fla.) qualified for the NCAA regional meet in the 110-meter hurdles (14.22) and ran an IC4A-qualifying time in the 400-meter hurdles (53.59).

Posting IC4A-qualifying marks at the Disney Invitational were junior Danny Oquendo (Hackensack, N.J.) in the 100-meter hurdles (14.77) and freshman Jason Allen (Ellicott City, Md.) in the long jump (23-3).

On the women's side at the Disney Invitational, junior Jillian Anwah (Centreville, Va.) qualified for the NCAA Regional meet in the shot put with a personal best mark (47-3).

Senior Zakiya Shivers (Baltimore, Md.) won the hammer throw (166-9), placed fifth in the shot put (46-0.5'), and finished second in the discus throw (139-8) qualifying for ECAC competition in three events.

"Anwah and Durham qualified their first time out for the NCAA regional competition," said head coach Andrew Valmon, "Sean Lowe was only .01 seconds away from hitting the mark in the men's 400-meter dash. This meet showed a solid start to what will prove to be an exciting outdoor season."

Meanwhile, last weekend at the Navy Invitational, sophomore Richard Taylor (Centreville, Va.) qualified for the IC4A competition in the 100-meter dash (10.60) and junior Earl Gray (Marlboro, N.J.) won the 200-meter dash (21.70).

For the women, freshman Tolulope Olugbemi (Baltimore, Md.) won the 400-meter dash (58.62) and junior Christina Smith (Sicklerville, N.J.) competed in four events and was the top finisher in the 200-meter dash (24.63).

On the outcome of the Navy Invitational, Coach Valmon was "happy with the manner in which all of the athletes approached this meet and the effort that was apparent during the competition. Many Maryland athletes posted personal-best marks that will only improve as the season progresses."

Maryland looks to build off the early outdoor season successes of last weekend at the Maryland Invitational Saturday.