Aug. 30, 2002
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - This year, the women's track and field team proved to be successful both on and off the field. Juniors Natalie Dye and Devenn Hamilton, and senior Thema Napier were honored for their efforts in the classroom by their selection into the 2002 Division I All-Academic Track and Field Team.
Dye, a pole vaulter, achieved a personal best and set the university record at the Maryland Invitational this year with a 12-6 vault. She was also an NCAA Provisional Qualifier in her event, after finishing second in the ACC. The biochemistry major maintains a 3.97 GPA, which is the second-highest GPA of this year's Division I All-Academic Track and Field Team.
Hamilton, a kinesiology major, earned her place on the All-Academic Team by holding a 3.17 GPA last year. She also had a successful year in track, setting a season-best time of 57.66 in the 500 meters at the Delaware Invitational. At last year's Penn Relays she was part of a school record-setting 4X400-meter relay team, which included fellow All-Academic member Napier.
Last year was a standout year for Napier, who set a school record in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.52 at the preliminaries of the ACC Championships. Her run during the finals was good enough to give her fourth in the event. Napier, the school's most decorated hurdler, qualified for the NCAA Provisionals by finishing third in the 400-meter hurdles at the Alabama Relays. She also placed fourth in the 100-meter hurdles at that race. An international business and marketing major, Napier's graduating GPA of 3.20 shows a high level of dedication to her academics as well as to her team.
Thanks in part to the effort of these three women, the team average GPA of 3.04 was enough to have the Terps honored on this year's All-Academic Track and Field Team list for all Division I schools.