Ambrus Wins 5,000 in Blacksburg

Jan. 15, 2005

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Matt Ambrus won the men's 5,000-meter run in 14:58.25 to lead University of Maryland performers Friday at the Virginia Tech Indoor Invitational held at the Rector Fieldhouse.

Ambrus, a Terrapin senior, won the event by 11 seconds over Kyle MacKenzie of East Carolina. His effort led a strong day by the Maryland men, who placed three athletes in Saturday sprint and hurdle finals, and two others who earned top-five finishes in their event.

Peter Hess placed third at 1,000 meters at 2:29.96. He missed the qualifying time for the IC4A Indoor Championships by 0.11 seconds in only the Terps' second meet of the indoor season. Michael Fleg (seventh) and Florent Groberg (10th) also got top-10 finishes for Maryland at 1,000 meters.

Gerrick McPhearson, also a starter on the Terrapin football team, clinched a spot in the 60-meter dash final with a fourth-place finish in Friday's semifinals at 6.83 seconds. Dominic Berger (8.05) and Adam Durham (8.23) reached Saturday's final in the 60-meter hurdles with top-eight finishes in the semifinals.

Beau Fay continued a strong early-season showing in the throwing events with a mark of 57-9.50, earning fifth place in the 35-pound weight throw.

On the women's side, Katie Purcell had the Terps' strongest finish on Friday, placing third at 1,000 meters with a mark of 3:08.08. Maryland also finished fourth (Shari Gorga), fifth (Ashley Tremblay) and seventh (Cori Koch) in that event.

Zhanna Barer was fifth in the pole vault for the Terps at 11-5.75, while freshmen were also strong in the field events. Toni Aluko was eighth in the triple jump (38-6.25), while Zakiya Shivers and Jillian Anwah were seventh and eighth, respectively, in the weight throw.

Kierra Foster qualified for Saturday's final in the 60-meter hurdles, going 8.61 in the semifinals to earn the fifth seed in the final round.

WOMEN'S EVENTS (First-place and Terrapin finishers)
1,000 Meters - 1. Erin Henry, Georgetown, 2:59.11... 3. Katie Purcell, Maryland, 3:08.08; 4. Shari Gorga, Maryland, 3:09.39; 5. Ashley Tremblay, Maryland, 3:10.89; 7. Cori Koch, Maryland, 3:17.32.
60-Meter Hurdles Prelims - 1. Tiffany Ross, South Carolina, 8.47... 3. Kierra Foster, Maryland, 8.65; 23. Christina Smith, Maryland, 9.61.
60-Meter Hurdles Semis - 1. Kellie Wells, Hampton, 8.41... 5. Kierra Foster, Maryland, 8.61 (Top eight qualify for Saturday's final).
Pole Vault - 1. Jessica Andrews, Tennessee, 11-11.75... 5. Zhanna Barer, Maryland, 11-5.75.
Triple Jump - 1. Yvette Lewis, Hampton, 41-8.50... 8. Toni Aluko, Maryland, 38-6.25.
Weight Throw - 1. Tamara Burns, Unatt., 65-6... 7. Zakiya Shivers, Maryland, 51-2.25; 8. Jillian Anwah, Maryland, 50-1.25.

60-Meter Dash Prelims - 1. Abe Morlu, T.H.I.S., 6.83... 4. Gerrick McPhearson, Maryland, 6.87.
60-Meter Dash Semis - 1. Abe Morlu, T.H.I.S., 6.71... 4. Gerrick McPhearson, Maryland, 6.83 (Top eight qualify for Saturday's final).
1,000 Meters - 1. Matt Debole, Unatt., 2:25.33... 3. Peter Hess, Maryland, 2:29.96; 7. Michael Fleg, Maryland, 2:31.80; 10. Florent Groberg, Maryland, 2:33.07; 14. Matt Sanders, Maryland, 2:35.29.
5,000 Meters - 1. Adam Ambrus, Maryland, 14:58.25; 2. Kyle MacKenzie, East Carolina, 15:09.30... 5. Nathaniel Zola, Maryland, 15:24.76; 6. Patrick Bailey, Maryland, 15:25.36; 12. Eric Marenburg, Maryland, 16:12.92.
60-Meter Hurdles Prelims - 1. Fred Townsend, Unatt., 7.95... 4. Dominic Berger, Maryland, 8.13; 10. Adam Durham, Maryland, 8.38.
60-Meter Hurdles Semis - 1. Fred Townsend, Unatt., 7.94... 4. Dominic Berger, Maryland, 8.05; 8. Adam Durham, Maryland, 8.23 (Top eight qualify for Saturday's final).
Weight Throw - 1. Spyridon Jullian, Virginia Tech, 76-0... 5. Beau Fay, Maryland, 57-9.50.