Foster, Berger Advance to NCAA Finals

June 7, 2006

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Kierra Foster and Dominic Berger of the University of Maryland advanced to final rounds in their respective events with their performances Wednesday at the 2006 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships being hosted by Sacramento State University.

Foster was ninth overall in the women's long jump after a jump of 20 feet, 8 inches in Wednesday's preliminary round. Maryland teammate Lynn Hernandez was 15th in the prelims at 20-4.25, but only the top 12 advanced to Thursday's final.

Foster must finish among the top eight on Thursday to earn All-America status and score a point for the Terrapins. Rhonda Watkins of UCLA and Charisse Bacchus of Kansas tied for first place in Wednesday's preliminary round after jumping 21-6.25.

Tabia Charles of Miami was the final qualifier with a mark of 20-6.50, just a quarter-inch better than Antonette Carter of California.

In the men's 110-meter hurdles, Berger needed to advance through two rounds of competition to make Friday's final.

In the first round, he ran 13.83 to finish fourth in his heat and earn the 10th position overall. Later Wednesday evening, he again finished fourth in his semifinal heat to earn a spot in the final. His semifinal mark of 13.73 was the eighth-best in the field on Wednesday.

Aries Merritt of Tennessee ran 13.40 to earn the top qualifying spot for Friday's final. Nine athletes will run in that final on Friday.