Fricke, Hicks Post Top-10 Marks for Terps

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April 8, 2012

Colonial Relays Results

Florida Relays Results

Julie Fricke and Myah Hicks turned in outstanding performances for Maryland this weekend as the Terrapins sent split squads to the Colonial Relays and the Florida Relays.

Hicks finished seventh in the women's 800 at the Colonial Relays hosted by William & Mary, moving into fifth all-time in the event at Maryland at 2:10.06. Julie Sinkovitz (2:12.62), Maeve McCoy (2:21.38) and Christy Goldmann (2:22.76) also had season-bests in that event.

Fricke went 16:52.40 in the women's 5,000 to become the fourth Maryland woman in history under 17 minutes in that event. She finished 12th, but earned an ECAC-qualifying mark in posting the Terps' best time in the event since 2006. Becky Yep moved into ninth on Maryland's all-time list with a 17:21.72 clocking.

Ashley Cromartie finished fifth in the women's steeplechase in 10:45.38, posting a career-best by nearly seven seconds.

Two Maryland women's relays got top-10 finishes, as the 4x800 of McCoy, Goldman, Caitlin Orr and Sinkovitz went 9:24.92, and the 4x1,500 quartet of Cromartie, Fricke, Maryam Fikri and Hicks were third in 18:31.50.

Sean O'Leary had the best finish for the men at the Colonial Relays, placing 11th in the 3,000-meter run at 8:43.35. Craig Morgan had a season-best in the 800 at 1:54.79, just behind Sujanth Kuppalli's mark of 1:54.33.

Maryland's distance medley relay squad of Morgan, Terrence Maliff, Nick Regan (14:45.20 in the open 5K) and Kuppalli went 10:17.98.

In Gainesville, Fla., Jessie Echard and Moriah Young each got top-10 finishes in the women's hammer for the Terrapins. Echard was third at 180 feet, 6 inches, with Young in seventh at 172-9.

Amina Smith tied for seventh in the women's high jump, with all four Terps who competed (Smith, Amber Melville, Thea LaFond and Kiani Profit) clearing 5-7. LaFond came back to post a season-best in the triple jump at 39-10.50, improving her mark that was already sixth-best at Maryland.

Profit placed seventh in the 400-meter hurdles at 57.69, less than a half-second from her school record of 57.35. Taylor Bumpas and Nicole Banker each had season-bests in the women's 800.

Maryland's relay teams each had ECAC-qualifying marks and season-bests. Ayanna Fields, Arielle Statham, Ashley Hendrix and DeAnna Brown went 47.48 in the 4x100, with Statham-Brown-Bumpas and Profit running 3:44.58 in the 4x400.

On the men's side, Jon Hill tied his season-best with a 7-0.50 mark in the men's high jump, placing fourth. Josh Haghighi went nearly a foot past his season-best in the shot put to place fifth at 54-2.

Zack Ray had a career-best of 52.73 in the 400 hurdles, moving up to eighth all-time at Maryland and posting the third best mark at Maryland since 2000. Ray also placed ninth in the men's long jump.

Pat Cole placed 10th in the discus throw at 153-8, while Floyd Hawkes had a season-best and an IC4A-qualifying mark of 10.80 in the 100-meter dash.

Maryland's 4x200 relay squad of Ray, John Davenport, Dareem David and Hawkes went 1:25.37, posting the second-fastest mark in Maryland history.

The Terrapins will have next weekend off before traveling to Virginia for the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships on April 19 through 21.