Track Teams Travel To Penn Relays This Weekend

April 24, 2001

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The Maryland men's and women's track teams will travel to Philadelphia, Pa., this week to take part in the Penn Relays on April 26-28.

The Terps will follow up last weekend's ACC Championships with the heavily-contested Penn Relays on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania. The Terps will look to qualify more athletes for regional and NCAA competition at the meet, which will feature schools from around the country.

Among those competing for the Maryland women: freshman Toni Jefferson (Baltimore, Md), sophomores Tia Burley (Baltimore, Md.), Punnie Chittchang (Mount Airy, Md.), Natalie Dye (Myersville, Md.), Devenn Hamilton (Hampton, Va.), Dionne Hamilton (Hampton, Va.), Lynn Harris (Newark, Del.), Heather Houston (Fort Washington, Md.), Angie Rosamilia (Parsippany, N.J.), Rashida Twiggs (Blue Bell, Pa.), as well as juniors Ruth Kura (Potomac, Md.), Thema Napier (Columbia, Md.), Tracy Ojeniyi (Sewell, N.J.), and Amber Stanley (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.).

For the men's team, competing athletes include: freshmen Thomas Anderson (Gaithersburg, Md.), Toby Gershon (Ardmore, Pa.), and Harold Manning (Glen Burnie, Md.), sophomore Zach Webb (Lansdale, Pa.), juniors Phillip Barrett, Jr., Dave Benaderet (Baltimore, Md.), Dontae Bugg (Newport News, Va.), James Gondak (Doylestown, Pa.), and senior Cedrick Rogers (Fort Wayne, Ind.).

Thursday's events begin at 10 a.m. with the women's 400 hurdles. Thursday's competition also includes many of the men's and women's relays. The final event of the day is scheduled for just after 9 p.m. Competition continues on Friday and Saturday with the remaining running and throwing events.

Following the Penn Relays, the Terps will have meets at Penn State and Florida State, followed by regionals and the NCAA Championships.