March 18, 2000
Richmond, Va. - The Maryland Men's and Women's track teams competed at Virginia Commonwealth's Inaugural Ram Invitational on March 18, and brought home 10 first place finishes.
On the women's side, sophomore Thema Napier (Columbia, Md.) was victorious in two events, taking the 100-meter low hurdles and the 400-meter intermediate hurdles in times of 14.54 and 1:02.97. Freshman Natalie Dye (Myersville, Md.) placed first as well, pole vaulting to a height of 3.20 meters. Fellow freshman Punnie Chittchang (Mount Airy, Md.) took the long jump with a mark of 5.82 meters and finished second in the triple jump with a mark of 11.48 meters. Sophomore Tracy Ojeniyi (Sewell, N.J.) won the shot put with a 13.16 meter mark.
Senior John Carr (Washington, D.C.) paced the men's team, taking the 200 meter dash with a time of 22.21. Sophomore Phillip Barrett (Upper Marlboro, Md.) prevailed in the 110 meter high hurdles with a 14.92 mark, while senior Jason Joubert (Rockville, Md.) took the 400 meter intermediate hurdles with a time of 54.06. Sophomore Andrew Long (Columbia, Md.) conquered the shot put with a 14.28 meter throw.
In addition to the individual Terp winners, both the men's and women's 4 x 400 meter relay teams took first place. The Lady Terps posted a time of 3:55.44, while the Maryland men triumphed with a 3:19.94 mark.
The men's and women's track teams will be back in action March 23-27 at the Alabama Relays in Tuscaloosa, before returning to College Park for the Maryland Invitational to be held April 1.