May 9, 2005
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Head Coach Andrew Valmon announced the Most Valuable Athlete awards for cross country and indoor track recently to honor top performances for the University of Maryland.
Danielle Siebert and Peter Hess were honored as the MVP performers in women's and men's cross country, respectively. Earning the honors for indoor track were All-American Kierra Foster and Gerrick McPhearson.
Siebert, a junior from Chalfont, Pa., finished the season as Maryland's top runner at both the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional and the ECAC Championships at the end of the season. She led the Terps with a 26th-place finish at both events, barely missing on All-Region honors. Her best finish in cross country came at the James Madison Invitational, where she led the Terps to a second-place team finish by placing fifth individually. Her other trip to the top-10 came with a seventh at the ACC Pre-Meet, held at the University Golf Course.
A sophomore from Toms River, N.J., Hess followed up on his ACC Freshman of the Year effort by dispelling any notion of a sophomore jinx. He was hot at mid-season, earning a second at the James Madison Invitational and an individual win at the ACC Pre-Meet. He led Maryland at both the Mid-Atlantic Regional and the IC4A Championships, earning All-Region with a 23rd-place finish and finishing fourth individually at the ECAC meet.
Foster, a junior from West Palm Beach, Fla., sparked the Terrapin women indoors in 2005. She earned All-America status with her sixth-place finish in the women's long jump at the NCAA Indoor Nationals held in Fayetteville, Ark. Foster broke her own school record with a leap of 21 feet, 2.50 inches at the Virginia Tech Invitational early in the indoor season. She also earned All-ACC honors with a third-place finish in the long jump at the league meet (20-1.75).
McPhearson, a junior from Columbia, Md., was also an All-ACC performer at the league's indoor championship. Coming to the indoor track roster after a successful season as a cornerback on the Terrapin football team, McPhearson had a season-best of 6.73 in the 60-meter dash, and posted three marks under 6.80. He had a pair of first-place finishes (Maryland Invitational and the Delaware Invitational) and was one of two Terrapins to run in Madison Square Garden at the historic Millrose Games, placing sixth in the final of the New Balance Armory Collegiate meet.
Outdoor track and field awards will be given following the outdoor season, which wraps up with the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships to be held in Sacramento, Calif., on June 8 through 11.