March 5, 2003
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -
The ECAC Essentials
The 2003 ECAC Championships will be held Saturday and Sunday, March 8-9, at the Reggie Lewis Track and Field Center in Boston, Mass. The track features a banked 200-meter track, with six lanes around and an eight-lane straightaway.
The ECAC Saturday morning session will begin at 9 a.m. with the pentathlon events and will be followed by the afternoon session, which starts with the 60 meter hurdle trials at 2:30 p.m. Saturday's final event will be the 4x800 meter relay trials at 5:40 p.m.
Sunday's ECAC competition starts at noon with the weight throw and will conclude around 3:20 p.m. with the 4x800 meter relay finals. Awards ceremonies will follow Sunday's competition.
Live results for the ECAC meet will be posted throughout the competition on the ECAC web site.
Athletes are eligible to compete in the ECAC Championships only after meeting specific qualifying standards set by the ECAC. The meet offers athletes a final chance to qualify for the upcoming NCAA Championships in Fayetteville, Ark.
A Closer Look At This Year's Qualifiers
Leading the way for the Terp women are freshman Kierra Foster and junior Toni Jefferson, who have each qualified for three events at this year's championships. Foster will compete in the triple and long jumps, and also in the 60 meter hurdles, thanks to her school-record time of 8.51 set in the preliminaries of the ACC Championships. Jefferson will be seen in the 60, 200 and 400 meter dashes.
The Terp throwers will be represented by senior Aranda Brown and junior Labelle Hillgrove, in the weight throw and shot put, respectively.
Sprinters vying for NCAA-qualifying times include seniors Dionne and Devenn Hamilton, who will run in the 400 meter dash, and freshman Shenae Dawkins, who will take on the 60 meter hurdles. Junior Teyarnte' Carter has qualified for the 60 and 200 meter dashes.
Also competing will be Dye in the pole vault and freshman Allison Carney in the mile run.
Both the 4x400 and distance medley relay teams have qualified for this weekend's meet. The 4x400 group consists of Carter and the Hamilton twins, along with freshman Amanda Radziminski. Running the distance medley will be Carney, Devenn Hamilton, senior Kim Smith and freshman Danielle Siebert.
A Look Back At Last Year's ECAC Championships
Six women represented the Terps last year in Boston for the ECAC/IC4A Championships. Three athletes earned All-East honors by finishing in the top eight of their events.
Punnie Chittchang earned All-East honors by finishing fifth in the long jump with a distance of 19-4.25. Also given honors were seniors Amber Stanley, who came in fourth in the 60 meter hurdles (8.58) and Tracy Ojeniyi who captured sixth in the shot put (47-3.50).
Also competing was Brown, who took 17th in the weight throw competition.