Track Teams Head into Second Meet of the Season This Weekend

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Dec. 30, 2001

Terrapin Invitational
January 5, 2002
Prince George's County Complex
Landover, Md.

No Place Like Home

*The Terps will ring in the new year with their second home meet of the season Saturday, Jan. 5. This marks the first time the team will enjoy back-to-back home meets since the team moved into the Prince George's Complex last season.

*Schools from the ACC, SEC, Big East and MEAC will provide a well-balanced field for the Terps to battle. Among the schools competing will be Alabama-Birmingham, Clemson, Coppin State, Delaware, Duke, Georgetown, Hampton, Howard, Mississippi, Mount St. Mary's, Navy, Norfolk State, North Carolina A & T, Pittsburgh, Robert Morris, South Carolina State, Virginia, Western Maryland.

*This will be the second of five invitational college meets to be held at the complex this season. The team has a partnership with the Potomac Valley Track Club to co-host the events.

Women Open Season in Style By Vaulting into Record Books

*Junior Natalie Dye (Myersville, Md.) set a school record in the pole vault at 12-6 to place first at the Maryland Invitational. She broke her own record at the Complex by a foot, which she set on Jan 7., 2001. She was also named Maryland female student-athlete of the week for Dec. 3 to 9 for her accomplishments.

*Senior Ruth Kura (Potomac, Md.) provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 20-lb. weight throw with an event-winning toss of 60-2 ˝.

*Also faring well in the first meet of the season were sophomore Toni Jefferson (Baltimore, Md.), who scored a victory in the 60 meters and junior Punnie Chittchang (Mount Airy, Md.) who finished first in the long jump with a leap of 19-6 Ľ. Chittchang also set a new Complex record in the long jump besting the 19-2 ˝ jump of Virginia's Kiamesha Otey last season.

*Dye, Kura, Jefferson and Chittchang all qualified for the ECAC Championships which be held March 1 and 2 in Boston, Mass.

*Senior Thema Napier (Columbia, Md.) pulled double duty at the Maryland Invitational finishing third in the 60-meter hurdles and fourth in the 800 meters.

Sprints and Hurdles Can't Trip Up Men in the Opener

*Despite several strong performances, only senior Phillip Barrett (Upper Marlboro, Md.) came out with a victory for the men's team at the Maryland Invitational. Barrett ran the 60-meter hurdles in 8.31 to take the win.

*Sophomore Harold Manning (Glen Burnie, Md.) finished second in the 200 meters and fourth in the 60 meters with times that qualified him to compete in the IC4A Championships.

*Freshman Rob Frelow (Waterbury, Conn.) rose to the challenge in his first collegiate meet to place third in the 400 meters. He missed qualifying for the IC4A Championships by a mere .02 seconds.

*Another strong event for the team was the high jump. Junior Adrian Nelson (Washington, D.C.) finished second and sophomore Brian Misar (Chester, N.J.) placed third.

Track and Field Contact: Chris Stuchko
Phone: 301-314-1483
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