Track Has Eyes On The Prize Going Into This Weekend's ACC Championships

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Feb. 12, 2002

ACC Indoor Championships
February 15 and 16, 2002
Eddie Smith Fieldhouse
Chapel Hill, N.C.

Eyes On the Prize

* This week will mark the high point of the Terps season as they go for a chance at ACC glory as they compete in the ACC Indoor Championships at the Eddie Smith Fieldhouse in Chapel Hill, N.C. Events will begin at 11 a.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. on Saturday. For a full schedule of times and events go to

Looking For Improvement

* Both teams are looking to improve upon their 2000-01 ACC Indoor finishes, where the women came sixth and the men ninth.

* Among those who are currently on the team that have previously been All ACC Indoor All-Conference Selections are senior Ruth Kura (Potomac, Md.), who is two-time honoree in 1999 and 2001, junior Tia Burley (Baltimore, Md.) in 2000 and senior Tracy Ojeniyi (Sewell, N.J.) who earned her spot in 2001.

Kura Once Again Breaks School Record

* For the third consecutive week, Kura toppled her own school record in the weight throw on the way to a first place victory to help pace the Terps track and field teams at this weekend's Armory Collegiate Invitational held in New York City. Kura threw a whopping 66-9.25 to break her own record by over two feet. She also established a new meet record, besting the mark of 63-2 set last year by Katy Craig of Ohio State.

* Through six meets this season, Kura has nabbed five first place finishes and one second place. From the beginning of the season, she has surpassed her own school record by 5 feet.

Teams Hold Spots in the Rankings

* According to the USATC Team Power Rankings as of Feb. 11, the women's team comes in at the 23rd spot, while the men are at 49. The rankings are based on the quality of performances in dual meets of two top performers in each event.

Coming In On A Roll

* Beside Kura, no Terp enters the ACC Championships as hot as sophomore Toni Jefferson (Baltimore, Md.). This past weekend at the Armory Invitational, Jefferson ran her best time of the season in the 200 meters at 24.37. She enters the meet this weekend with the fastest time in conference in the event.

* Freshman Rob Frelow (White Plains, N.Y.) also comes in on a personal hot streak having run the team's best time in the 400 meters this past weekend. His time of 48.32 places him ninth in the conference. He also became the latest Terp to qualify for the ECAC Championships.

* The women's 4x400-meter relay team has been another strong group for the Terps. In their past two meets, they have run close to 3:40.00. The NCAA provisional qualifying is leading the conference by over seven seconds.

* Junior Adrian Nelson (Washington, D.C.) has been a vital performer in the field for the men this season. The transfer from Delaware State has been the team's top high jumper, topping out at 6-9, which is good for seventh in the conference.

* Ojeniyi continued her string of finishing no lower than third this season, when she came in third at the Armory Invitational. Ojeniyi, who finished second in the shot put at last year's ACC Indoor Championshpis, is third in the conference and is a provisional NCAA Qualifier.

Chris Stuchko
Phone: 301-314-1483
Fax: 301-314-9094