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Terps Track To Spend Valentine's Day Apart
Courtesy: Maryland Athletics
Release: 02/12/2003

Feb. 12, 2003

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - This weekend marks the first time this season the Maryland track and field teams will split, as athletes will compete in the University of Delaware's Thomson Invitational and the Virginia Tech Challenge. Both meets will take place on Friday and Saturday, and will serve as the teams' final preparation for next weekend's ACC Indoor Championships.

Meet recaps and complete results of the Thomson Invitational and Virginia Tech Challenge will be posted following the completion of competition on Saturday, Feb. 15.

Valentine's Day At Virginia Tech

  • The Virginia Tech Challenge will be held in Blacksburg, Va., at the Rector Field House on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 14-15.
  • Friday night's competition begins at 5 p.m. with the men's triple jump and ends with the men's distance medley relay at 8:30. Saturday's competition will start at 10 a.m. with the women's high jump and will conclude at 5 p.m. with the men's 4x400 meter relay.
  • The latest Virginia Tech news comes from the Rod McCravy Memorial Meet, which was held at University of Kentucky's Nutter Field House on Feb. 7-8. At the meet, sophomore Michael Lawson became the fourth-fastest man to run the mile in Virginia Tech history, placing seventh with a time of 4:09.86. Senior Buck Grant captured fourth in the 400 with a time of 48.39, and L.A. Snead grabbed fifth in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 8:23.28.
  • On the women's side at the Rod McCravy, junior Marlies Overbeeke and senior Jess Morris finished third and fifth, respectively, in the 3,000. Overbeeke crossed the finish line in 9:36.58 with Morris right behind her in a time of 9:46.90. Senior January Williams turned in a second-place finish in the shot put with a season-best throw of 48'06.00. Kim Milbourn became the third-fastest woman to run the mile in Tech history, taking ninth with a time of 4:58.96.

    Taking On The Thomson Invitational

  • The University of Delaware's Thomson Invitational will be held in Newark, Del., at the Delaware Field House, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 14-15.
  • Friday's competition will begin at 6 p.m. and end at 8:30. On Saturday, the women's meet will start at 9 a.m. and will conclude at noon. Saturday's men's meet will begin at 12:30 and will end at 5 p.m..
  • The Fightin Blue Hens men's and women's track teams are coming off fourth and fifth place finishes at last weekend's Navy Invitational. On the men's side, Ben Thuma won the weight throw for the second time this season with a distance of 51-11.75, and Mike Sadowsky captured the 3,000 meters with a time of 8:34.51-the fourth best time in school history.
  • For the women's team, Erin Gemmill won the mile in 5:02.46, capturing her fourth individual meet title. She also took second in 1,000 meters with a 2:56.25, marking the second best time in school history.

    Irish Eyes Smile On The Terps

  • Last weekend, the Terps turned in multiple solid performances at the Meyo Invitational, hosted by Notre Dame. The Terp women's team is now ranked 13th in the USTCA poll, and the men are in 49th, after sending only five men to the Meyo Invitational.
  • Small in number but large in accomplishments, two members of the men's team turned in new personal records at the Meyo Invitational. In the mile, sophomore Michael Fleg ran a 4:14.18 mile that was more than five seconds faster than his previous best time, and junior Michael Prada bested his time in the 5,000 meters by more than 30 seconds, finishing with a 14:50.89.
  • Season-best times were posted by sophomore Rob Frelow in the 400 meter (48.36) and Florent Groberg in the 3,000 meters (8:28.95).
  • The women were led by freshman Kierra Foster, who jumped a personal-best distance in the long jump. Her mark of 20-2.5 earned her second place and was only three inches away from a new school record. She also took second in the triple jump with a distance of 39-5. Senior pole vaulter Natalie Dye finished second in her event, with a 12-7.5 that tied her school record.
  • Junior Teyarnte' Carter highlighted the sprint events for the Terps, taking second in the 60 meter dash with a 7.52. She also raced a 24.62 in the 200 meter, earning third place. Coming in less than one second earlier was junior Toni Jefferson, who finished second in the 200 meter finals with a 24.48.


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