Feb. 4, 2006
New York, NY -
Laurel Jefferson and Zakiya Shivers both hit ECAC qualifying marks to lead University of Maryland performances on the first day of competition at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational indoor track and field meet.
Jefferson ran a season-best 9:56.41 in the 3,000 meters, which was good for a 12th place finish in the event. Teammate Meghan Braffet placed 20th after running a 10:10.62.
In the shot put, Zakiya Shivers was one of three Terp athletes to finish in the Top-25. Her mark of 44-09.00 made her the fourth Terrapin shot putter to qualify for the ECAC Championships. She placed 13th in the event, while Jillian Anwah finished 14th (44-07.80) and Aysha Gregory placed 22nd (42-01.92).
On the men's side, Richard Taylor's season best time of 6.99 in the preliminaries of the 60 meters placed him 41st and just missed the IC4A qualifying mark of 6.98.
In the 60-meter hurdles, Dominic Berger finished third with a time of 7.95, and Chris Haley came in at 26th with a season-best time of 8.37. Jayson Walker also had a season-best performance, hitting 23-04.68 in the long jump and placing sixth.
Also for the Terrapin women, Kierra Foster and Lynn Hernandez posted a 3-4 finish in the Championship division of the long jump. Foster's season-best jump of 20-04.08 placed her third, while Hernandez' mark of 20-02.88 was good for fourth.
WOMEN'S INDIVIDUAL RESULTS (First-place and Maryland finishers)
Pole Vault - 1. Liza Todd, South Carolina, 12-01.68... 4. Kaitlyn Fitzgerald, Maryland, 11-03.84.
400 Meters (prelims) - 1. Clora Williams, Texas A&M, 53.15... 21. Renee Clark, Maryland, 56.37; 56. Kristina Keegan, Maryland, 59.93.
Long Jump (College) - 1. Tomika Ferguson, Virginia, 19-11.76... 19. Toni Aluko, Maryland, 17-10.56.
High Jump - 1. Rachel Marks, Virginia, 5-06.96... T3. Elizabeth Babcock, Maryland, 5-04.92.
MEN'S INDIVIDUAL RESULTS (First-place and Maryland finishers)
60 Meters (prelims) - 1. Jacob Norman, Baylor, 6.64... 41. Richard Taylor, Maryland, 6.99.
Long Jump - 1. Mychael Stewart, Arkansas, 24-01.8... 6. Jayson Alexander, Maryland, 23-04.68.