Track Teams Return to Action at George Mason and Navy

Jan. 3, 2000

COLLEGE PARK, Md.- The University of Maryland's track teams resume the indoor season this weekend after a month off. The men travel to George Mason to compete in the Winter Invitational, and the women travel to the U.S. Naval Academy to compete in the Maryland State Meet. Both meets are this Saturday, Jan. 8.

The men face a large field at the Winter Invitational, consisting of 13 schools. The meet features Bethune-Cookman, Duke, George Mason, Georgetown, Hampton, Mary Washington, Univ. of Maryland-Eastern Shore, Morgan State, St. Augustine's, Syracuse, Villanova, Virginia Commonwealth and William & Mary, in addition to the Terps. The meet is scheduled to begin at noon.

The women will face Western Maryland and Navy at the Maryland State Meet, which is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Both teams look to build on strong performances at the Bucknell Invitational last month as they prepare for their busiest stretch of the season. The Terps will compete in three additional meets in January, all of which are on the road.

Season Opens With Strong Showing

Seniors Stacey Minott (Greenburg, N.Y.) and John Carr (Washington, D.C.) each won the 55 meters and freshmen won four events as the University of Maryland opened the indoor track season last month with a strong showing at the Bucknell Invitational on Saturday, Dec. 4.

In women's action, Minott took first in the 55 with a time of 7.05 seconds and third in the 200 with a time of 26.04, while sophomore Thema Napier (Columbia, Md.) finished first in the 55 hurdles with a time of 8.20. Junior Vanessa Jones (Olney, Md.) won the high jump with a leap of 5-8, with senior Cathy Porter (Millersville, Md.) placing second in the weight throw with a toss of 50-3 Ľ. Sophomore Shawna Morgan (Scotch Plains, N.J.) finished second in the 55 with a time of 7.15, and junior Keri Seher (Farmingville, N.Y.) placed third in the 3,000 with a time of 10:54.4. In addition, the team's freshmen made an immediate impact, winning three events. Freshman Punnie Chittchang (Mount Airy, Md.) placed first in both the long jump (19-7) and the triple jump (38-7 Ľ). Freshman Natalie Dye (Myersville, Md.) won the pole vault with a jump of 10-0. The relay teams also fared well, winning the 4x400 in 3:46.32, the 4x800 in 9:59.20, and the distance medley relay in 12:34.04.

In men's action, Carr won the 55 in 6.57 and the 200 in 22.10, sophomore Phillip Barrett, Jr. (Upper Marlboro, Md.) placed second in the 55 hurdles and first in the consolation final of the 55, and freshman Derrick Hill (Clinton, Md.) finished first in the 400 with a time of 51.10. Junior Cedrick Rogers (Fort Wayne, Ind.) placed third in the long jump with a distance of 23-1, and freshman Greg Vincent (Timonium, Md.) finished fourth in the 3,000 with a time of 8:57.73. The men's relay teams also performed well. The distance medley relay team finished first with a time of 10:31.60. The 4x400 relay team placed second with a time of 3:24.22, and the 4x800 relay team finished fourth in 8:11.99.

DeLoatch, Minott, Porter Lead Women's Team

The 2000 edition of the women's team features five All-ACC selections, one All-American, and one of the most talented recruiting classes in the nation. The trio of seniors -- DeLoatch, Minott, and Porter -- all hold school records and all have seen considerable success in their careers at Maryland. This year's freshman class was singled out by Track and Field News as one of the nation's 12 best.

Joubert, Carr, Wu Lead Men's Team

The 2000 men's team features a blend of youth and experience that the Terps hope will translate into an improvement in the ACC standings. Like the women's team, the men are also led by a trio of seniors whose careers at Maryland have been marked by numerous accomplishments. The team will also look to a talented group of freshmen and transfers to provide a spark that it hopes will lead to a successful season.