April 23, 2002
April 25-27, 2002
Everyone Loves a Relay Carnival
* The Terps will make their way up I-95 this weekend to compete in the 108th running of the Penn Relay Carnival Thursday thorugh Saturday at historic Franklin Field.
* The Relays are the largest international event to be held in the United States this year outside the Winter Olympic Games. There will be 425 races run spanning over 33 hours.
Make Note on Your Calendar
* The home meet originally schedules for Sat., May 4 has been cancelled. The Terps will still be competing on this day and are currently attempting to find alternate meets. For the latest information, go to www.umterps.com for details and schedule changes.
ACC Championship Wrap Up
* Though both the men and women didn't finish as well as expected as a team, eighth and seventh respectively, many Terps had solid individual performances that left them just short of All-ACC honors.
* Sophomore Toni Jefferson (Baltimore, Md.) finished fourth in the 200 meters establishing a new career best in the event with a time of 23.79, a mere .04 second behind Florida State's Teresa Bundy. After posting a new career low mark during the preliminaries (11.64), Jefferson couldn't get over the hump in the finals of the 100 metes placing fifth (11.75). She currently hold the team lead in both the 100 and 200 meters.
* Senior Thema Napier (Columbia, Md.) had great success during the preliminary races but fell just short of taking home honors. She posted the top qualifying time in the 400 meters (59.55) but came up short in the finals placing fifth with a time of 1:01.53. Napier was more successful in the 100 meters where she took fourth (13.79) coming up only .04 seconds shy of her school record time set in 2001 (13.75).
* Racing to the best overall finishes were the women's 4x100-meter and 4x400-meter relay teams who both claimed third place. The 4x100-meter relay team composed of senior Amber Stanley (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.), junior Rashida Twiggs (Blue Bell, Pa.) junior Tia Burley (Baltimore, Md.) and Jefferson edged out Georgia Tech for the third spot with a time of 45.87, which fell just .29 seconds short of the school record (45.58) set in 1999. The 4x400-meter relay team also beat out the Yellow Jackets to claim the third spot in the event. The team - Napier, juniors Dionne and Devenn Hamilton (Hampton, Va.) and Burley - clocked in at 3:42.01, more than .5 seconds better than the Jackets.
* The senior hurdle tandem of Dontae Bugg (Newport News, Va.) and Phillip Barrett (Upper Marlboro, Md.) fittingly raced to the same exact time in the 110-meter hurdle final coming in at 14.70. After closer examination, Bugg was given the sixth place spot, while Barrett took home seventh.
* Freshmen Rob Frelow (White Plains, N.Y) and Ian Moore (Mt. Laurel, N.J.) gave notice to the conference that they will be major players during their time as a Terp with solid performances. Frelow, who ran a career best time during the prelimaries (46.98), raced to an eighth place finish in the competitive 400 meters. Moore also set a new career best time in the 400-meter hurdles placing seventh with a time of 53.90.
* The close calls weren't limited to the track, claiming victims in the field events as well. Senior Ruth Kura (Potomac, Md.) took fifth place in the hammer with a toss of 177-0, leaving her a little under two feet short of third place. The Indoor All-American set a new a career best in the event and shattered her previous season best mark by over 10 feet.
Track contact: Chris Stuchko