Jan. 15, 2006
BLACKSBURG, Va. - University of Maryland sophomore Dominic Berger won the 60-meter hurdles, while seniors Kierra Foster and Lynn Hernandez finished second and third, respectively, with NCAA provisional-qualifying marks Saturday at the Virginia Tech Invitational indoor track and field meet at the Rector Field House.
Berger finished the men's 60 hurdles in 7.92 seconds, becoming the only athlete in the field to break eight seconds in all three rounds. Ryan Koontz of Clemson was second in 8.02 seconds. Berger had posted a provisional-qualifying mark of 7.85 in Friday's semifinals.
Foster jumped 20 feet, 3.75 inches to finish second in the women's long jump, with Hernandez just behind at 20-1.75. They each finished behind Chelsea Hammond of South Carolina (21-4.75), but posted marks that will get them considered for the NCAA Indoor Nationals in March, and invitations to the ECAC Championships.
Also for the Maryland women, three throwers hit ECAC-qualifying marks in the shot put on Saturday. Jillian Anwah was sixth at 46-6.75, Bria Johnson tied for seventh at 46-0.50 and Aysha Gregory was ninth at 45-7.
Freshman Chanel Williams moved up from her eighth-seed to finish sixth in the women's 60-meter final, running 8.78. Katie Purcell finished second at 9:55.06 to earn an ECAC mark in the women's 3,000, with Meghan Braffet finishing fifth at 10:03.30. Renee Clarke also got an ECAC berth when she won her heat of the 400 meters in 56.67.
Cori Koch was fourth in the 5,000 (18:12.6), Laurel Jefferson was fifth in the mile (5:05.00), Danielle Siebert was seventh in the 800 (2:16.88) and the Terps were eighth in the 4x400 relay (3:56.54).
For the men, David Edwards-Brennan made the most of his collegiate debut, tying for third in the men's high jump at 6-8.75 and just missing an IC4A-qualifying mark.
Sean Lowe did post an IC4A-qualifier with his seventh-place finish in the 400-meter dash, winning his heat in 49.15. Sal Delhierro picked up the Terps' other top-10 finish on the day, placing 10th in the shot put at 48-0.50.
Maryland will host the Terrapin Invitational indoor meet next Saturday at the Prince George's County Learning Complex in Landover.
WOMEN'S INDIVIDUAL RESULTS (First-place and Maryland finishers)
MEN'S INDIVIDUAL RESULTS