May 24, 2007
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - University of Maryland Track and Field will have a number of qualifiers compete in the NCAA East Region Track Championships this weekend. Athletes will travel to Gainsville, Fla. for competition at the University of Florida's James G. Pressly Stadium at Percey Beard Track. The meet will run Friday, May 25 through Saturday, May 26.
Junior Toni Aluko will compete in the women's high jump on Friday and the women's triple jump on Saturday. In the high jump, Aluko had her top mark of the season at the 2007 Atlantic Coast Conference Championships hosted by Maryland in April. Aluko was the ACC Champion in the event with an NCAA Regional-qualifying mark of 5-10, surpassing her career best.
Also at ACCs, Aluko posted an NCAA Regional-qualifying mark in the triple jump. She placed sixth in the event with a career best of 40-11.75. With these qualifying marks, Aluko is on Maryland's top-ten all-time list for both events.
Junior Dominic Berger will compete in the men's 110-meter hurdles on Friday. Berger ran his season-best time in the event at ACCs; he defended his ACC Championship title with a first-place finish and NCAA Regional-qualifying time of 13.54. Berger's career best of 13.49 set in 2006 is the second-fastest for Maryland all-time.
Also running the men's 110-meter hurdles Friday will be senior Adam Durham. He had his season-best time of 14.15 at the Georgia Tech Invitational on May 12 to qualify for Regionals in the event.
Durham will also compete in the men's 400-meter hurdles Friday. He ran an NCAA Regional-qualifying time in the event (51.48) in the finals at the ACC Outdoor Championships for fourth place. These qualifying times place Durham on Maryland's top-ten all-time list for both events.
Qualifying for two of Friday's events on the women's side is sophomore Chanel Williams. She will compete in the women's 100-meter hurdles and 400-meter hurdles. Williams set a season best in the 100-meter hurdles with an NCAA Regional-qualifying time of 13.78 in the prelim for the event at ACCs. She went on to place eighth in the final for the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.05.
Williams also ran an NCAA Regional-qualifying time in the 400-meter hurdles at ACCs. She finished fourth in the event with a time of 59.90. Her qualifying times placed Williams in Maryland's top-ten all-time list for both events.
Junior Jillian Anwah qualified for both the women's shot put (Friday) and discus throw (Saturday). Anwah posted a career best and NCAA Regional-qualifying mark in the shot put (47-7.75) at ACCs for eighth place.
In the discus throw, Anwah had a Regional-qualifying and career-best mark of 157-8 for fourth place at the Duke-Asics Invitational on April 8. Anwah's marks place her on Maryland's top-ten all-time list for both events.
Senior Zakiya Shivers will also compete in the women's discus throw along with Anwah on Saturday. Shivers had an NCAA Regional-qualifying mark of 155-8 in the event at the ACC Outdoor Championships for sixth place. This mark placed Shivers on Maryland's top-ten all-time list for the event.
In the men's 400-meter dash (Friday) junior Sean Lowe qualified for regional competition after running a season best and NCAA Regional-qualifying mark at the ACC Outdoor Championships. Lowe finished second in the prelim for the event with a time of 47.02 and second in the final with a time of 47.14.
Sophomore David Edwards-Brennan qualified for regional competition in the men's high jump (Saturday) after posting a season-best mark of 6-10.75 at the Georgia Tech Invitational on May 12.
Field events for this weekend's NCAA Regional competition will begin Friday, May 25 at 12:00 p.m. and track events will begin at 3:00 p.m. On Saturday, field events will resume at 12:00 p.m. and track events will start at 5:30 p.m.