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Foster Hits NCAA Qualifying Mark in Long Jump
Courtesy: Maryland Athletics
Release: 01/16/2005

Jan. 15, 2005

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Kierra Foster of the University of Maryland won the women's long jump with an automatic-qualifying mark for the NCAA Indoor Championships on Saturday at the Virginia Tech Indoor Invitational held at the Rector Fieldhouse.

Foster had a best mark of 21 feet, 2.25 inches, winning the event by six inches over Tianna Madison of Tennessee. Foster, a Terrapin junior, also represented Maryland at last year's NCAA Indoor Nationals and is the first Maryland student-athlete to qualify for nationals so far this season. Foster also finished fourth in the 60-meter hurdles final at 8.62 seconds.

Lynn Hernandez was fifth in the long jump with an ECAC-qualifying mark of 19-8, while freshman Toni Aluko was ninth at 18-1.50.

Also for Maryland on Saturday, Danielle Siebert finished fourth in the mile run at 5:01.03, earning an ECAC-qualifying mark. Meghan Walsh was fourth in the women's high jump at 5-3, while Bria Johnson also earned a spot at the ECAC meet with a mark of 45-1.50 and an eighth-place finish in the shot put.

On the men's side, Gerrick McPhearson placed third in the 60-meter dash final with an IC4A qualifying mark of 6.90 seconds. Rob Frelow also earned a spot at that meet with a 48.45 clocking at 400 meters that placed him fourth.

Dominic Berger and Adam Durham each qualified for the 60-meter hurdles final, as the Terps had two runners in the final heat. Berger was fifth at 8.14 seconds, with Durham in eighth at 8.33. The Terps got top-eight finishes from Michael Fleg in the mile (4.22.66), Sean Lowe in the 800 (1:56.38) and James Rolle in the shot put (48-2.25).

Maryland won its heat in the 4x400 relay at 3:17.93, placing eighth overall.

Next week, Maryland hosts its only indoor meet of the season when both the men's and women's teams head to the Prince George's Sports Complex for the Maryland Indoor Invitational.

WOMEN'S EVENTS (First-place and Terrapin finishers)
200 Meters - 1. Dee Dee Trotter, Addis TC, 23.55... 10. Lynn Hernandez, Maryland, 24.73; T16. Natasha Emmanuel, Maryland, 25.27.
400 Meters - 1. Stephanie Smith, South Carolina, 53.69... 12. Renee Clarke, Maryland, 56.91; 21. Amanda Radziminski, Maryland, 59.34.
Mile - 1. Lindsay Hyatt, Nike, 4:50.81... 4. Danielle Siebert, Maryland, 5:01.03.
800 Meters - 1. Nicole Cook, Tennessee, 2:04.30... 21. Darya Fakory, Maryland, 2:26.98.
3,000 Meters - 1. Treniere Clement, Nike, 9:26.99... 16. Katie Purcell, Maryland, 10:21.76; 25. Cori Koch, Maryland, 10:48.23; 26. Shari Gorga, Maryland, 10:48.41; 29. Melissa Trusty, Maryland, 11:29.39.
60-Meter Hurdles Final - 1. Kellie Wells, Hampton, 8.32... 4. Kierra Foster, Maryland, 8.62.
4x400 Relay - 1. South Carolina, 3:37.20... 8. Maryland, 3:52.12.
4x800 Relay - 1. Georgetown, 9:06.84... 4. Maryland, 9:57.39.
High Jump - 1. Retrina Lovett, South Carolina, 1.65m (5-5)... 4. Meghan Walsh, Maryland, 1.60m (5-3).
Long Jump - 1. Kierra Foster, Maryland, 6.46m (21-2.25); 2. Tianna Madison, Tennessee, 6.31m (20-8.25)... 5. Lynn Hernandez, Maryland, 6.00m (19-8); 9. Toni Aluko, Maryland, 5.53m (18-1.50).
Shot Put - 1. April Thomas, Tennessee, 15.22m (49-11)... 8. Bria Johnson, Maryland, 13.76m (45-1.50); T9. Zakiya Shivers, Maryland, 13.10m (42-11.75); 13. Aysha Gregory, Maryland, 12.36m (40-6.50); 15. Jillian Anwah, Maryland, 12.15m (39-10.25).

MEN'S EVENTS
60-Meter Dash Final - 1. Rodney Martin, South Carolina, 6.76... 3. Gerrick McPhearson, Maryland, 6.90.
400 Meters - 1. Ashton Collins, Unatt., 47.62... 4. Rob Frelow, Maryland, 48.45; 22. Brian Bohlayer, Maryland, 51.71. Mile - 1. Jesse O'Connell, adidas, 4:10.99... 7. Michael Fleg, Maryland, 4:22.66.
800 Meters - 1. OT Lekote, Unatt., 1:52.98... 7. Sean Lowe, Maryland, 1:56.38; 9. Paul Dorsey, Maryland, 1:57.37; 27. Philippe Shaffer, Maryland, 2:05.61.
3,000 Meters - 1. Matt Kerr, Unatt., 8:12.91... 9. Peter Hess, Maryland, 8:34.04; 13. Adam Ambrus, Maryland, 8:40.66; 18. Florent Groberg, Maryland, 8:51.47; 20. Matt Sanders, Maryland, 8:54.28; 22. Nathaniel Zola, Maryland, 9:01.26; 26. Matt Adami, Maryland, 9:05.08; 34. Eric Marenburg, Maryland, 9:25.65; 37. Dan Ryan, Maryland, 9:28.43.
60-Meter Hurdles Final - 1. Fred Townsend, Unatt., 7.89... 5. Dominic Berger, Maryland, 8.14; 8. Adam Durham, Maryland, 8.33.
4x400 Relay - 1. St. Augustine's, 3:10.84... 8. Maryland, 3:17.93.
Long Jump - 1. J. Giwa-Agbomeirele, Unatt., 7.65m (25-1)... 13. Jayson Alexander, Maryland, 6.80m (22-3.50).
Shot Put - 1. Sven Hahn, Virginia Tech, 17.79m (58-4.25)... 6. James Rolle, Maryland, 14.69m (48-2.25).



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