April 21, 2002
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Close calls were the theme of the weekend for the Terps as they competed at this weekend's ACC Track and Field Championships in Charlottesville, Va.
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 sophomore Toni Jefferson (Baltimore, Md.) 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 - senior Thema Napier (Columbia, Md.), juniors Dionne and Devenn Hamilton (Hampton, Va.) and Burley - clocked in at 3:42.01, more than .5 seconds better than the Jackets.
In the individual races, split seconds separated several Terps from All-Conference honors. Jefferson and Napier shared the best individual finishes both claiming a fourth and fifth place spot in helping the women's team finish seventh with 49 points.
Jefferson 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).
Napier also 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).
In the 400 meters, Burley also took home a fourth place spot coming .30 seconds behind Silja Ulfarsdottir from Clemson.
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.
Junior Punnie Chittchang (Mount Airy, Md.) also got bit by the fifth-place bug in the triple jump competition with a mark of 36-4.75.
On the men's side, a five year streak of last-place finishes was broken as the Terps moved up to the eighth spot in the conference with 17 points, edging out Duke.
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 Terps will be right back in action this weekend as they head to Philadelphia for the Penn Relay Carnival at Franklin Field.
Track contact: Chris Stuchko