Track Teams Prepare for Husker Invitational

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February 1, 1999

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The men's and women's indoor track teams will travel to the Bob Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln, Neb., this weekend to compete in the Husker Invitational. The competition will be plentiful there as it should prove to be among the largest meets the Terps will compete in this season. Last year's Husker Invitational involved 950 athletes and included 100 NCAA qualifying marks. It will begin Friday afternoon and will not conclude until Saturday afternoon. The meet will complete a busy month for the Terps that has seen them compete at five meets in four weeks. The Husker Invitational will be followed by a two-week layoff for the Terps before their next meet.

Meet Facts
Maryland at Husker Invitational
Friday, Feb. 5 and Saturday, Feb. 6

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Although it has been hectic, the last month has seen the track teams accomplish a great deal. The women's team, in particular, has enjoyed much success. They have used impressive showings in each of the last four meets to vault themselves into the top 10 of the national dual meet power rankings. They entered last weekend's meet in the fifth spot, trailing only Kansas State University, the University of South Carolina, the University of North Carolina, and Purdue University. The men's team placed 29th in the rankings.

Junior sprinter Candyce DeLoatch broke the school record in the 400 meters for the second consecutice week on Saturday, clocking a time of 54.55 to highlight Maryland's fifth-place finish at the fourth annual ACC/SEC Challenge.

DeLoatch's time, more than one full second better than her record-breaking effort at the Army Invitational on Jan. 23, was good enough to provisionally qualify her for the NCAA Indoor Championships, which are slated for March 5-6 in Indianapolis. She is the first Terrapin to hit either an automatic or provisional qualifying standard for the NCAA meet.

Other top finishers for the women's team include Cathy Porter, who finished second in the weight throw (55-11 3/4); Nikki Webster, who placed third in the triple jump (40-1 1/2); Keri Seher, who finished fourth in the 3000 meters (10:15.56), and Aimee Phillippi in the 5000 (17:57.23). Maryland's 4x400 and distance medley relay teams also placed fourth.

On the men's side, top Terps included Jamie Wu, who finished fifth in the shot put (49-1 1/2); Andrew Long, who placed sixth in the shot put (47-5 1/2); Matt Green, who placed sixth in the 3000 meters (8:34.54); and Dontae Bugg, who placed sixth in the 55 hurdles (7.44).

Host Florida won the eight-team women's competition with a score of 145.5. The Gators were followed by South Carolina (116), Georgia (76), Georgia Tech (62). Florida also won the men's competition, totaling 109 points. Following the Gators were South Carolina (97.33), Mississippi (90), Georgia (76), and Alabama (57).

Freshman standout Dontae Bugg continues to make an immediate impact on the men's team. Bugg, regarded as one of the nation's top high school hurdlers a year ago, took sixth place in the 55 hurdles with a time of 7.44.