Track Teams Travel to ACC Championships

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April 12, 1999

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland's track teams will travel to Clemson, S.C., this weekend to compete at the ACC Championships. The teams are coming off two consecutive home meets and will be leaving College Park for the first time since the last week in March. The competition will begin Friday morning and will not conclude until Saturday afternoon. The ACC Championships mark the beginning of an important stretch in the Terps' schedule. Next week the teams will travel to Philadelphia, Pa., to compete at the Penn Relays, one of the largest and most prestigious meets in the country. After that, Maryland will take part in another large competition, the Mason Springs Invitational in Fairfax, Va.

Meet Facts
ACC Championships
Date: April 16-17
Site: Clemson, S.C.


The women's track team used seven first-place finishes to cruise to victory at the Terrapin Invitational last Saturday in the Terps' final home meet of the season.

A pair of throwers led the women, senior Heather Atkinson (Urbana, Ill.) and freshman Ruth Kura (North Potomac, Md.). Atkinson won the javelin with a throw of 119-7, and finished third in both the shot put and the hammer. Kura won the discus with a throw of 140-7, and placed ninth in the hammer. Also faring well for the women was senior Nikki Webster (Richmond, Va.), who won the triple jump with a distance of 39-2 1/4 and placed second in the 400 meters and third in the long jump. Junior Candyce DeLoatch (Pittsgrove, N.J.) did not compete in the 400 or the 200, but still managed to make an impact as she won the 800 with a time of 2:14.95.

The men's team was lead by junior John Carr (Washington, D.C.). Carr won the 200 with a time of 21.84 and the 100 with a mark of 10.87. Freshman standout Dontae Bugg (Newport News, Va.) took first place in the 110 hurdles with a time of 14.67. Bugg also placed third in the high jump and eighth in the 100. In addition, sophomore Cedrick Rogers (Fort Wayne, Ind.) placed first in the long jump with a distance of 24-5 3/4.


The women's track team ranks 10th in the latest edition of the outdoor National Dual Meet Power Rankings, which are compiled by Idaho State University. The women are coming off last weekend's victory over five other competing schools at the Terrapin Invitational. The men, coming off a third-place finish at the Terrapin Invitational, placed 32nd in the same rankings.


The women's team has enjoyed great success over the last two weeks at the James Kehoe Track Facility in College Park. The team has won by 287 points and 90 points, respectively, at the two home meets. At the Maryland Invitational, the Terps score of 383 was more than the other seven teams' scores combined. The team had first-place finishers in 16 of 18 events at the meet, and had 1-2-3 finishes in 6 of those events. Over the last two weeks, the women have had first place finishers in a 23 of 36 events overall.


1999 Outdoor ECAC qualifiers to date are: Stacey Minott (100), Tesheya Hoist (100), Melody Vaughn (100, LJ), Candyce DeLoatch (200, 400), Nikki Webster (400, LJ, TJ), Thema Napier (400 Hurdles), Dessalyn Jolley (400), Vanessa Jones (HJ), Heather Atkinson (Hammer), Cathy Porter (Hammer), the 4x100 relay team, and the 4x400 relay team.

Outdoor IC4A qualifiers are: John Carr (100), Dontae Bugg (110 Hurdles), Jason Joubert (400 Hurdles), Cedrick Rogers (LJ), Jamie Wu (Discus), the 4x100 relay team, and the 4x400 relay team.


Women (since 1989)
1989      Jennifer Van Horn
1991      Jennifer Van Horn
          Marchelle Payne
1992      Marchele Payne
1993      Marchelle Payne
1995      Simone Farrar
1997      Heather Atkinson
1998      Heather Atkinson

Men (since 1989) 1989 Steve Yates John Finney 1990 Steve Yates 1993 Kelvin McQueen 1995 Brian Montgomery (twice) 1996 Brian Montgomery