May 18, 2003
PRINCETON, N.J. - The 2003 ECAC/IC4A Championships are nearing a close as Sunday marks the final day of competition in Princeton, N.J. Over Friday and Saturday's action, the Terps have garnered two All-East performances and one personal best mark.
Senior Mike Prada was the first to compete for Maryland, taking on the 10,000 meter run on Friday. He ran a personal-best time of 30:40.95, finishing 11th in the pack. Prada was the only Terp to compete on Friday, with the rest of his teammates vying for top marks on Saturday.
Saturday's competition was highlighted by senior Natalie Dye, who was victorious in the pole vault with a height of 12-8. This is Dye's second All-East distinction of the year, as she was also the ECAC indoor pole vault champion. After a great performance this weekend, Dye looks ready to take on the NCAA Regional Championships on May 30-31.
Also claiming All-East honors was junior Heather Houston, whose long jump of 18-11.75 earned her an eighth place finish. Junior Labelle Hillgrove competed in the discus on Saturday, taking ninth place. Her toss of 138-8 was only five inches short of All-East distinction. Also throwing for Maryland was senior Aranda Brown. She threw the hammer a distance of 149-8 to finish 18th.
Four Terp sprinters took on the preliminary heats for their events on Saturday, but only one came away eligible to compete in the finals. On the men's side, sophomore Rob Frelow finished second in his 400 meter dash heat with a time of 49.43, but failed to qualify for the finals. Junior Harold Manning suffered the same fate in the 200 meter dash. His time of 21.75 was only .08 away from the last qualifying mark.
For the women sprinters, senior Devenn Hamilton ran a 56.09 in the 400 meter dash, also missing the finals. Fortunately, junior Toni Jefferson was able to grab a spot in the 200 meter dash finals thanks to her preliminary time of 24.24. Jefferson will vie for a top finish Sunday afternoon.
Although the focus of the meet for the Terps was to give athletes another chance to reach NCAA Regional qualifying marks, the women's squad is currently tied for eighth place out of 37 teams. They, along with Cornell, Princeton and West Virginia, possess 11 points after eight events have been completed.