Men's Track and Field Season Preview

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Dec. 3, 2001

Two recruits and a stable group of veterans look to bolster the Terps' 2001-02 men's track team and continue to move up the ACC standings. A huge amount of excitement surrounds the team with solid performers in each event. The team will be lead by four seniors: Dontae Bugg, Phillip Barrett Jr., David Benaderet and James Gondak. All will bring ACC Championship and IC4A experience, allowing them to lead by example with their performances on the track. Added to the group of returning runners and throwerss will be a strong freshman class, highlighted by Ian Moore and Rob Frelow. Both runners were high school All-Americans and will look to continue their success on the college level. The Terps are hoping that something old and something new will come together to produce a tight, hard-working group that will produce impressive results.

Throws Three athletes will be responsible for manning the throws this year. Gondak established career highs in the weight throw and the hammer throws on his way to a productive season last year. Gondak also grabbed fifth place in school history in the hammer throw at the Terrapin Invitational. Junior John Collins also established career highs in the hammer and weight throw on his to becoming an IC4A qualifier. Redshirt-junior Andrew Long will be a welcomed addition, adding depth in the hammer and the shot put.


Two returnees and two newcomers will look to make the sprints one of the strongest units of the team. Benaderet, an IC4A qualifier last season, will attempt to continue his strong showing in the longer sprint events: 400 and 500 meters. Sophomore Harold Manning battled back from injuries early in the outdoor season to post impressive times in the 100 and 200 meters. He was an indoor and outdoor IC4A qualifier. Moore, Frelow and Paul Dorsey will also compete in the longer sprints. Frelow finished third in the 400 at last year's high school nationals, and along with the other two will provide depth as they look to be key contributors.


Perhaps the strongest area for the Terps in the 2001-02 campaign will be the hurdles. Bugg was an All-East performer in the 60-meter hurdles and also competes in the 55 and 110 outdoor hurdles. Barrett ran a career best in the 110 hurdles, on his to qualifying for the IC4A Championships. He will also run the short hurdle events during the indoor season. Moore enters the season as the team's top 400-meter hurdler. He placed fourth in last year's high school track nationals in the event.


Sophomore Thomas Anderson and junior Mike Prada will lead a large group of freshmen in the distance events this season. Anderson posted strong showings at several meets last year in the 800-meters and will look to do the same this year as a solid short distance runner. Prada ran four distance events last season, and excelled in the 3000 meters.


Transfer junior Adrian Nelson and sophomore Brian Misar and will be the team's two top high jumpers this season. Nelson was a three time IC4A qualifier at Delaware State, posting a career-best jump of 6-10. Misar, the team's top returnee, jumped a career best 6-6 last year and competed at the ACC championship meet. Evan Prucha also had a personal best jump of 6-6 last year and will add depth. Two freshmen, Daniel Markley, a New Jersey state champion last spring, and Brent Gordon, will be called on to solidify the pole vault event.


The 4x100 meter and 4x400 meter relays look to be strong due to the numerous combinations of runners who could be paired together. Various combinations could include Manning, Moore, Frelow, Bugg, Benaderet, junior Derrick Hill and Dorsey.