Track Hopes For Luck of the Irish at Meyo Invitational

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Jan. 29, 2002

Meyo Invitational
February 2, 2002
Loftus Sports Complex
South Bend, Ind.

Terps Hope for Luck of the Irish

* The Terps will next be in action as they travel to South Bend, Ind. for Saturday's Meyo Invitational. They will be part of a 10-team field comprised of midwestern schools Missouri, Iowa, Alabama, Western Michigan, Central Michigan, Drake, Butler and Notre Dame.

Teams Power Their Way Up the Rankings

* According to the USTCA Power Rankings, as of Jan. 29, both the men's and women's teams claim a spot in the top 25.

* The women's team ranks 7th with 220 points, based on the quality of performances in dual meets of two top performers in each event. The men's team comes in at 23rd with 171.49 points.

Kura Breaks Her Own Record in Weight Throw

* Senior Ruth Kura (Potomac, Md.) re-established her own school record in the weight throw this past weekend at the Blue Heaven Rumble in Chapel Hill, N.C. Kura's toss of 63-1 earned her second place for the event and broke the record she set last year at the Penn State Invitational 61-10.50. So far this season, Kura has finished now lower than second in her event.

Women Rumble To Strong Showing

* Joining Kura with strong performance this past weekend was sophomore Toni Jefferson (Baltimore, Md.). She continued her strong season as took home third place finishes in the 60 and 200 meters. Jefferson is currently first in the ACC in 200 meters with a time of 24.40.

* The combo of juniors Punnie Chittchang (Mount Airy, Md.) and Heather Houston (Fort Washington, Md.) had solid efforts in the long jump. Chittchang placed third at the event, while Houston was fifth. Both are currently in the top six in the ACC.

* Junior Tia Burley (Baltimore, Md.) retained her lead in the ACC standings in the 400 meters with a time of 55.12. At the Rumble, she claimed third place with a time of 55.72.

Manning Makes Move Up

* With his performance at the Rumble, sophomore Harold Manning (Glen Burnie, Md.) moved his way up in the ACC rankings in the 200 meters. Manning set a new season's best time as he placed third with a time of 21.89. He is currently fourth in the 200 meters and seventh in the 60 meters.

Running Toward the Postseason

* The Terps currently have three women provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships to be held March 8 and 9 in Fayetteville, Ark. Junior Natalie Dye (Myersville, Md.) qualified in the pole vault and senior Tracy Ojeniyi (Sewell, N.J.) in the shot put, along with Kura in the weight throw.

* The Terp women have had a number of qualifiers for the ECAC Championship: juniors Aranda Brown (Schenectady, N.Y.), Devenn Hamilton (Hamilton, Va.), Thema Napier (Columbia, Md.) and senior Amber Stanley (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.), Burley, Chittchang, Dye, Houston, Jefferson, Kura, and Ojeniyi.

* For the men, juniors John Collins ( Clarksburg, Md.) and Adrian Nelson (Washington, D.C.) and senior Phillip Barrett (Upper Marlboro, Md.) join Manning as having a spot for the IC4A Championships.

Track Contact: Chris Stuchko
Phone: 301-314-1483
Fax: 301-314-9094