Feb. 7, 2000
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland's track teams will travel to Blacksburg, Va., on Feb. 18 to compete at the ACC Championships on the campus of Virginia Tech University.
The teams will have this weekend off to prepare for the season's most important meet. Last year, the women completed a successful season with a fifth place ACC finish. The men's team placed ninth.
The meet will be followed by the ECAC's (women) and IC4A's (men), as well as the NCAA Championships in Fayetteville, Ark. Senior sprinter Candyce DeLoatch (Pittsgrove, N.J.) won both the 200 meters and the 400 meters, and freshman Natalie Dye (Myersville, Md.) took first in the pole vault to lead the women's team to a first place finish at the Rhode Island Invitational Saturday.
DeLoatch notched times of 25.24 and 55.54 in the 200 and 400, respectively. Her mark in the 400 was a Rhode Island meet record. The women had top-five finishers in virtually all the events. Senior Stacey Minott (Greenburg, N.Y.) placed first in the 55 with a time of 7.03 and fourth in the 200 with a time of 26.50, sophomore Shawna Morgan (Scotch Plains, N.J.) placed second in the 55 with a time of 7.23, freshman Devenn Hamilton (Hampton, Va.) placed second in the 400 with a time of 1:00.13, freshman Tia Burley (Baltimore, Md.) finished first in the 500 with a time of 1:17.12 and second in the 200 with a time of 25.25, sophomore Thema Napier (Columbia, Md.) placed second in the 500 with a time of 1:17.48 and second in the 55 hurdles with a time of 8.46, freshman Meghan White (Cockeysville, Md.) placed third in the mile with a time of 5:08.94 and fifth in the 1000 with a time of 3:03.19, and the 4x400 relay team placed first with a time of 3:56.72.
In the field events, freshman Punnie Chittchang (Mount Airy, Md.) finished first in the long jump with a mark of 18-9 ,and second in the triple jump with a distance of 36-11, junior Vanessa Jones (Olney, Md.) won the high jump with a leap of 5-6 , and freshman Heather Houston (Forth Washington, Md.) finished second in the long jump with a mark of 17-11 and third in the triple jump with a distance of 36-7.
The women finished with a score of 221. Rhode Island placed second with a score of 127, followed by Massachusetts (86), Providence College (77), and Holy Cross (14).
Senior All-American DeLoatch Notches Three Straight Wins In 400
Candyce DeLoatch has stepped up this season to lead the women's team. One of only three seniors on the team, DeLoatch has again dominated the 400 meters. Last weekend's meet marked the third straight in which she has won that event. She has won the 400 at the Rhode Island Invitational last weekend, the National Open two weeks ago, and the Pepsi Indoor Invitational three weeks ago.