Track Teams On The Road Again, To Rhode Island Invitational.

Feb. 1, 2000

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The University of Maryland track teams will complete their toughest stretch of the season Saturday at the University of Rhode Island Invitational in Kingston, R.I. This meet marks the fifth consecutive meet for the Terps, all of which have been on the road. Additionally, the meet will be the final test for both teams before the ACC Championships, on Feb. 18. The Terps will face a smaller field compared with their last two meets, which both featured over 30 schools. Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Providence, Holy Cross, Rider and Quinnipiac will participate in the meet. The Rhode Island Invitational will begin with women's action at 11 a.m. and men's action will follow at 3 p.m.

Terps Make Their Mark At The National Open

Senior Candyce DeLoatch (Pittsgrove, N.J.) won the 400 for the second week in a row at the National Open last weekend, with a time of 54.91 seconds. She was just over two-tenths of a second away from meeting the NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 54.70 seconds. DeLoatch also placed third in the 200 meters with a time of 24.47 seconds, which also marked her season-best in the event. Sophomore Dontae Bugg (Newport News, Va.) led the way for the men, taking second in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 8.07 seconds.

Also faring well for the women's team were the freshmen. Punnie Chittchang (Mount Airy, Md.) took fourth in the triple jump with a leap of 38-11, and seventh in the long jump with a mark of 18-11 3/4. Tia Burley (Baltimore, Md.) finished third in the 400 with a time of 55.45 seconds. Junior Vanessa Jones (Olney, Md.) placed third in the high jump with a mark of 5-6 1/2, and sophomore Ruth Kura (Potomac, Md.) took third in the weight throw with a toss of 55-5 1/4.

In men's action, senior John Carr (Washington, D.C.) finished sixth in both the 60 meters (7.05 seconds) and the 200 meters (21.78 seconds). Junior Cedrick Rogers (Fort Wayne, Ind.) took sixth in the long jump with a jump of 22-9 1/4. Additionally, freshman Derrick Hill (Clinton, Md.) finished eighth in the 400 meters with a time of 49.74 seconds. Senior Jason Joubert (Rockville, Md.) followed close behind with a tenth-place finish and a time of 49.83 seconds.

Senior Candyce DeLoatch Brings Home Back-To-Back Wins In The 400

Candyce DeLoatch has stepped up this season to lead the women's team. One of only three seniors on the team, DeLoatch has consistently won various events. Most recently, she won the 400 meters at both the National Open last weekend and at the Pepsi Indoor Invitational two weeks ago. This season, DeLoatch has qualified for the ECACs in two events, the 400 meters and the 500 meters. She began the season with a win in the 500 meters at the Maryland State Meet on Jan. 8. The following week she won the 800 meters at the Delaware Invitational.

Senior John Carr And Sophomore Dontae Bugg Lead The Way For Men

John Carr and Dontae Bugg have provided the men's team with solid performances that have led the men's team this season. Carr began the season by dominating the competition at the Bucknell Invitational in December. He won both the 55 meters and the 200 meters, and he qualified for the IC4As in both events as well. At the Delaware Invitational in January, Carr won the 60 meter hurdles and the 200 meters, and he had strong showings at both the Pepsi Invitational and the National Open. Carr set his career-best in the 55 meters with a time of 6.33 at the Bucknell Invitational.

Bugg's performances have improved each week, as he gets closer to meeting the NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 7.90 seconds in the 60 meter hurdles. At the Pepsi Indoor Invitational, Bugg marked his career-best in the event, turning in a time of 7.92 seconds, only .02 seconds off the qualifying time. Last weekend he took second in the 60 hurdles, and at the Delaware Invitational he captured second-place in the 200 meters and in the 60 hurdles.