April 20, 2005
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -
The University of Maryland track and field teams travel to the Mike Long Track & Field Complex at Florida State University for the Atlantic Coast Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships... The Terrapins will be attempting to improve on last year's ninth-place finishes by both the men's and women's teams from the 2004 meet held at North Carolina.
Maryland is led by Head Coach Andrew Valmon, now in his second year as head coach of the track and field program... Valmon won two Olympic gold medals during his career as an athlete, competing for the U.S. 4x400 relay teams in 1988 and 1992... He has brought the same professionalism and enthusiasm to coaching as he did as an elite international athlete.
The Terrapins bring an All-American, two school-record holders and three student-athletes already qualified for the NCAA East Regional to Tallahassee...
Junior Kierra Foster (West Palm Beach, Fla.) returns to her home state looking to continue a stellar 2005 season in the women's long jump... Foster finished sixth at the 2005 NCAA Indoor Nationals, earning All-America status with a mark of 20-10.75... Her school record indoors came at the Virginia Tech Invitational when she went 21-2.50... Foster placed third at the ACC Indoor Championships this year at 20-1.75... Outdoors in 2005, Foster is one of three Terrapins qualified for the NCAA East Regionals, going 20-0.50 last weekend at the Morgan State Legacy meet... Foster is also scheduled to compete in the women's 100 hurdles, and has gone 14.46 at the Duke Invitational this season, just short of her career-best 14.05.
Junior Lynn Hernandez (Newark, Del.) set the school record outdoors in the women's long jump last week while winning the event at the Morgan State Legacy Meet... Hernandez went 21-0 in Baltimore to break her previous season-best by 13 inches and to qualify for the NCAA East Regional... Her mark ranks fifth nationally on the list of top performances in the women's long jump this season... Hernandez placed ninth at the ACC Indoor Championships.
Freshman Dominic Berger (Mitchellville, Md.) hit a NCAA Regional qualifying mark in the men's 110 hurdles at the Duke Invitational... Berger ran a wind-aided 14.21 in the prelims, then came back to post a 14.32 to finish fourth in the final with a legal wind. Both marks were under the 14.33 qualifying standard... Berger, a promising newcomer from nearby DeMatha High School, ran 8.01 for an indoor season-best in the 60-meter hurdles.
Junior Shari Gorga (Flemington, N.J.) has posted three marks this season in the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase that are better than the school record she had last year... Her season-best and school record of 11:02.61 came with her winning time at the Navy Invitational... Gorga also won the Seahawk Invitational hosted by UNC Wilmington this year.
Live updates will be available at www.seminoles.com.