Aluko, McPhearson Earn 2nd in Different Venues

March 5, 2005

Toni Aluko picked up a second-place finish in Boston, while Gerrick McPhearson placed second in South Bend, Ind., to highlight University of Maryland track and field performances Saturday as the Terrapins competed at a pair of prestigious meets.

Aluko cleared 5 feet, 10.50 inches to place second at the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference meet being held at the Reggie Lewis Center. She was one of three women who cleared 5-10.50, but lost a tie-breaker on misses to Debra Vento of Duke.

The height for Aluko, a Terp freshman, was her best indoors this season and improved her provisional-qualifying mark for next weekend's NCAA Indoor Championships to be held at the University of Arkansas.

Also scoring for Maryland on Saturday at the ECAC Meet was Bria Johnson, who was eighth in the shot put at 45-5. Meghan Braffet placed ninth in the 5,000-meter final at 16:52.95, just missing a scoring position.

McPhearson went 6.73 seconds in the final of the 60-meter dash at the Alex Wilson Invitational being hosted at the University of Notre Dame. The Terrapin junior improved his season-best time by 0.01 seconds, but fell short of an NCAA provisional-qualifying mark by the same margin. He was second to John Woods of Colorado State, who ran 6.63 to win the Wilson final in the men's 60.

Also in South Bend, Maryland's Lynn Hernandez and Kierra Foster placed third and fourth, respectively, in the women's long jump on Friday. Hernandez improved her season-best by a half-inch with a mark of 20-3.50, while Foster went 20-3 to place fourth. Foster is the lone Maryland student-athlete who owns an automatic-qualifying mark for the NCAA Indoor Nationals, while Hernandez improved her provisional mark.

On Saturday in Boston, freshman Sean Lowe had the top finish for the Terrapin men, qualifying seventh for Sunday's final in the men's 400-meter dash. Lowe, the LeFrak Scholar for track and field at Maryland, ran 48.93 seconds in Saturday's qualifying.

Also Saturday at the Reggie Lewis Center, Maryland freshman Dominic Berger reached Sunday's semifinal of the 55-meter hurdles at 7.59 seconds. Senior Beau Fay finished 11th in the final of the 35-pound weight throw with a mark of 56-11.50.

The ECAC Championships for women and the IC4A Championships for men finish on Sunday.


WOMEN'S INDIVIDUAL RESULTS (First-place marks and Maryland finishes)
Long Jump - 1. Charisse Bacchus, Kansas, 20-9... 3. Lynn Hernandez, Maryland, 20-3.50; 4. Kierra Foster, Maryland, 20-3.

60-Meter Dash - 1. John Woods, Colorado State, 6.63; 2. Gerrick McPhearson, Maryland, 6.73.


High Jump Final - 1. Debra Vento, Duke, 5-10.50; 2. Toni Aluko, Maryland, 5-10.50.
Shot Put Final - 1. Amanda Walker, Pittsburgh, 51-7.75... 8. Bria Johnson, Maryland, 45-5.
5,000 Meters Final - 1. Lindsey Scherf, Harvard, 16:12.14... 9. Meghan Braffet, Maryland, 16:52.95.
Mile Prelims - 1. Jenna Darcy, La Salle, 4:50.49... 11. Danielle Siebert, Maryland, 4:55.57 (top 10 qualified for final)


400 Prelims - 1. Quentin Bowens, Seton Hall, 47.11... 7. Sean Lowe, Maryland, 48.93 (top 10 qualified for final).
Mile Prelims - 1. Jeff Hedley, William & Mary, 4:05.80... 16. Peter Hess, Maryland, 4:16.52.
3,000 Meters Final - 1. Josh McDougal, Liberty, 7:55.70... 22. Florent Groberg, Maryland, 8:28.54.
55 Hurdles Pelims - 1. Ricardo Melbourne, George Mason, 7.23... 9. Dominic Berger, Maryland, 7.59; 19. Adam Durham, Maryland, 7.74 (top 18 advanced to semifinals).
35-Pound Weight Throw Final - 1. Eric Frasure, East Carolina, 67-4.75... 11. Beau Fay, Maryland, 56-11.50.