Jan. 11, 2003
NEWARK, Del. - Testing themselves for the first time as a team away from home, the Terps turned in powerful performances at the Delaware Invitational on Friday. The women claimed nine individual victories, including two Delaware Field House records, and beat four other teams to take first in the team competition.
Junior Teyarnte' Carter was the first of the two Terps to set new records for the Delaware Field House as she won the 60 meter dash with a 7.56. Terps dominated the 200-meter dash by sweeping the first three spots, with junior Devenn Hamilton winning the event with a time of 26.13. Teammates Kierra Foster and Dionne Hamilton finished in second and third, less than one second behind Devenn Hamilton. The talented twins also headlined other events, as Dionne took second in the 400 meter, and Devenn placed second in the 500 meter.
In the 800 meters, freshman Kelly Wallace and junior Andrea Stehman took second and third place, with respective times of 2:18.82 and 2:23.93. Freshman cross country standout Allison Carney claimed two first-place finishes at the meet, with a 5:07.45 in the mile and a 3:00.12 in the 1,000-meter run. Freshman Cori Koch posted a 10:42.13 to finish second in the 3,000-meter race, with teammates Rebecca Funk and Amie Shomette finishing fourth and fifth, respectively.
Two Terps finished in the top three in the 60 meter hurdles. Foster won the event with a time of 8.88 and freshman Shenae Dawkins posted a 9.25 to place third. In the 4x400-meter relay, Maryland finished second, heartbreakingly close to Navy.
The jumps events were strongpoints for the Terps at the meet, as three athletes claimed victories. Dawkins won the triple jump with a distance of 37-8, with Foster placing second. Foster won the long jump with a 18-10 effort, with Dawkins in third. In the high jump, freshman Kendall Bolte placed second with a successful jump of 5-3. Senior Natalie Dye won the pole vault competition, setting a Delaware Field House record of 12-6. The height tied the school record and personal best set by Dye in 2001.
LaBelle Hillgrove led the Terps in the throws area, by winning first in the weight throw with a distance of 50-7.5. Finishing second was senior Aranda Brown, with a 49-5.5 throw. Hillgrove also took second place in the shot put, setting a new personal-best distance of 43-8. Freshman Bria Johnson finished close behind her in third with a 42-10.25 effort.
The Terps are back in action on Jan. 25 at the Maryland/PVA Invitational, which will be the team's last home meet of the season.