Feb. 10, 2008
New York, NY - Last week, Toni Aluko jumped herself into the Maryland history books in the long jump. But apparently, that wasn't enough for the Maryland senior.
Yesterday, Aluko posted the third-best high jump in Maryland history, tied the meet record, met the NCAA provisional mark and won the event, at the eighth annual New Balance Collegiate Invitational in New York.
Aluko's mark of 5-10.00, makes her the holder of the second- and third-best indoor high jumps in Terrapin history. Her career-best mark of 5-10.50 came at the ECAC Championships in 2005. Those marks are behind only Vanessa Jones, who posted a jump of 5-11.50 in 2000.
But the senior wasn't done there. Aluko also leaped to a fifth-place finish in the triple jump, with a mark of 39-08.75. That mark qualifies her for the ECAC Championships and ties her for fifth-place on the Maryland all-time list. Her career-best jump in the event remains 39-11.50, which she set last year at the Virginia Tech Challenge.
For the second day in a row, Jillian Anwah set a career-best mark. On Friday, the senior posted a shot put of 50-07.25, which landed her second on the Maryland all-time list. Yesterday, she threw for an ECAC-qualifying mark of 60-02.00, which is the second-best weight throw in Maryland history. Anwah now holds the second-, third- and fourth-best weight throws all-time. She sits behind former Terrapin All-American Ruth Kura whose top throw of 66-09.25 came at the Armory Collegiate Invitational six years ago.
Erin Matyus also had a good day for the Terps, setting a career-best time in the mile. She placed sixth overall with a time of 5:00.30. She was followed in the event by teammates Christina Nelson, who finished 14th, with a time of 5:05.30 and Lindsay Ritchings who ran a 5:05.86 and placed 16th.
Greg Kelsey led the Terrapin men, placing 18th in the 3,000 meters with an IC4A-qualifying time of 8:19.72. In the sophomore's first-career appearance in the 3,000 meters, he set the fifth-best time in Maryland school history.
In the men's high jump, David Edwards-Brennan placed tenth with a mark of 6-06.25. The junior has already qualified for the IC4A Championships with his career-best mark of 6-09.75, which he hit last year at the ACC Championships and this year at the Virginia Tech Invitational.
The Terps will return to action on Feb. 22-23 at the Virginia Tech Challenge in their final tune-up before the ACC Championships in Chapel Hill, N.C. on Feb. 28 and March 1.
Women's Individual Results (First-place and Maryland Finishers)
500 Meters - 1. Alexandra McCoy, Seton Hall, 1:13.00... 33. Katie Rogus, Maryland, 1:19.06.
60-Meter Hurdles (Preliminaries) 1. Jessica Ohanaja, LSU, 8.19... 51. Katie Rogus, Maryland, 9.07.
Long Jump - 1. Fatimah Hill, Buffalo, 20-03.50... 32. Tiffani Long, Maryland, 17-06.00.
Triple Jump - 1. Kimona Smith, North Carolina A&T, 40-00.50... 5. Toni Aluko, Maryland, 39-08.75.
High Jump - 1. Toni Aluko, Maryland, 5-10.00.
Men's Individual Results (First-place and Maryland Finishers)
1,000 Meters - 1. Sean Tully, Villanova, 2:23.42... 43. Tommy Friscia, Maryland, 2:32.95.
60-Meter Hurdles (Preliminaries) - 1. Jangy Addy, Tennessee, 7.67... 12. Dominic Berger, Maryland, 7.94.
Long Jump - 1. Jangy Addy, Tennessee, 24-08.25... 42. Jason Allen, Maryland, 21-02.00.
Pole Valut- 1. Daniel Keller, North Carolina, 16-02.75... T14. Nick David, Maryland, 15-03.00.
200 Meters (Preliminaries) - 1. Rubin Williams, Tennessee, 20.87... 96. Jason Allen, Maryland, 23.79.
3,000 Meters - 1. Robert Curtis, Villanova, 7:50.17... 18. Greg Kelsey, Maryland, 8:19.72.
4x400 Meter Relay - 1. SE Missouri, 3:10.99... 8. Maryland, 3:13.86.
High Jump - 1. Raymond Harris, Texas, 7-00.25... 10. David Edwards-Brennan, Maryland- 6-06.25.