Track Teams Travel to George Mason for First of Two Meets

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April 26, 1999

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Marylands track teams will travel to Fairfax, Va., this weekend to compete at the Mason Springs Invitational. The meet will be the first of two heavily contested meets at which the Terps will compete on the campus of George Mason University. Next weekend Maryland will take part in the George Mason Adidas Invitational.

At the conclusion of the second meet in Fairfax, the Terps will have completed a pivotal part of their schedule that started two weeks ago at the ACC Championships. Following the George Mason Adidas Invite, the teams will have one more opportunity to qualify for ECAC, IC4A, and NCAA competition at the Last Chance Invitational hosted by James Madison University.

Three top-10 finishes by the womens relay teams highlighted the Terps performance at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia, Pa., last weekend.

The 4x100 relay team, which took first at the Penn Relays last year, placed fourth this year with a time of 46.29 seconds. The 4x400 relay team finished third with a time of 3:41.99. In addition, the shuttle hurdle relay team placed seventh with a time of 59.77.

Junior Cathy Porter (Millersville, Md.) and senior Heather Atkinson (Urbana, Ill.) also turned in strong performances for the women. Porter placed ninth in the hammer with a throw of 165-1. Atkinson took 10th in the same event with a distance of 165-0. In addition, freshman Tracy Ojeniyi (Sewell, N.J.) placed 22nd in the shot put with a throw of 39-6.

Senior Dessalyn Jolley (Trenton, N.J) and freshman Thema Napier (Columbia, Md.) both fared well in the 400 hurdles. Jolley took 15th with a time of 60.40 and Napier took 21st with a time of 60.98.

The men were led by junior Jason Joubert (Rockville, Md.). Joubert placed 13th in the 400 hurdles with a time of 52.95. Fellow hurdler Dontae Bugg took 26th place in the 110 hurdles with a time of 15.04. The 4x400 relay team ran the seventh fastest time of 3:18.46 in their heat.

The womens track team ranks 17th in the latest edition of the outdoor National Dual Meet Power Rankings, which are compiled by Idaho State University. The women are coming off last weekends Penn Relays, which are not team-scored. The men, ranked 32nd last week, placed 50th this week in the same rankings.

A total of seven womens school records have been broken since the beginning of the indoor season, one more than all of last year. 1998-99 has seen more womens records fall than any other year except the 1996-97 season, in which eight new records were established.

Junior Candyce DeLoatch (Pittsgrove, N.J.) has re-established the womens standard in the 400. She broke the indoor record at the ACC Championships with a time of 54.17. She then broke the outdoor record at the Alabama Relays with a time of 53.76.

Freshman Ruth Kura (North Potomac, Md.) broke the record in the weight throw with a toss of 57-3 1/2 at the Delaware Invitational. Cathy Porter broke the record in the hammer with a throw of 180-10 at the ACC Championships. In addition, junior Stacey Minott (Greenburg, N.Y.) broke her own school record in the 60 with a time of 7.47 at the ACC Championships.

Freshman Thema Napier (Columbia, Md.) broke the record in the 400 hurdles with a time of 59.82 at the Maryland Invitational. A relay record also fell this year as the 4x100 team broke the previous mark at the Alabama Relays with a time of 45.58.

Heather Atkinson (hammer)
Candyce DeLoatch (200, 400)
Tesheya Hoist (100)
Dessalyn Jolley (400)
Vanessa Jones (high jump)
Stacey Minott (100)
Thema Napier (400 hurdles)
Cathy Porter (hammer)
Melody Vaughn (100, long jump)
Nikki Webster (400, LJ, TJ)
4x100 relay, 4x400 relay

Dontae Bugg (110 hurdles)
John Carr (100)
Jason Joubert (400 hurdles)
Cedrick Rogers (LJ)
Jamie Wu (discus)
4x100 relay, 4x400 relay