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Track Enters Final Weekend Of Regular Season
Courtesy: Maryland Athletics
Release: 05/07/2002

May 7, 2002

Towson Invitational
May 11

James Madison Invitational
May 10 and 11

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Finish Line in Sight

* This weekend marks the last chance for the Terps to better their times in hopes of qualifying for the ECAC, IC4A and NCAA championships meets as the team will travel to two different events: the James Madison Invitational on May 10 and 11 and the Towson Invitational on May 11.

* This will be the Terps first trip to the James Madison Last Chance meet since May 12 and 13, 2000.

Women Take Three Victories at Mason Invitational

* Junior Punnie Chittchang (Mount Airy, Md.) set a new career best in the long jump at the Mason Invitational. Her jump of 20-3 gave her the first-place spot and also vaulted her to the team lead in the event. It was her first victory of the season and leaves her only 2.25 inches of the school record held by three different women, most recently by Lynn Harris in 2001.

* Junior Aranda Brown (Schenectady, N.Y.) also set a new career best mark in the hammer in her victory at the Mason Invitational. The throw of 157-11.50 propelled Brown to her first career victory.

* Taking the third win for the Terps at the Mason Invitational was senior Thema Napier (Columbia, Md.) who took the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 59.31. It was the second victory in the event this season for the NCAA provisional qualifier and school record holder in the event.

Men Move into the record book

* Freshman Rob Frelow (White Plains, N.Y.) has had an outstanding campaign thus far. His season best time of 46.98 in the 400 meters is already good enough to place Frelow at number six overall in the Maryland record book only .01 seconds behind Chris Stauffer. The record time of 46.17 was set by Paul Gittens in 1997.

* The battle for king of the hammer throw has been a season-long struggle between senior James Gondak (Doylestown, Pa.) and junior John Collins (Clarksburg, Md.). At the Mason Invitational, Gondak (178-0) edged Collins (176-3) for second place. But for the season, Collins (178-1) holds the slightest of margins, leading Gondak (178-0) by only one inch. With their performances this season, Collins and Gondak have moved into fourth and fifth place in school history in the men's hammer throw.

ECAC Qualifiers(13)                                  IC4A Qualifiers(8)
Toni Jefferson - 100, 200, 400                       Harold Manning - 200, 400
Tia Burley - 200, 400, 100H                          Rob Frelow - 400
Devenn Hamilton - 400
Thema Napier - 100H, 400H                            Phillip Barrett - 110H
Amber Stanley - 100 H                                Dontae Bugg - 110H
Punnie Chittchang - Long Jump                        John Collins - Hammer
Heather Houston - Long Jump                          James Gondak - Hammer
Tracy Ojeniyi - Shot Put                             4x100 Relay
Labelle Hillgrove - Discus                           4x400 Relay
Ruth Kura - Discus, Hammer
Aranda Brown - Hammer
4x100 Relay
4x400 Relay


Track contact:Chris Stuchko
Phone: 301-314-1483
Fax: 301-314-1483
E-Mail: lilpenny4@aol.com



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