Indoor Track Ready for a Breather

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December 9, 1998

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - After a weekend that saw them compete in two separate events in two different states to kick off the season, the Maryland indoor track teams are ready for a break. Their next meet isnt until next month and the layoff will be useful in regrouping from the busy weekend. On Jan.9, the Terps will travel to Fairfax, Va., to compete in the Father Diamond Invitational. That meet will mark the beginning of a more conventional schedule that will see the team compete in five meets in five weeks. After the meet in Fairfax, the teams will travel to Newark, Del., to compete in the Delaware Invitational.

The mens and womens teams opened the season with impressive showings at the Navy Invitational and the Bucknell Invitational this weekend.

On Friday, the Terps traveled to Annapolis, Md., to compete in the Navy Invitational. Senior Heather Atkinson (Urbana, Ill.) and junior Cathy Porter (Millersville, Md.) both performed well in the 20lb. weight with throws of 55-2 and 55-9, respectively.

Five members of the womens team qualified for the Eastern Colleges of America Conference (ECAC) Championships. Senior Melody Vaughn (Houston, Texas) qualified in the long jump with a distance of 39-7. Junior Jaime Dorshimer (Slatington, Pa.) qualified in the pole vault with a jump of 10-0. Senior Nikki Webster (Richmond, Va.) qualified in the triple jump with a distance of 39-7.

For the men, there were two qualifiers for the Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America (IC4A) Championships. Senior Asa Heath (Richmond, Va.) and freshman Dontae Bugg (Newport News, Va.) both qualified in the 55-meter hurdles with times of 7.4 seconds and 7.3 seconds, respectively. The mens 4x400-meter relay team also qualified with a time of 3:21.4.

After competing in Annapolis, the teams traveled to Lewisburg, Pa., to compete in the Bucknell Invitational. The meet was marked by several strong individual performances, especially on the womens side. Dorshimer was again impressive in the pole vault as she took first place with a jump of 10-6. Webster also continued her strong jumping as she took first in the long jump with a distance of 18-10 1/2. Minott also fared well for the second time in two meets as she won the 55-meters in 7.06 seconds. Atkinson was victorious in the 20lb. weight with a throw of 53-7 3/4. In addition, the Terps distance medley relay team took first with a time of 12:17.52.

Junior John Carr (Washington, D.C.), who took first in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 6.51, led the men. Bugg was impressive again for the Terps as he won the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 7.53.

The meets were very successful overall for the Terps as an inordinate number of athletes qualified for the ECACs and IC4As. The upperclassmen played a pivotal role in the teams success, yet freshmen such as Dontae Bugg stepped up and showed why the Terps are poised to improve upon last years ACC finish.


D4   Navy Invitational at Annapolis, Md.
D5   Bucknell Invitational at Lewisburg, Pa.
D5   West Virginia Pentathlon at Morgantown, W.Va.
J9   Father Diamond at Fairfax, Va.
J16  Delaware at Newark, Del.
J23  Army, Manhattan, Lehigh, Lafayette at West Point, N.Y.
J30  ACC vs. SEC Challenge at Gainesville, Fla.
F6   Husker Invitational at Lincoln, Neb.
F19  ACC Championships at Blacksburg, Va.
F27  ECACs (Women) at Boston, Mass.
M6   IC4As (Men) at Boston, Mass.
M5   NCAAs at Indianapolis, Ind.
ECAC Qualifiers

Cathy Porter
Heather Atkinson
Melody Vaughn
Nikki Webster
Jaime Dorshimer
Thema Napier
Stacy Minott

Womens 4x400 relay

IC4A Qualifiers

Asa Heath
Dontae Bugg