Jan. 19, 2008
LANDOVER, Md. - University of Maryland senior Jillian Anwah won both the women's shot put and the 20-pound weight throw to highlight the home team's 10 event victories Saturday at the Maryland Indoor Invitational track and field meet held at the Wayne Curry Sports and Learning Center.
Anwah had season-best marks of 59 feet, 5.75 inches in the weight throw and came back later to go 47-1.50 in the shot put. Her winning effort in the shot put led a 1-2-3 finish by the Terrapins in that event.
She was followed by Ashley Williams, whose 46-4.75 moved her into sixth place on Maryland's all-time list, and Aysha Gregory, who was third in 45-0.25. All three marks qualified for the ECAC Indoor Championships to be held in Boston in March.
Anwah's mark in the weight throw was nearly a foot better than her throw last week at the Virginia Tech Invitational, and bested the Maryland Invitational field by more than four feet better than second-place Taylar Stallings of South Florida. Gregory was fourth at 52-5.50, a half-inch off a qualifying mark for the ECAC Indoor.
Junior Sal Delhierro provided one of the highlights on the men's side, winning the shot put by nearly five feet. His mark of 53-3.50 was an IC4A qualifier and improved his previous indoor-best of 50-6, set at last year's ACC Championships. Marlon Powells of Norfolk State was second at 48-4, with Terrapin freshman Geoff Goidell matching last week's collegiate-debut of 47-11, good enough for fourth.
Maryland's men's distance medley relay earned a win early in the day. Kyle Rauser, Jeremy Samuels, Sean Lowe and Richie Booth covered the distance in 10:24.26. Samuels brought the Terps from fourth to second during his 400-meter leg, with Lowe maintaining the position in the 800. Booth kicked in the final two laps of the 1,600-meter anchor leg to open the lead for a two-second win over Norfolk State.
Sophomore Victor Gilreath picked up his first collegiate win and an IC4A-qualifying berth with his first-place mark of 47-4.25 in the men's triple jump. He won comfortably over Jeffrey Sejour, who was competing unattached and went 46-7.50.
Senior Toni Aluko won a women's high jump competition for the second straight week, earning her second victory in as many weeks via fewer misses. Both Aluko and Lou Tisha Hall of South Florida cleared 5-8.75, but Aluko earned the victory to pair with last week's win at the Virginia Tech Invitational. Christina Smith tied for seventh with a career-best 5-3.
Maryland also captured the men's high jump, as David Edwards-Brennan was one of two athletes over 6-8.75 to win. He had few misses at that height than Marlon Woods of Norfolk State.
Sophomore Tommy Friscia also earned his first collegiate victory by taking first place in the men's 800. He went 1:57.09 to earn the win, besting Jeff Strojny of Richmond, who finished in 1:58.55. Friscia took control of the race on the third of four laps and held on for the triumph.
Lindsay Ritchings, also a Terrapin sophomore, picked up her second win at the Maryland Indoor Invitational in as many years by capturing the women's 3,000 meters in 10:11.91. Ritchings, who won the women's mile as a freshman last year, edged Jacqueline Gruendel, running unattached, by 0.02 seconds.
Senior Natasha Emmanuel of Maryland won the women's 200, outgunning a 49-person field to win in 25.60. DaMara Parrish of Bowie State was second in 25.87, while Maryland freshman Heidi Paul was third in 25.90.
Denise Von Eynatten of South Florida was the lone collegian on the day to hit an NCAA-provisional mark. She won the women's pole vault at 13-1.50, topping the five USF vaulters who bested the rest of the field in that event.