April 5, 2003
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Terp women's track and field team took advantage of the familiar turf today, winning the Maryland Invitational by a wide margin against a field of 12 other teams. The meet, held at the Kehoe Track Facility, marked the team's first scoring meet of the outdoor season. Several impressive individual performances paved the way for the Terps' victory.
Freshman Kierra Foster was a big scorer for the Terps today, earning the team points in each of her three events. She battled damp and slippery conditions to place second in the long jump with a distance of 19-0. She also took second in the triple jump with a distance of 38-6 and third in the 100 meter hurdles, finishing the race in 14.37. Also jumping well for the Terps was senior Natalie Dye, an NCAA Regional qualifier and school record holder in the pole vault. Dye's jump of 12-0 won the event by a large margin, with teammate Megan Watts placing second.
The talented Terp sprinters also turned in multiple impressive finishes. Junior Teyarnte' Carter won the 100 meter dash with a time of 12.52, and junior Toni Jefferson claimed victory in the 200 meter dash, finishing with a time of 24.63. Taking second in the 400 meter dash was senior Devenn Hamilton, whose time of 55.17 was less than one second away from the NCAA Regional qualifying standard.
The throws events were strongpoints for the team, as Maryland athletes swept the top three spots in the hammer throw. Senior Aranda Brown led the way, throwing a distance of 157-5 for the event win. Behind her in second was junior Labelle Hillgrove, while freshman Bria Johnson rounded out the top three. It was Hillgrove who took the title in the shot put, thanks to a 41-6.5 throw. Johnson threw a distance of 40-1.5 to place third, with freshman Zakiya Shivers close behind in fourth. Grabbing her third top-five finish of the day, Johnson placed second in the javelin throw with a distance of 98-0.5. Junior Diana Prestileo finished fourth in the event with a toss of 95-6.5.
Highlighting the distance events was senior Kim Smith, who turned in a career-best time of 18:09.84 to win the women's 5,000 meter run. Maryland swept the top three spots in that race, with freshmen Rebecca Funk (18:22.84) and Cori Koch (18:41.99) in second and third, respectively. Freshmen Allison Carney finished fifth in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:19.22, followed less than one second behind by freshman Danielle Siebert in sixth. In the 3,000 meter steeplechase, freshman Shari Gorga finished second with a time of 12:19.34-only four second behind the school record.
The 4x100 meter relay team also scored for the Terps, placing second with a time of 47.16. In all, Maryland racked up a total of 232 points, finishing well in front of the next-best team total of 66.5 posted by Essex County College. Placing third was Coppin State, with a score of 64. Next weekend, the Terps hope to keep the positive momentum rolling as they travel to the Miami Gatorade Invitational in Miami, Fla.