Feb. 5, 2003
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -
After a rest from competition last weekend, the Terps track and field teams are back in action this Friday and Saturday as they travel to Notre Dame, Ind., to compete in the Meyo Invitational. Marking the approximate midway point of the indoor season, the Meyo Invitational will be the teams' second away meet this year. Going into this weekend, the USTCA No. 12 ranked women and No. 45 ranked men are looking strong after turning in impressive performances against formidable competition at the Jan. 25 Maryland Invitational.
Meyo Invitational Basics
The meet will be held Friday, Feb. 7, and Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Loftus Sports Complex at the University of Notre Dame.
Friday's competition will begin at 6 p.m. with the women's weight throw and will conclude at 8:15 p.m. with the men's distance medley relay. Saturday's competition will start with the women's triple jump at 10:30 a.m. and will finish with the men's 4x440 yard relay at 5 p.m. Times are subject to change.
In addition to Maryland, teams competing at the invitational include: Arkansas (women), Clemson (women), Michigan, Georgetown (men), Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Windsor, Michigan State, Tulane (women) and Notre Dame.
Following the Meyo Invitational, the Terps will split on Feb. 14 and 15, sending athletes to the Armory Collegiate Meet in New York and the Thomson Invitational in Delaware. The meets will serve as the teams' final tune-ups before they face the Feb. 21-22 ACC Indoor Championships.
Talented Opposition Abound
Last weekend, the No. 24 Notre Dame women were victorious over Michigan State, led senior pole vaulter Jaime Volkmer, who provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships and set a new school record of 12-9.5. Meanwhile, at the adidas Indoor Games in Boston, No. 31 Notre Dame's Luke Watson qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 3,000 meters with a time of 7:55.78.
Also at the adidas Indoor Games, the Michigan men's distance medley team took second place, automatically qualifying for the NCAA Championships with a time of 9:35.80. Placing first in that race was the relay team from Arkansas, finishing one second faster than Michigan to set a meet record.
The No. 5 Arkansas women's track and field team is enjoying much success this year, and will send several athletes to compete in Notre Dame this weekend. Arkansas is the only school in SEC history to win more than one women's triple crown, winning its latest title in the 2000-2001 season.
The Clemson women's indoor track and field squad, ranked 30th, boasts two 2002 NCAA All-Americans in Jamine Moton and Sheri Smith. The Clemson men currently hold the No. 21 spot in the USTCA ranking.
The Terps will also face competition in the form of Eastern Michigan, whose men's team is having a very successful season and is currently ranked sixth.
The Last Home Stand
Two weeks ago, the Terps finished the last of their three home meets as they hosted the Maryland Invitational, where there were solid individual finishes across the board. Most notably, junior Labelle Hillgrove and sophomore Beau Fay set new personal bests in the shot put and weight throw, respectively.
Sophomore Rob Frelow sprinted to second place in the 400-meter run with a time of 49.49, and has placed in the top three of at least one event in each meet of the season. Junior Mike Prada bested his personal record in the mile by more than eight seconds, posting a 4:20.32.
On the women's side, junior Toni Jefferson recorded two second-place finishes, in the 60 and 200 meter dash, while freshman Kierra Foster earned second places in the 60 meter hurdles, long jump and triple jump. Senior Natalie Dye earned the only individual win for the women's team, taking first in the pole vault with a height of 12-6.