Feb. 19, 2003
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -
The Terp track and field teams will see just how much they have improved this year as they test themselves against familiar opponents at the ACC Indoor Championships this weekend. Last year the Terp women and men finished 7th and 9th, respectively, but with new talent and experienced leaders, the teams are looking forward to higher finishes this season.
This Weekend's Action
The 2003 ACC Indoor Championships will take place Friday and Saturday, Feb. 21-22, at Chapel Hill, N.C. The meet will be held at the Dick Taylor Track in the Eddie Smith Fieldhouse on the University of North Carolina campus.
Friday's competition will begin at 11 a.m. with several field events and will end at 6:30 p.m. with the distance medley relays. Saturday's action starts at 10 a.m. with the weight throw and will conclude with the 4x400 meter relays at 4:30 p.m.
Complete results and a meet recap will be posted following Saturday night's competition, on the Maryland Athletics web site .
In The Polls
The top women's team to beat this weekend will be host team North Carolina, who is currently ranked second in the USTCA poll. The next highest-ranked ACC team is the Terp women, who hold the No. 17 spot, followed by Georgia Tech at No. 31.
For the men, Clemson is the highest-ranking ACC team, at No. 26. Ten spots back are the North Carolina men, followed by the Terps, at No. 61.
Several Terps hold spots in the ACC top 10 marks of the season. Harold Manning's top time in the 60 meter dash is the ACC's seventh fastest time of the year, and his 21.69 in the 200 meter is tied for second in the conference. Rob Frelow holds the ACC's fourth-fastest time in the 400. Also holding top-10 marks are Mike Prada in the 5,000, Beau Fay in the weight throw and Adrian Nelson in the high jump.
For the women, Toni Jefferson holds two top-10 spots, in the 60 and the 200 meter dash, while Kierra Foster holds top-10 spots in the 60 meter hurdles, long jump and triple jump. Also ranking in their events are Labelle Hillgrove, Aranda Brown, Jessica Taibe, Natalie Dye and Bria Johnson.
A Look Back At Last Year
Toni Jefferson led the way for the women's team in 2002 by winning conference titles in the 60 meter and 200 meter dash. She was the first Terp woman to claim two victories in the same meet since Rosalind Taylor in 1989. She was also a vital leg of the 4x400 meter relay team that took second place. Senior Ruth Kura joined Jefferson in All-Conference honors by finishing second in the weight throw.
On the men's side, Harold Manning finished highest for the Terps, taking fourth in the 60 meter dash with a new career-best time. Senior Phillip Barrett posted another fourth place for the team in the 60 meter hurdles.