April 20, 2012
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Three-time All-American Kiani Profit added ACC champion to her stellar resume at the University of Maryland by winning the heptathlon on Friday at the Atlantic Coast Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships, being hosted by Virginia.
Also for Maryland on Friday, senior Ashley Cromartie joined Profit by hitting a Maryland school record during Friday's competition. She ran 10:39.44 to finish 10th in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, besting Kristin Reed's mark of 10:41.7 from 2009.
On the men's side, senior Zack Ray had a stellar day in three events, qualifying for Saturday's finals in both hurdle events and earning All-ACC honors with a third-place finish in the men's long jump.
Profit, who finished second twice at the league meet in the heptathlon, broke her own school record by scoring 5,695 points over the seven events. She had scored 5,686 to finish second at the 2010 ACC Championships to post the Maryland school record.
She came into the second day of the heptathlon with a 220-point lead and dominated the remainder of the competition by winning all three events. She went 18-6 to win the long jump, had a javelin throw of 124-0 and ran a career-best 2:10.92 in the 800-meter run to post her outdoor-best in that event after competing in six other events over the two days.
Her mark of 5,695 is the third-best mark in the heptathlon nationally so far this season. She won the league title comfortably, as Clemson freshman Whitney Fountain was second at 5,145 and UNC junior Ariel Roberts was third at 4,882.
Profit later qualified second in the 400 hurdles with a run of 59.77 in Friday's preliminary heats. She was second only to Clemson freshman Kendra Harrison, who ran 57.43.
Senior Alexandra Georgiou set a career-best and moved into seventh all-time at Maryland with a mark of 117-11 in the women's javelin to place seventh. Junior Moriah Young also scored with an eighth-place finish in the women's shot put at 47-11.
Maryland was in seventh place in the team standings following Friday's competition with 22 points. Duke led the women's standings with 55 points after eight finals, with Virginia Tech second at 39 and Clemson in third with 37.
Freshman Myah Hicks just missed qualifying for Saturday's final in the women's 800, but her ninth-place time of 2:08.74 was fourth all-time at Maryland. She missed qualifying for the final by just over a second, but led a Maryland group in the 800 that ran well. Julie Sinkovitz had a career-best 2:10.05 to finish 11th but move into sixth all-time at Maryland, while Nicole Banker (2:13.99) and Maeve McCoy (2:20.71) had season-bests.
Ayanna Fields had Maryland's best 400-meter time of the season at 56.92, placing 15th in the prelims.
Ray will be seeded fifth in Saturday's final in the 110 hurdles after going 14.16 on Friday. He had a career-best 52.04 in the 400 hurdles to qualify third and move into seventh all-time at Maryland. Freshman Terrence Maliff also made the final by cutting almost two seconds off his previous season-best with a 54.23 clocking to qualify in the eighth spot.
Ray finished a strong day with a third-place finish in the men's long jump. He added nine inches to his previous season-best by going 24-5.75. His mark came on his first attempt of the competition on Friday.
Sophomore Josh Haghighi also scored for the Terps with a seventh-place finish in the final of the men's shot put. His best attempt of 53-5.50 came on his fifth attempt of the competition.
Maryland's nine points on the men's side were 10th in the team standings following Friday's second day. The Terps were only one point out of eighth place. Virginia Tech had a big lead with 82 points, with Florida State second at 52 and host Virginia in third with 40 points.
Senior Sumanth Kuppali ran 3:49.54 to finish 16th in the 1,500, posting the second-fastest time since 2000 and moving into 10th on Maryland's all-time list. He cut six seconds off his previous season-best in the 1,500.
Shawn David cut a second off his previous season-best in the 400 prelims, going 48.28 and finishing 11th. He was just behind the final qualifying mark for Saturday's final of 48.06. John Davenport went 49.41 in his first 400 competition of the season.
Craig Morgan had the Terps' best mark of the season in the 800 at 1:52.49, placing 15th in the prelims. The Terrapin junior cut two seconds off his previous season-best.
Due to a forecast of rain late on Saturday, the schedule for each event has been moved up two hours. Competition will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday.
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