April 19, 2003
RALEIGH, N.C. - The untimely combination of inexperience and injury was too much for the Terp teams to overcome this weekend, as both squads finished ninth at the ACC Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Raleigh, N.C. The Terp women had hoped to finish in the top half of the conference, despite it being only their second team competition of the year.
In the end, it was Florida State who took the men's team title for the second year in a row, while the North Carolina women captured their 13th conference crown. Despite the Terps' disappointing team finishes, the meet was highlighted by solid marks from several veteran athletes, who were competing in their very last ACC Championships.
Senior pole vaulter Natalie Dye went out in style in her last conference meet, setting a new school record in the event. She soared to a height of 12-8, finishing second place overall and earning All-ACC honors. Dye, an NCAA Regional qualifier, was the only Terp to receive all-conference honors in Raleigh.
Another veteran performer who stood out from the crowd was junior Teyarnte' Carter, who came in sixth in the 100 meter dash with a time of 11.98-just half of a second off the school record in that event. Senior Devenn Hamilton also sprinted well for the team, finishing eighth in the 400 meter dash finals with a time of 55.71. Senior Aranda Brown represented the upperclassmen in the throws area, placing sixth in the hammer with a toss of 160-2. In the 5,000 meter run, senior Kim Smith raced a personal-best time of 17:37.16 to place 16th.
Freshman phenom Kierra Foster, although slightly off her top game this weekend, still grabbed a top-10 finish in the 100 meter dash, finishing in 14.80 for eighth place. She also took ninth in the triple jump with a distance of 38-1.25. The 4x400 relay squad held their own as well, turning in a season-best time of 3:47.47 to finish sixth.
The Terp women throwers were led by junior Labelle Hillgrove, who finished ninth in the shot put with a distance of 43-7.25 and 12th in the discus with a mark of 136-5. Following her with season-best throws in those events was freshman Zakiya Shivers, who took 12th in the shot put and 16th in the discus.
Sophomore Rob Frelow and junior Harold Manning, consistent scorers for the Terps, were kept out of top form in Raleigh by nagging knee injuries. In the 400 meter dash preliminaries, Frelow's time of 49.02 and Manning's 49.84 were not quick enough to qualify them for the finals in that event. Also kept out of finals was junior Chris Ader, who raced a 57.85 in the 400 meter hurdles preliminaries.
Senior high jumper Adrian Nelson was the top finisher for the Terp men, tying three other athletes with a height of 6-7.5 to finish seventh overall after jump-off rules were applied. Sophomore Beau Fay was the team's lone thrower, placing 13th in the shot put with a distance of 43-3.25 and 12th in the hammer with a mark of 142-7.5.
The Terp distance squad was well represented by junior Mike Prada, who came in ninth in the 10,000 meter run with a time of 31:28.00. Behind him in 10th came sophomore Florent Groberg. Three Terps set season-best times while running the 5,000 meter run on Saturday. These included freshmen Pat McHenry (15:26.87) and Dan Ryan (15:33.83), and sophomore Eric Marenburg (15:51.92).
The Terps now face the challenge of regrouping after this weekend's meet, as they have important meets yet to come this season. Next up is the April 24-26 Penn Relays in Philadelphia, Pa., where qualified athletes will compete with some of the nation's best and brightest track stars.