Track Teams Head Back George Mason

Maryland Athletics
Print RSS

May 4, 1999

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland's track teams will travel to Fairfax, Va., this weekend to compete at the George Mason/Adidas Invitational. The meet will be the second of two heavily contested meets at which the Terps will compete on the campus of George Mason University. Last weekend Maryland took part in the Mason Spring Invitational.

At the conclusion of this weekend's meet in Fairfax, the Terps will have completed a pivotal part of their schedule that started two weeks ago at the ACC Championships. Next week, the teams will have one more opportunity to qualify for postseason competition at the Last Chance Invitational hosted by James Madison University. After that will be the ECAC and IC4A championships, followed by the NCAA's.

Freshman Andrew Long (Columbia, Md.) had three top-two finishes to lead the track teams at the George Mason Spring Invitational last Saturday.

Long set a personal best in the hammer as he took second place with a throw of 131-11. He also finished second in the shot put with a throw of 44-5. In addition, Long won the discus by more than 12 feet with a toss of 138-5.

Also faring well for the men were junior John Carr (Washington, D.C.) and freshman Tim Gilday (Laurel, Md.). Carr placed seventh in the 200 with a Maryland season best time of 21.72 seconds. Gilday finished eighth in the pole vault with a leap of 11-11 3/4.

The women's team was led by freshman Shawna Morgan (Scotch Plains, N.J.). Morgan placed third in the 100 with a season best time of 12.23. She also finished eighth in the 200 with a personal best time of 25.58.

Also turning in strong performances for the women were sophomore Amanda Coleman (El Paso, Texas), junior Cathy Porter (Millersville, Md.), and senior Heather Atkinson (Urbana, Ill.). Coleman took fourth place in the triple jump with a distance of 37-5. Atkinson finished second in the hammer with a throw of 166-9 and Porter took third in the same event with a toss of 164-6.

The women's track team ranks 18th in the latest edition of the outdoor National Dual Meet Power Rankings, which are compiled by Idaho State University. The women are coming off last weekend's Mason Spring Invitational, which was not team-scored.

A total of seven womens school records have been broken since the beginning of the indoor season, one more than all of last year. 1998-99 has seen more women's records fall than any other year except the 1996-97 season, in which eight new records were established.

Junior Candyce DeLoatch (Pittsgrove, N.J.) has re-established the women's standard in the 400. She broke the indoor record at the ACC Championships with a time of 54.17. She then broke the outdoor record at the Alabama Relays with a time of 53.76.

Freshman Ruth Kura (North Potomac, Md.) broke the record in the weight throw with a toss of 57-3 1/2 at the Delaware Invitational. Cathy Porter broke the record in the hammer with a throw of 180-10 at the ACC Championships. In addition, junior Stacey Minott (Greenburg, N.Y.) broke her own school record in the 60 with a time of 7.47 at the ACC Championships.

Freshman Thema Napier (Columbia, Md.) broke the record in the 400 hurdles with a time of 59.82 at the Maryland Invitational. A relay record also fell this year as the 4x100 team broke the previous mark at the Alabama Relays with a time of 45.58.