June 3, 2008
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Dominic Berger, Toni Aluko and Jillian Anwah each earned All-East Region designation from the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association with their performances last weekend at the NCAA East Regional Championships.
The three Terrapin seniors finished in the top eight in their respective events at the regionals, hosted by Florida State University.
Berger earned an automatic trip to next weekend's NCAA National Championships with his fifth-place finish in the men's 110-meter hurdles. He ran 13.72 in the preliminaries to post his best time of the season.
The Terrapin senior is a three-time All-American in hurdle events and has earned an invitation to the outdoor nationals for the third straight season. His career-best of 13.49 was posted at the nationals in 2006 and his time stands second all-time at Maryland behind only Hall of Famer Renaldo Nehemiah, who still holds the collegiate record in the event at 13.00.
Aluko, a senior from Burtonsville, Md., finished sixth in the women's high jump at regionals. Her mark of 5 feet, 9.25 inches at regionals was her best of the season. For points purposes, Aluko was credited with a tie for fifth, but she lost a jump-off for the fifth and final automatic-qualifying spot from the East Regional.
Anwah, a senior from Centreville, Va., earned All-East Region status in both the women's shot put and the women's discus.
Anwah was sixth at regionals in the discus, with her mark of 163-3 being five feet better than her previous career-best. She missed the automatic-qualifying placement by less than a foot in a strong competition at FSU.
She placed seventh in the shot put at regionals at 49-0.25. Her top three marks of the 2008 season came at the ECAC Championships (50-7.25 to finish second) and at the ACC Championships, where she earned All-ACC honors with a third-place finish.
The Terrapins finished 23rd in the women's team standings with 8.5 points, while Berger's four points on the men's side earned the Terps a tie for 44th.