April 30, 2003
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -
After recording strong performances at last weekend's Penn Relays, members of the Terps track and field program are looking to achieve NCAA Regional qualifying times on Saturday at George Mason's Patriot Open. The meet offers athletes the chance to familiarize themselves with the facility, which will host the NCAA East Regional Competition on May 30-31.
Patriot Open Preview
The meet will be held Saturday, May 3, at the George Mason Stadium in Fairfax, Va.
There will be 14 schools competing in the meet: George Mason, Virginia Commonwealth, James Madison, Lincoln, Campbell, East Carolina, Howard, William & Mary, Essex County, Maryland, Liberty, Georgetown, Penn State and Hampton.
Competition begins at 10:30 a.m. with the men's javelin throw. The first running event, the women's 4x100 meter relay, will be held at noon. Field events conclude at 3:30 p.m. with the men's triple jump, and running events conclude with the men's 4x400 meter relay race at 4:30 p.m.
A Look At Last Year's Meet
The Terps had a very successful campaign at the 2002 George Mason Invitational, notching three individual wins.
Punnie Chittchang established a new personal best in the long jump on her way to her first individual victory of the season. Her jump of 20-3 broke her old record of 20-1.75 set at the Alabama Relays.
Aranda Brown also notched her first season title in the weight throw, tossing a personal-best distance of 157-11.75.
On the track, Thema Napier claimed victory in the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 59.31-her second win of the year.
The men's team was also highlighted by field athletes. James Gondak and John Collins turned n second and third place finishes, respectively, in the weight throw. Gondak's throw of 178-0 was a personal best in the event.
Penn Relays Recap
The Terps set new personal and school bests at the 2003 Penn Relays, held in Philadelphia, Pa., last weekend. Most notable was senior Natalie Dye, who set a school record in the pole vault for the third time this season with a height of 12-9.5. The outstanding performance gave her third place out of 23 athletes.
Also performing well was the Terp throwing squad, led by senior Aranda Brown. Brown tossed a personal-best distance of 164-1 in the hammer to finish 16th.
Freshman Bria Johnson threw a personal-best of 41.25 in the shot put competition to finish 17th in the Eastern division. She also competed in the discus, throwing a distance of 123-3. Joining her in the shot put and discus was junior LaBelle Hillgrove, who tossed distances of 137-2 and 39-8.75 in the events, respectively.
Seniors Dionne Hamilton and Adrian Nelson also represented their teams in individual events. Hamilton ran in the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 1:05.52 and Nelson competed in the high jump, reaching a height of 6-5 to finish 12th in the Eastern division.
The Terp 4x400 meter relay team of Hamilton, senior Devenn Hamilton, junior Teyarnte' Carter and freshman Kelly Wallace turned out its best performance of the season, finishing with a time of 3:41.92. The time gave them fourth place in the ECAC division and qualified them for the NCAA Regional Championships. The Terp distance squad also competed at the Relays, running a 12:11.59 and finishing 12th.