May 16, 2005
PRINCETON, N.J. - The Maryland track & field teams completed their weekend in style at the ECAC/IC4A Championships, as six more Terrapins qualified for NCAA regionals and the men's 4 x 100 meter relay team of Earl Gray, Rob Frelow, Dominic Berger and Gerrick McPhearson raced to the school's first IC4A title in more than 20 years.
The men's 4 x 100 team sprinted to the relay's championship in a time of 40.60, easily besting their season mark and qualifying for NCAAs. Sophomore Matt Sanders had already qualified for regionals in the 3,000 meter steeplechase on Friday.
"We're excited about the weekend's performances - it was a tremendous team effort," said second-year track coach and two-time Olympic gold medalist Andrew Valmon. "We had the best time in the 4 x 100 in more than 20 years, which was just off the school record [39.89 in 1978]. To have that many athletes qualify for NCAAs is great. Our motto all year long has been `Finish the Job,' and I'm proud of the way our team is performing late in the season."
Also on the men's side, Berger took second place in the 110 meter hurdles, posting the sixth-best time in school history with a career-best 14.03. Berger already qualified for NCAAs in that event earlier in the season. The men's team finished 15th out of 47 squads at the weekend meet.
The Maryland women's team posted a seventh-place finish out of 45 competing teams, as several Terrapins turned in strong performances on Sunday. The Terps were led by junior Bria Johnson, who qualified for NCAAs in the shot put by throwing a career-best 47-04.25 - a mark that ranks third-best in school history and earned her third place in the event.
Junior Renee Clarke sprinted to fifth place in the women's 400 meter dash, registering a NCAA-qualifying time of 54.59. Senior Kierra Foster, who on Saturday qualified for NCAAs in the 100 meter hurdles and the long jump, finished seventh in the hurdle finals on Sunday. Foster, Clarke, Natasha Emmanuel and Lynn Hernandez - who is the new school record holder and a NCAA qualifier in the long jump (21-02.75) after her Saturday performance - teamed up to take fourth in the 4 x 100 meter relay with a time of 46.23.
In other field events, freshman Toni Aluko took fifth in the high jump with a 5-07.00, her second-best mark of the season. Classmate Jillian Anwah finished 13th in the shot put with a throw of 43-04.50.
Complete meet results are available from all three days of the ECAC/IC4A Championships at www.ecac.com.