Terps Have Strong Day at ACC Track

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Feb. 24, 2012


BOSTON, Mass. - Maryland scored 20 points in the women's high jump, sophomore Kyle Graves was the top qualifier in the men's mile and sophomore Josh Haghighi had the best mark in the men's weight throw by a Terrapin in 29 years Friday to highlight Terp performances at the Atlantic Coast Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships.

The Terrapins scored 20 of their 30 points on the women's side in the high jump, earning fourth place after the second day of the three-day competition.

Maryland had 16 points to earn seventh in the men's team standings behind a second-place finish in the high jump by senior Jon Hill.

The day for the women included a school record in the distance medley relay, as Ashley Cromartie, DeAnna Brown, Myah Hicks and Julie Fricke went 11:31.39 to place fifth and cut 12 seconds off the previous school record.

Sophomore Amina Smith finished second in the women's high jump at 5 feet, 10.50 inches. She cleared 5-10.50 on her second attempt, while Virginia's Pearl Bickersteth made the height on her first try to win the competition.

Freshman Amber Melville had her best mark of the indoor season to finish third at 5-8.75, moving into sixth all-time at Maryland. Lucile Cancre tied for fourth and freshman Thea LaFond was seventh, each clearing 5-7.

Maryland scored its other points on the women's side in the 20-pound weight throw when junior Moriah Young finished third at 61-7. It was her third throw of the season past the 60-foot mark.

The Terrapins were also strong in the women's 800, as sophomore Julie Sinkovitz cut nearly five seconds off her previous season-best. She was ninth in 2:10.82, moving into fourth all-time at Maryland. She was less than a second from earning the eighth and final qualifying spot in Saturday's final.

Freshman Myah Hicks placed 10th in 2:11.08, also posting a season-best. So far this season, Maryland's crew in the 800 have earned four of the top 10 marks all-time indoors.

Hill finished second in the men's high jump at 6-11.75, earning second place and eight team points with fewer misses than Clemson freshman Torian Ware. Kris Kornegay-Gober posted an ACC record 7-3.75 to win the high jump.

Graves cut two seconds off his previous season-best in the men's mile, going 4:06.38 and earning the fastest time in Friday's qualifying heats. The Terrapin sophomore posted the sixth-fastest mark all-time at Maryland in the event and the best since 1988.

Haghighi was in seventh in the 35-pound weight throw through the early rounds, but moved up to a fourth-place finish at 60-3.25, going two feet past his previous career-best. He is only the third Terrapin and the first since 1983 to go past 60 feet in this event.

The Terps placed sixth in the men's distance medley relay, with Sumanth Kuppalli, Mamadou Niang, Craig Morgan and Graves went 9:56.34 for the sixth-best mark all-time and a season-best in the event by 31 seconds.

Zack Ray qualified for Saturday's final in the men's 60-meter hurdles by finishing second in his heat at 8.10 seconds.

Freshman Kikanae Punyua posted the Terps' best mark of the year by 22 seconds in the men's 5,000 at 14:31.31, moving into sixth all-time at Maryland and finishing 10th in Friday's final.

The ACC Indoor Track & Field Championships wrap up on Saturday.

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