April 2, 2003
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -
After scoring multiple individual victories and two new school records at their first meet of the season two weeks ago, the track and field teams are looking for continued success at this weekend's Maryland Invitational. The Terps will rely on the home-team crowd and familiar territory to aid them in defending their first-place finishes at last year's invitational.
More On The Maryland Invitational:
The 2003 Maryland Invitational will be held on Saturday, April 5, at the Kehoe Track Facility in College Park, Md. The meet is a team competition, and the top eight places in an event will score.
Teams competing in the meet include: Maryland, American, Bowie State, Colgate (w), Coppin State (w), Essex CC, George Washington, Howard, Howard CC, Johns Hopkins, Lehman College, Long Island University, Montgomery College, Montclair State, UMBC and Virginia Union.
The meet will begin at 11 a.m. with multiple field events and will conclude at 6 p.m. with the men's 4x400 meter relay. Times are subject to change.
Complete results will be available on the Maryland Athletics home page following the conclusion of competition.
A Look Back At Last Year's Invitational:
Even the wind and cold were no match for the Terrapins at last year's Maryland Invitational, as both the men's and women's teams claimed victory in the team competition.
Several women claimed individual titles. Toni Jefferson took first places in the 100 and 200 meter dashes, and Thema Napier swept the 100 and 400 meter hurdles. All-American Ruth Kura claimed victories in the discus and the hammer by comfortable margins.
The Terp women also scored several second-place finishes, by way of Amber Stanley in the 100 hurdles, Tia Burley in the 400 hurdles, Natalie Dye in the pole vault, Heather Houston in the long jump and Tracy Ojeniyi in the shot put.
On the men's side, Harold Manning led the way, winning the 100 and 200 meter dashes. Rob Frelow had a strong day as well, taking home two second-place finishes in the 200 and 400 meter dashes. Phillip Barrett and Dontae Bugg took top-five finishes in the 110 meter hurdles and thrower John Collins grabbed second in the hammer toss.
Terps Off To A Great Start
The Maryland outdoor track teams began their seasons two weeks ago by sending athletes to the Alabama Relays and the VCU Ram Invitational.
At the Alabama Relays, senior Natalie Dye and freshman Kierra Foster rewrote school records and qualified for NCAA Regionals in their events. Dye earned the honor with a 12-6 pole vault and Foster did it by leaping to a 20-8 long jump. Foster also finished fifth in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 14.13.
Other top performances for the women in Alabama included fourth-place finishes set by senior Aranda Brown in the hammer with a toss of 154-9, and junior Heather Houston in the long jump with a distance of 19-2.75. For the men, sophomore Rob Frelow took sixth in the 400 meter dash with a time of 48.26.
Meanwhile, at the VCU Ram Invitational, senior Devenn Hamilton earned a victory in the 400-meter dash with a time of 55.73. Other winners for the women included Cori Koch in the 10,000 meter run (37:21.83), Amanda Radziminski in the 400-meter hurdles (1:03.77) and Punnie Chittchang in the long jump (18-11.75). On the men's side, junior Harold Manning was victorious in the 400-meter dash with a time of 48.58.
Other top finishes for the women in Virginia were second places taken by Hamilton in the 200 meter dash (25.72), Tiffany Johnson in the long jump (18-9.25) and Allison Carney in the 800 meter dash (2:18.57) and 1500 meter run (4:40.71). For the men, Doug Allen took second in the 5000 meter run, finishing in 15:01.05.
Following the Maryland Invitational, the teams are back in action April 12 as they travel to the Miami Gatorade Invitational in Miami, Fla.