Smith Leads in Heptathlon After Four of Seven Events Completed

April 17, 2008

Atlanta, Ga. - Maryland senior Christina Smith is in first place after four of seven events in the women's heptathlon during the first day of competition at the ACC Outdoor Championships hosted by Georgia Tech University.

The senior placed first in the shot put and 200 meters to earn 3,372 points. Tomorrow, she will compete in the long jump, javelin and 800 meter as she tries to secure an ACC Championship.

Teammates Kiani Profit and Katie Rogus rank eighth and ninth respectively in the event after today's competition.

In the 10,000 meters, Meghan Braffet placed third with a career-best time of 35:04.47, which qualified her for the ECAC Championships. The time also ranks Braffet second on the Maryland all time list.

In the hammer throw, Aysha Gregory finished seventh with a mark of 172-08. In the same event, teammates Kristen Batts finished 12th with a throw of 155-04 and Katelyn Poss placed 14th with a mark of 154-02.

On the men's side, Sal Delhierro finished fifth in the hammer with a career-best mark of 182-05, which ties him for fourth on the Maryland all time list. The junior has already qualified for the IC4A Championships in the event.

In the 10,000 meters, Richie Booth finished 12th with a time of 32:03.25.

After four events, the Maryland women rank seventh with eight total points, while the men are eighth with four points after three events.

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