Jan. 10, 2000
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland track teams will travel to the University of Delaware for the Delaware Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 15. Both the men's and women's teams will compete in the meet, after splitting up last weekend. The Terps will face strong competition from Delaware, Georgetown, La Salle University, Rider University, the U.S. Naval Academy and the University of Pennsylvania. The meet will be held in Newark, Del., field events will begin at 11 a.m. and indoor events will begin at noon.
This weekend's meet marks the second of four consecutive meets in January for the Terps. Terps' coach Bill Goodman looks to these meets to prepare the teams for their end-of-season goal--to improve at the ACCs, which will be held in February. Until then, Coach Goodman hopes to keep his teams healthy.
"We need to preserve our athletes for the bigger meets down the road," Coach Goodman comments. "We have to keep our eye on the prize at the end of the season. Until then, we will get our teams ready, but we don't want to use them up. I want to make sure no one gets hurt."
Women Take First at Maryland State Meet
The women's track team won first place at the Maryland State Meet last Saturday. The Terps won 12 of 16 events despite competing for the first time since Dec. 4. The Terps opened the meet with first-place finishes in the first five events. Sophomore Ruth Kura (Potomac, Md.) won the weight throw with a toss of 49-9 ľ. Junior Vanessa Jones (Olney, Md.) won the high jump with a jump of 5-9 ľ, which also matched the NCAA provisional qualifying distance of 5-9 ľ for the event. The Terps took the top three spots in the long jump with freshman Punnie Chittchang (Mount Airy, Md.) placing first with a jump of 19-2 ľ, freshman Lynn Harris (Newark, Del.) placing second with a jump of 18-9 Ľ and freshman Heather Houston (Fort Washington, Md.) placing third with a jump of 18-2 Ľ. Chittchang and Harris qualified for the ECACs in the event.
Chittchang also won the triple jump with a distance of 38-5. Freshman Stacey Minott (Greenburg, N.Y.) won the 55 in 7.06, which was an ECAC qualifying time. Minott's time of 25.90 earned her a first-place finish in the 200 as well.
Senior Candyce DeLoatch's (Pittsgrove, N.J.) time of 1:14.77 earned her a first-place finish in the 500, and freshman Tia Burley (Baltimore, Md.) followed with a time of 1:15.57 and a second-place finish. DeLoatch's and Burley's times also qualified them for the ECACs. Sophomore Meghan White (Cockeysville, Md.) won the one-mile with a time of 5:08.39.
The relay teams had strong showings as well, placing first in two of the three events. The 4x400 relay team's time of 3:54.08 put the team in first place, and the distance medley relay team finished first as well with a time of 12:38.70.
Gondak, Bugg and Long Have Strong Showing at Winter Invitational
Sophomore James Gondak (Doylestown, Pa.) captured the 35-pound weight throw title with a mark of 14.81 meters last Saturday to highlight the men's track team's performance at the George Mason University Winter Invitational. Gondak led a 1-3-4 Terrapin finish in the event. Sophomore Andrew Long (Columbia, Md.) took third with a mark of 13.61 meters and freshman John Collins (Clarksburg, Md.) followed with a mark of 13.07, earning him fourth place. Gondak also had a seventh-place showing in the shot put.
Two other Terps recorded fourth-place finishes at the meet, sophomore Dontae Bugg (Newport News, Va.) posted a time of 8.17 in the 60 hurdles and Long posted a mark of 13.21 meters in the shot put.