May 11, 2003
HARRISONBURG, Va. - The University of Maryland track and field teams concluded their regular-season competition this Sunday at the James Madison Invitational. The meet, held in Harrisonburg, Va., marked a final chance for athletes to qualify for post-season action.
One athlete that took advantage of the last-shot opportunity was junior Harold Manning. The sprinter answered all questions about his health by winning the 200 meter dash with a personal-best time of 21.55, also qualifying for the IC4A Championships.
Also coming up with a top-10 finish for the men's team was senior Adrian Nelson, who finished his collegiate career with a 6-7 jump that gave him third place. The Terps' third top-10 finish was recorded by sophomore Beau Fay in the hammer throw, where he tossed a 151-6.5 to finish third. Fay also finished eighth in the shot put (43-6) and 11th in the discus (125-1).
Several distance runners took on the 3,000 meter run for the first time this season. Sophomore Florent Groberg ran a time of 8:54.82 to place 14th, with teammates Nathaniel Zola and Pat McHenry finishing in 17th and 18th, respectively.
On the women's side, junior Toni Jefferson finished second in the 200 meter dash with a time of 24.20. Her time was just .04 seconds off the winning time and only .20 seconds off the NCAA Regional qualifying mark. Another sprinter performing well was senior Devenn Hamilton, who ran the 400 meter dash in 55.80, taking fourth place.
Both Terp sprinters in the 400 meter hurdles took top-10 finishes, led by a 1:05.44 performance by freshman Amanda Radziminski who took sixth. Senior Dionne Hamilton came in right behind her in seventh, with a time of 1:05.45.
Junior thrower Labelle Hillgrove had several top finishes, her best being a second place in the discus thanks to a throw of 133-9. She also finished 10th in the shot put with a throw of 40-6. Freshman Bria Johnson finished ninth in the shot put, throwing a personal-best distance of 41-6.5. The impressive effort marked the third meet in a row she has set a new personal record in the event.
Fellow freshman thrower Zakiya Shivers tossed the discus a season-best distance of 131-4, finishing third. Senior Aranda Brown garnered another top-10 finish for the team, placing third in the hammer with a distance of 159-9.
Next weekend marks the ECAC/IC4A Championships, which will be held in Princeton, N.J. and will feature some of the East's best track athletes. The meet will conclude the 2003 season for many Terps, while several will make the trip to the May 30-31 NCAA Regional Championships.