Terps' Split Teams Earn Wins

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Jan. 29, 2012

Senior Ashley Hendrix, junior Moriah Young and freshman Thea LaFond each won individual events for the Maryland women's track and field teams at the Saturday Night at the Armory II meet held at the N.Y. Armory.

The Maryland men competed earlier in the day at the Wesley Brown Invitational, hosted by the Naval Academy, with sophomore Josh Haghighi earning a victory.

LaFond led a group of Terrapins that claimed four of the top seven places in the women's high jump. She won at 5 feet, 8.25 inches, edging teammate Amina Smith who cleared the same mark but had more misses. Lucile Cancre was sixth at 5-5.25 and Amber Melville was seventh at 5-3.75.

Young won the 20-pound weight throw at 59-5.75, picking up her second win of the year. She also won that event at the Nittany Lion Challenge at Penn State. Jessie Echard went nearly two feet past her career-best to finish third at 57-2. The mark moved her into seventh all-time at Maryland.

Hendrix went a season-best 18-11.25 to win the long jump, while LaFond was third in 18-10.50 (moving into 10th all-time). LaFond, a Terrapin freshman, also placed second in the triple jump at 40-3.25, her third 40-plus mark of her first season as a collegian.

Young went a career-best 47-1 to finish fourth in the shot put and tie for sixth on the Terps' all-time list.

Freshman Myah Hicks went 1:14.27 to finish second in the 500 meters to earn an ECAC-qualifying mark and earn third-place all-time for Maryland in the event. Julie Sinkovitz ran 1:17.12 to move into ninth all-time.

Senior Ashley Cromartie was third in the women's mile in 4:55.25, posting the best mark of the season by a Terrapin in that event and getting an ECAC mark. The mark was 10th all-time at Maryland.

Julie Fricke, coming off an all-region effort in cross country last fall, moved into ninth all-time at Maryland in the 3,000 with an ECAC-qualifying mark of 9:57.92 that was sixth no Saturday.

Two Maryland relay teams earned ECAC marks on Saturday, with the 4x400 group of Arielle Statham, Nicole Banker, Shade Pratt and Ayanna Fields going 3:52.35 to place fifth, and the 4x800 quartet of Ashley Cromartie, Taylor Bumpas, Julie Sinkovitz and Myah Hicks going 9:04.15 to finish second and move into second on Maryland's all-time list.

In Annapolis, sophomore Josh Haghighi posted a first-place finish for the Maryland men by winning the shot put. Haghighi went a season-best 50-8.75 to beat Michigan's Justin Gaumer by nearly five inches. He added 18 inches to his previous season best.

Earlier, he earned a second-place finish in the 35-pound weight throw, getting a career-best at 58-2. The mark gave him an invitation to the IC4A Indoor in February and improved his eighth-place mark on the Terps' all-time list.

Seniors Zack Ray and Floyd Hawkes each had strong days for the Terrapins, picking up a pair of second-place finishes.

Hawkes was second at 60 meters (7.08 in prelims) and at 200 meters (IC4A-qualifying and career-best 21.89 that moved him into a tie for fourth all-time at Maryland.

Ray continued his recovery from missing all of last year by placing second in the 60-meter hurdles and tying his career-best of 8.05, then placing second in the long jump at 23-0.50. Chris Parker was fourth in a career-best 60 hurdles at 8.22 to get an IC4A mark and move into 8th all-time at Maryland indoors.

Kyle Graves picked up an IC4A-qualifying mark in the 3,000, going 8:25.62 to finish ninth in a fast field. Both he and freshman Kikanae Punyua (12th, 8:34.60) posted some of the best marks of the year for the Terps in that event, with Graves moving into the 10th spot all-time at Maryland.

Brian Faherty (14:53.29) and Nick Regan (14:54.52) and Tyler Stump (14:54.56) each moved onto Maryland's top-10 list with performances in the 5,000, with those three Terps now occupying the eighth, ninth and 10th spots.

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