Foster Earns NCAA Regional Title

May 26, 2006

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Kierra Foster of the University of Maryland set a meet and school record by winning the women's long jump Friday at the 2006 NCAA East Regional Outdoor Track and Field Championships being hosted by North Carolina A&T.

Foster won the event in 21 feet, 8.25 inches, surpassing the previous school record held by teammate Lynn Hernandez at 21-2.75, set last year. Hernandez also jumped in the competition on Friday and will join Foster in a trip to the NCAA Outdoor Nationals in Sacramento after finishing fifth in 20-9.

Also for Maryland on Friday, sophomore Dominic Berger posted the second-fastest qualifying mark in the men's 110-meter hurdles, earning a berth in Saturday's final.

The top five finishers in each event at the regional earn automatic qualifying spots in the NCAA Outdoor Nationals, to be held June 7-10.

Foster improved her season and career-best by nine inches on Friday. Her winning jump came on her fifth attempt and allowed her to leap past Patty Sylvester of Georgia, who passed her final four attempts after going 21-6.25 on her second jump. Sylvester finished third in the event when Tabia Charles of Miami went 21-7.50 on her sixth and final attempt.

Hernandez had her best mark on her third attempt of the competition. She had the same mark as Miami's Brenda Faluade, but earned the fifth spot on a tie-breaker by having the better second jump of the six.

Foster and Hernandez scored 14 points for the Terrapins in the women's long jump, putting Maryland in a tie for second place in the team standings after three events. Georgia had 15 points early in the competition, with Miami matching the Terrapins with 14.

Berger won the first heat in the men's 110-meter hurdles in 13.68 seconds. His mark was 0.01 seconds off his season-best, set when he won the Terrapin Invitational at home. Berger will be seeded second into Saturday's final in the event, with his time behind only Jason Richardson of South Carolina, who won his heat in 13.43 seconds. The eighth-place mark and final qualifying spot was 13.91 by Hector Cotto of East Carolina.

Bria Johnson went 45-3.50 on her third attempt in the women's shot put, moving up three spots on her final attempt to finish 21st. Freshman Chanel Williams was 16th in qualifying for the women's 400 hurdles in 1:01.63, as she was making her first NCAA appearance for the Terps. Senior Renee Clarke went 55.60 in qualifying for the women's 400, placing 21st.

Beau Fay had his best throw of the men's hammer competition on his second attempt, going 174 feet to place 23rd.

Full results of Friday's first day of the event were not available late in the evening. The regional finishes with competition on Saturday.

WOMEN'S TEAM RESULTS (Through 3 events)
1. Georgia 15; T2. Maryland, Miami 14; T4. UNC Wilmington, North Carolina 10; T6. SUNY-Buffalo, Appalachian State 8 (18 scoring teams).

WOMEN'S INDIVIDUAL RESULTS (First-place and Maryland finishers)
Shot Put Final - 1. Laura Gerraughty, North Carolina, 60-5.75... 21. Bria Johnson, Maryland, 45-3.50.
Long Jump Final - 1. Kierra Foster, Maryland, 21-8.25 (school and meet record); 2. Tabia Charles, Miami, 21-7.50... 5. Lynn Hernandez, Maryland, 20-9.
400 Hurdle Prelims - 1. Erin Crawford, Virginia, 57.26... 16. Chanel Williams, Maryland, 1:01.63.
400 Prelims - 1. Natasha Hastings, South Carolina, 52.60... 21. Renee Clarke, Maryland, 55.60.

MEN'S TEAM RESULTS (Through 3 events)
1. Virginia Tech 33; 2. Florida 12; 3. Manhattan 10; 4. Clemson 9; T5. Pittsburgh, South Carolina 8 (14 scoring teams).

110 Hurdle Prelims - 1. Jason Richardson, South Carolina, 13.43; 2. Dominic Berger, Maryland, 13.68.
Hammer Final - 1. Spyridon Jullien, Virginia Tech, 234-0... 23. Beau Fay, Maryland, 174-0.