Terp Track Teams Face Tough Competition, Fare Well

Jan. 25, 2003

LANDOVER, Md. - This Saturday's Maryland Invitational not only marked the Terps' final home meet of the season, but also marked the teams' toughest competition yet. Vying for top spots with highly competitive programs such as West Virginia, Clemson, American and Miami, the Terps indoor track and field athletes came through with many solid finishes.

In the afternoon meet's throws events, two Terps came out with top-five finishes and new personal bests. Junior Labelle Hillgrove bested her previous personal record by a half inch, taking fifth place in the shot put with a throw of 43-8.5. On the men's side, sophomore Beau Fay continued a season of improvement, setting a new personal record in the weight throw for the third meet in a row. He blew away his previous best by more than one foot, throwing the weight a distance of 50-8.25.

Freshman Kierra Foster continued to highlight the jumps area for the women's team, taking home second places in the triple and long jumps. She also finished second in the 60 meter hurdles race, posting a time of 8.62. In the morning meet, freshman Jessica Taibe jumped a 5-1.75 effort to capture third place. Senior Adrian Nelson again led the way for the men's team, taking sixth place in the long jump with a distance of 19-2 in the morning meet.

In the weight throw, senior Aranda Brown was close to winning her event as she took second place with a toss of 54-9.25. Close behind her in fifth was Hillgrove, who threw the weight 47-5.25. Freshman Bria Johnson's 43-2.5 throw of the shot put was good enough to put her in sixth place overall. In addition to Fay's impressive weight throw, he also took home fifth in the shot put with a distance of 43-7.25.

The track events were also very profitable for the Terps. Junior Toni Jefferson raced a 7.54 in the 60 meter dash to place second, as well as achieved another second place in the 200 meter with a time of 24.57. In the morning meet, senior Rashida Twiggs posted a 7.93 to capture second place in the 60 meter dash. With quick closing speed, senior Kim Smith turned in a fifth place finish in the 3,000 meter run with a time of 10:19.43. Less than one second behind her came freshman Allison Carney, in seventh. Freshman Rebecca Funk represented Maryland in the morning competition of the 3,000 meter run, earning third place with a time of 10:43.82. Taking sixth in the mile run was cross country standout Katie Purcell, posting a time of 5:17.09.

In the men's track events, junior Harold Manning came in fourth, completing the 200 meter race in 22.34. In the 400, sophomore Rob Frelow turned in a 49.49 to take second. Sophomore Florent Groberg ran to a fifth place finish in the 3,000 meter run with a time of 8:41.74. In the morning meet, it was freshman Pat McHenry who represented the Terps in that event, taking home fifth place with a time of 9:08.06.

All eyes were on the women's pole vault Saturday night, as senior Natalie Dye attempted a 12-9 jump that would have provisionally qualified her for the NCAA Championships and broken the school record she set last weekend. However, despite three close attempts at that height, Dye settled for a successful 12-6 vault that gave her first place. Freshman Megan Watts competed in the morning's pole vault competion, where her 10-0 vault earned her third place.

The Terps now have two weeks to rest and prepare for their next challenge, the Meyo Invitational, in South Bend, Ind. on Feb. 7-8.