April 6, 2002
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - On a day when the temperature felt like they didn't hit the double digits, two was the magic number for the Terps as the men and women took first-place finishes at Saturday's Maryland Invitational.
Strong winds, clouds and a low temperature weren't the ideal conditions for running and throwing, but four Terps claimed two individual wins a piece to pace the team's performance.
Sophomore Toni Jefferson (Baltimore, Md.) continued her solid string of performances by taking both the 100 meters (11.70) and 200 meters (24.55), and did her part to help the Terp women outdistance their closest competitor Navy 183.50 to 142.
Not to be outdone, senior Thema Napier (Columbia, Md.) upheld her claim as the school's most decorated hurdler by sweeping the 100-meter hurdles (13.83) and the 400 intermediate hurdles (1:01.59). In both races, she had another Terp close on her heels with senior Amber Stanley (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) challenging in the 100 hurdles placing second (13.94) while junior Tia Burley (Baltimore, Md.) finished second in the 400 hurdles (1:02.95).
In the field, senior Ruth Kura (Potomac, Md.) claimed her first two victories of the outdoor season. The indoor All-American took the discus (134-11) and the hammer (167-3) by comfortable margins.
The women also had three second place finishers in the field events: junior Natalie Dye (Myersville, Md.) in the pole vault, junior Heather Houston (Fort Washington, Md.) in the long jump and Tracy Ojeniyi (Sewell, N.J.) in the shot put.
On the men's side, sophomore Harold Manning (Glen Burnie, Md.) pulled double duty on day the taking first-place in both the 100 meters (10.88) and 200 meters (22.36) to lead the men to a 159-125.5 victory over Delaware.
Freshman Rob Frelow (White Plains, N.Y.) had a strong day as well, taking two second place finishes in the 200 (22.49) and 400 (48.56).
Also faring well for the men was the senior hurdle duo of Phillip Barrett (Upper Marlboro, Md.) and Dontae Bugg (Newport News, Va.) who claimed second (14.36) and (14.77) in the 110-meter hurdles respectively.
Junior John Collins (Clarksburg, Md.) had the strongest performance in the field for the men coming in second in the hammer toss (167-3).
The Terps will be in action this weekend as they travel to Knoxville, Tenn., to compete in the Sea Ray Invitational.
Track Contact: Chris Stuchko