April 21, 2007
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - University of Maryland junior Dominic Berger successfully defended his championship in the men's 110-meter hurdles Saturday to highlight Terrapin performances at the 2007 Atlantic Coast Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships hosted by Maryland at the Kehoe Track Complex.
Berger ran 13.54 seconds in the event, posting the fastest time in the NCAA thus far this season. Berger trailed Drew Brunson of Florida State through the eighth of 10 hurdles, but put on a burst of speed to edge Brunson at the final hurdle and through the line. Brunson was second in 13.63 seconds, posting the second-fastest collegiate time in the nation this year.
"It really didn't matter that I was behind," said Berger. "I just kept running my own race and trying to compete. That's what I'm taught to do, so that's what I try to do. I stay in my own and don't worry about anyone else in the race."
The Terrapins hosted an alumni reception during the final day of the ACC Outdoor, which attracted a crowd estimated at nearly 2,500 fans. In a great moment, former world record-holder and Maryland alumnus Renaldo "Skeets" Nehemiah gave the gold medal to Berger at the awards presentation.
"It feels wonderful to bring this title back home so the home fans can see it," said Berger. "I had to make sure I got a win today. I've got to represent, this is our house."
Berger led the Maryland men's team to an eighth-place finish in the team standings with 44 points. Maryland also was eighth at the 2004 ACC Outdoor, but those are the Terps' best finishes since 1999.
The Maryland women scored 30 points and finished 11th overall. Virginia Tech's women won the team title with 144.5 points, followed by Miami at 113 and Florida State with 101. The Seminoles comfortably won the men's team championship with 166.5 points, besting Clemson at 118 and NC State with 99.5.
Sean Lowe also earned All-ACC recognition with his second-place finish in the men's 400 meters. Lowe ran 47.14 in the final, earning eight points for the Terps. Ricardo Chambers of Florida State earned the victory with a burst of speed on the backstretch, finishing in 46.00. Freshman Jeremy Samuels of Maryland finished sixth in 47.99, improving his standing for May's IC4A Outdoor.
Junior Adam Durham finished fourth in the men's 400 hurdles in a career-best 51.48 seconds. He lowered his season-best mark in both preliminaries and finals at the ACC Outdoor, taking advantage of the competition at the home track. Durham's mark moved him into fifth place all-time in the event.
Junior Toni Aluko followed her win Thursday in the women's high jump with a strong performance Saturday in the women's triple jump. She became only the third Terp in school history to pass the 40-foot mark, finishing sixth at 40-11.75. The mark gave her an invitation to the NCAA East Regional coming up in May. Freshman Ashley Carbray also hit a season-best by more than a foot, going 36-10.25.
Jillian Anwah finished eighth in the women's shot put for the Terps in a career-best 47 feet, 7.75 inches. Her mark moved her into third place all-time at Maryland in the event and improved her NCAA regional-qualifying mark. Ashley Williams also had a season-best at 45-3.75, improving her status for the ECAC Outdoor and moving her into sixth all-time.
Chanel Williams earned three points for the Terps in a pair of hurdles finals, placing seventh in the 400 hurdles at 1:02.09 and eighth in the 100-meter hurdles at 14.05.
The Maryland men's 4x100 relay team of Jayson Alexander, Devin Regan, Anthony Walker and Earl Gray had a bobble in the first exchange, but was still able to post a time of 42.34, which qualifies the Terps for the IC4A Outdoor meet in May. The mark is sixth on the all-time list.
Sophomore Josh Davis posted Maryland's best time of the season in the men's 1,500 meters, finishing 10th in 3:53.08. Sal Delhierro of Maryland went 47-4.50 in the men's shot put, adding 16 inches to his previous season-best. Freshman Andrea Rothschild had a season-best mark in the women's 5,000 of 18:38.60. Drew Abernathy had a season-best in the men's 5,000 at 15:28.93.
The Terrapins' women's 4x400 relay team of Christina Smith, Natalie Goodman, Kristina Keegan and Natasha Emmanuel cut 10 seconds off its previous season-best and earned an ECAC-qualifying time of 3:47.30.
Maryland's men's 4x400 relay team ran 3:10.39, the best time of the year by five seconds and just off an NCAA regional-qualifying standard of 3:10. Anthony Walker, Jeremy Samuels, Kyle Rauser and Sean Lowe finished second for the Terrapins after winning their heat. It was the third-fastest time in school history in that event.
There were 18 Kehoe Track Complex records set on Saturday alone.
Maryland will appear next weekend at the Penn Relays, held at Franklin Field in Philadelphia.
WOMEN'S TEAM SCORES
1. Virginia Tech 144.5; 2. Miami 113; 3. Florida State 101; 4. Georgia Tech 82; 5. North Carolina 77; 6. Virginia 69; 7. Wake Forest 54; 8. Clemson 47.5; 9. Duke 45; 10. NC State 38; 11. Maryland 30; 12. Boston College 18.
WOMEN'S INDIVIDUAL RESULTS (First-place and Maryland finishers)
All Events Final
MEN'S TEAM SCORES,br> 1. Florida State 166.5; 2. Clemson 118; 3. NC State 99.5; 4. Virginia 81; 5. North Carolina 77; 6. Georgia Tech 71; 7. Virginia Tech 57; 8. Maryland 44; 9. Wake Forest 35; 10. Miami 30; 11. Duke 29; 12. Boston College 4.
MEN'S INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
All Events Final
KEHOE TRACK COMPLEX RECORDS - SATURDAY
* Men's Triple Jump - James Lemons, Georgia Tech, 52-4.
* Women's Shot Put - Brittany Prior, Virginia Tech, 55-0.
* Women's 4x100 Relay - Georgia Tech, 44.33.
* Men's 4x100 Relay - Florida State, 38.78.
* Women's 1,500 Meters - Brianna Felnagle, North Carolina, 4:22.88.
* Women's Triple Jump - Patricia Mamona, Clemson, 42-1.25.
* Women's 100 Meters - Patrice Potts, Virginia Tech, 11.40.
* Women's 800 Meters - Brianna Felnagle, North Carolina, 2:04.93.
* Women's 400 Hurdles - Sherlenia Green, Virginia Tech, 56.66.
* Men's 800 Meters - Tim Harris, Miami, 1:49.29.
* Men's Shot Put - Mitchell Pope, NC State, 62-10.
* Men's 200 Meters - Walter Dix, Florida State, 20.19.
* Women's 5,000 Meters - Michelle Sikes, Wake Forest, 16:17.12.
* Men's 5,000 Meters - Jan Foerster, Virginia, 14:07.16.
* Women's 4x400 Relay - 1. Florida State, 3:32.11.
* Men's 4x400 Relay - 1. Clemson, 3:09.89.