March 19, 2003
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -
The Terps outdoor track and field teams will kick off their 2003 campaign this weekend at the Alabama Relays and the VCU Ram Invitational. This season, the teams are looking to overcome injuries and youth in order to move up to the top half of the ACC and qualify for regionals. Key changes in events from the indoor season should bring several more experienced athletes into the spotlight, creating a bright outlook for the meets ahead.
All About The Alabama Relays
The meet is hosted by the University of Alabama and will take place March 20-23 in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The site of competition is the Sam Bailey Track and Field Complex.
Competition begins Thursday with the heptathlon and decathlon and concludes Sunday with the relay events.
The men's team will be represented by sophomore Rob Frelow in the 400 meter dash. His career-best time in that event is 46.98, set at last season's ACC Outdoor Championships.
For the women, senior Aranda Brown and junior Labelle Hillgrove will compete in the throws events. Both will compete in the hammer throw and Hillgrove will throw the shot put and discus as well.
Senior Natalie Dye will compete in the pole vault, trying to raise her outdoor school record of 11-11.75, after clearing a record height of 12-9.5 in the indoor season. Freshman Kierra Foster, fresh off a record-setting indoor season in the 60 meter hurdles, will take on the 100 meter hurdles and the long and triple jumps.
Junior Heather Houston will join Foster in the long jump, and senior Dionne Hamilton will compete in the 400 meter hurdles. The Terps have two heptathlon competitors in junior Diana Prestileo and senior Rashida Twiggs.
Live Results from the meet will be available at the Alabama Relays web site.
Ready For The Ram Invitational
Virginia Commonwealth University hosts the Ram Invitational this Friday and Saturday, March 21-22. The meet will be held in Richmond, Va., at Sports Backers Stadium.
Competition begins Friday with the women's 10,000 meter race at 5:30 p.m. The first day's action ends with the men's 5,000 meter race at 9:15 p.m.
Saturday's competition starts at 9 a.m. with the women's discus and men's shot put and will conclude at 5:45 p.m. with the men's 4x400 meter relay.
Meet results will be available on the men's and women's track pages at the VCU Rams web site.