Track Teams to Compete at Home for First Time this Year

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March 29, 1999

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - For the first time all year, the University of Maryland's track teams will get a chance to showcase their ability in front of a home crowd at the Maryland Invitational this Saturday, April 3. The teams will compete at James Kehoe Track and Field Facility twice in the next two weeks, first at the Maryland Invitational this weekend and then at the Terrapin Invitational on April 10. The two home meets will give the Terps a chance to tune up for the ACC Championships, which takes place the week following the Terrapin Invitational. The teams will not have to endure the rigors of traveling in the weeks leading up to the ACC's, which should translate into a more rested Maryland squad come April 16.

Junior sprinter Candyce DeLoatch, who captured indoor All-America honors earlier this month in the 400 meters, Saturday won the outdoor 400 crown in day three of the Alabama Relays. DeLoatch clocked a school-record time of 53.76, bettering her own Maryland standard of 53.87 set last season. She also finished eighth in the 200 meters, with a personal record of 24.61.

The University of Maryland was one of 49 teams that took part in the Alabama Relays last weekend in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The women were led by Candyce Deloatch and Dessalyn Jolley. Jolley recorded an eighth-place finish in the heptathlon Friday at the competiton, which is being held at the Sam Bailey Track Stadium on the University of Alabama campus. Jolley totaled 4,466 points, shy of her personal best of 4,528 set at last year's ACC Championships. Jolley also finished fifth in the 400 hurdles with a time of 1:00.73, just short of her personal record of 1:00.55 set last week at the Hurricane Invitational in Miami. Also on Friday, senior Aimee Phillippi recorded an eighth-place finish in the 10,000, clocking a time of 38:27.01. Also faring well for the Terps was Heather Atkinson, who placed third in the hammer throw on Saturday, posting a mark of 160-11. The women's 4x100 hurdles relay team was impressive as it took third place in 59.07. The women's 4x100 relay team also performed well as it placed sixth with a time of 45.58. In addition, the women's 1,600 sprint medley relay team placed fifth with a time of 3:58.36.

Cedric Rogers of the men's team placed 10th in the long jump with a mark of 23-11 3/4. In addition, freshman James Gondak finished eighth in the hammer throw with a mark of 152-6. The men's 1,600 sprint medley relay team fared well in taking 13th place with a time of 3:32.92. Also performing solidly was the men's 4x200 relay that took 14th in 1:27.41.

Freshman standout Ruth Kura (North Potomac, Md.) was named to the 1999 All-ACC team for indoor track. Kura, who owns the school record in the weight throw, was the only Terp named to the team. She had six top-five finishes in the event this season, capped off by her first-place finish at the ACC Championships.

The women's track team closed out the indoor season in 13th place of the National Dual Meet Power Rankings which are compiled by Idaho State University. The team ranked as high as fifth earlier in the season and it has hovered around the top 10 throughout the year. The men's team, which placed as high as 29th earlier in the season, finished in 51st place.

Maryland men's and women's indoor track and field teams return to action this Saturday whparticipate in the Father Diamond Memorial Invitational at George Mason University. Twelfth-year head coach Bill Goodman anticipates taking a contingent of 25-30 women and approximately 20-25 men to this weekend's invitational at Fairfax, Va. The meet is scheduled to begin at noon at the Recreation Sports Complex on the campus of George Mason University. The Terps


Women (since 1989)
1989    Jennifer Van Horn
1991    Jennifer Van Horn
        Marchelle Payne
1992    Marchele Payne
1993    Marchelle Payne
1995    Simone Farrar
1997    Heather Atkinson
1998    Heather Atkinson

Men (since 1989) 1989 Steve Yates John Finney 1990 Steve Yates 1993 Kelvin McQueen 1995 Brian Montgomery (twice) 1996 Brian Montgomery