April 9, 2003
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -
Following highly successful campaigns at the Maryland Invitational, the track and field teams are back on the road this Saturday as they travel to Coral Gables, Fla., to compete in the Miami Gatorade Classic. The meet will serve as the teams' final tune-up before the April 18-19 ACC Outdoor Championships in Raleigh, N.C.
More About The Meet
The 17th Annual Miami Gatorade Track and Field Classic will be held Saturday, April 12, in Coral Gables, Fla. The meet is hosted by the University of Miami.
Field events begin at noon with the women's javelin and the men's hammer throw, and will conclude with the triple jump at approximately 7:15 p.m.
Track events begin at 5:15 p.m. with the women's 3,000 meter steeplechase and are slated to conclude with the women's 5,000 meter run at 10:15 p.m.
As the Terps are not entering in the team competition, athletes will compete to reach NCAA Regional and ECAC/IC4A Championships qualifying marks.
No Place Like Home
Last weekend the Terps hosted the Maryland Invitational, their only home meet of the season. The women's team was victorious over the 13-team field and the men's team took second place, finishing just behind Howard.
The women were led by freshman Kierra Foster, who took second in the long and triple jumps and third in the 100 meter hurdles.
First-place finishes were recorded by senior Natalie Dye in the pole vault (12-0), junior Teyarnte' Carter in the 100 meter dash (12.52) and junior Toni Jefferson in the 200 meter dash (24.63). Also winning their events were senior Aranda Brown in the hammer toss (157-5), junior Labelle Hillgrove in the shot put (41-6.5) and senior Kim Smith in the 5,000 meter run (18:09.84).
On the men's side, sophomore Rob Frelow turned in a personal best time of 22.08 in the 200 meter dash, finishing seventh overall. He also took second in the 400 meter dash with a time of 48.17.
Other top finishes included sophomore Florent Groberg taking second in the 5,000 meter run (15:17.10), junior Mike Prada finishing third in the 1,500 meter run (3:59.47) and sophomore Beau Fay placing second in the hammer (144-1.5) and third in the discus (191-11).
Several Terp women have already qualified for the NCAA Regionals and ECAC Championships. Thanks to their performances at the Maryland Invitational, the list includes Jefferson in the 200 meter dash and senior Devenn Hamilton in the 400 meter dash.
Three athletes posted qualifying times at the Alabama Relays, including Foster and junior Heather Houston in the long jump, and Dye in the pole vault. The 12-6 vault by Dye and the 20-8 long jump by Foster were new school records in those events.
The 4x100 meter relay squad has also qualified for post-season action, thanks to a 47.16 performance by Jefferson, Foster, and Carter with freshman Tiffany Johnson.