March 25, 2012
ORLANDO, Fla. - Freshman Amber Melville won the women's high jump Saturday, making the most of her first collegiate outdoor meet and posting one of three victories by University of Maryland student-athletes at the UCF Invitational.
Senior Ashley Cromartie went 11:03.99 on Friday to capture the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase, while senior Jon Hill showed he's back from an injury by winning the men's high jump Saturday at 6-11.75.
Melville went 5-8 to win the women's high jump, edging teammate Thea LaFond who also cleared 5-8. Both marks are tied for seventh all-time at Maryland. Amina Smith was fifth (5-6), Lucile Cancre was seventh (5-6) and Kiani Profit was ninth (5-4.25) as the Terrapins dominated the event.
Profit, a three-time All-American, had a strong meet in her first outdoor meet in two seasons. She missed all of last year's outdoor season due to a hamstring injury, but came back to place ninth in the javelin, with a throw of 127-0 that added nearly three feet to her previous career-best. Profit also had an eighth-place finish in the 800 that improved her mark in the event that was already 10th on Maryland's all-time list outdoors.
Jessie Echard added 17 inches to her previous career-best to finish second in the women's hammer, going 184-4. Teammate Moriah Young finished sixth at 177-1, but had a strong season-debut in the shot put, with her sixth-place mark of 49-4.25 going 13 inches better than her career-best and improving her third-place mark all-time at Maryland.
LaFond went 39-8 to move into fifth all-time at Maryland in the triple jump. Maryland was also strong in the women's 1,500, as Myah Hicks (4:35.97) was second, Julie Fricke (4:39.36) was seventh and Maryam Fikri (4:44.00) all made the top 10.
On the men's side, Zach Ray also proved his return from injury is complete with an outstanding meet. He was second in both the 110 hurdles (14.36) and 400 hurdles (53.03), and placed fourth in the long jump at 23-8.25.
Freshman Pat Cole finished seventh in the discus at 152-8, posting the best mark at Maryland in that event in two seasons.
Maryland also got a strong performance from Kyle Graves in the men's 800, with his 1:53.21 being better than any mark by a Terrapin last season.
Also Saturday, Alex Willett finished eighth in the men's 1,500 at the Navy Quad meet, running 4:06.13. He also had a 12th-place finish in the 800 at 2:04.80.
The Terrapins play host to the Maryland Invitational next Saturday at the Kehoe Track Complex.