Berger Wins U.S. Junior Title

June 24, 2005

CARSON, Calif. - Dominic Berger, a sophomore-to-be at the University of Maryland, won the USA Junior Championship in the men's 110-meter hurdles Thursday at the national championships being hosted at the Home Depot Center.

Berger ran a personal-best time of 13.87 seconds into a headwind to defeat a stellar field. Tyrone Akins of Auburn was second at 14.09, with Andrew Brunson of Tennessee in third at 14.20.

"This is a great accomplishment," said Maryland head coach Andrew Valmon. "We're all very proud of him. We also appreciate the time and effort put in by (volunteer assistant coach) Frank Costello, who spent some time this summer getting Dominic ready for this meet."

With the victory, Berger earned a spot on the U.S. team that will compete at the 2005 Pan American Junior Championships, July 28-31, in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

Berger's mark was his first time under 14 seconds in his specialty. He ran a season-best 14.03 for the Terps at the IC4A Championships in May. The time of 13.87 was the sixth-best in school history on an impressive list topped by former world-record holder Renaldo Nehemiah, who competed for the Terrapins in the late 1970s during Costello's reign as head coach.

Two other Maryland athletes are competing at the USA Junior Nationals. Rising sophomores Sean Lowe will compete in the 400-meter dash, while Toni Aluko is in the field for the women's high jump.

The USA Junior Nationals are being held concurrently with the USA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships.