Track Teams Head to Father Diamond Invitational

Maryland Athletics
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January 4, 1999

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Following a five-week break from competition, the University of Maryland men's and women's indoor track and field teams return to action this Saturday when they participate 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 opened their season the weekend of Dec. 4-5 when they participated in the Navy and Bucknell invitationals, but have not competed since because of final exams and the holiday break.

As of Jan. 4, University of Maryland is one of 17 teams scheduled to participate in Saturday's Father Diamond Memorial Invitational. The Terps will be joined by a pair of Atlantic Coast Conference teams -- Virginia and Duke -- as well as host George Mason, Penn State, Syracuse, Georgetown, Villanova, William & Mary, Virginia Commonwealth, Florida International, North Carolina A&T, Norfolk State, Coppin State and LaSalle.

Maryland had five women and two men achieve individual-event ECAC and IC4A qualifying marks, respectively, on the opening weekend of the indoor track season last month. For the women, those reaching ECAC qualifying standards included long jumper Melody Vaughn (19-3 1/4), triple jumper Nikki Webster (39-7), pole vaulter Jaime Dorshimer (10-0), 55-meter hurdler Thema Napier (8.00) and 55-meter sprinter Stacy Minott (6.9). In addition, the Terps' 4x400 meter relay team of Thema Napier, Melody Vaughn, Nikki Webster and Candyce DeLoatch qualified for the ECAC's with a time of 3:53.00. Individual men's IC4A qualifiers included high hurdlers Dontae Bugg (7.3) and Asa Heath (7.4). The men's 4x400 meter relay team of Trevor Graves, Justin James, Richard Mahy and Jason Joubert also qualified, posting a time of 3:21.4. The ECAC Championships are slated for Feb. 27-28 in Boston. The IC4A Championships, also to be held in Boston, will take place March 6-7. The NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships are slated for March 5-6 in Indianapolis.

"We got off to a good start with our performance in early December, but my concern now is how we respond coming off the Christmas holiday break. We'll be working very hard these first few weeks in January to get everyone in proper shape as we look ahead to the ACC meet. The Father Diamond Invitational provides us an opportunity to participate in a quality meet in our effort to get back in proper shape. If the athletes were able to maintain their fitness levels, it's certainly possible someone could hit an ECAC or IC4A qualifying mark."

ECAC Qualifiers
Cathy Porter
Heather Atkinson
Melody Vaughn
Nikki Webster
Jaime Dorshimer
Thema Napier
Stacy Minott
Women's 4x400 relay

IC4A Qualifiers
Asa Heath
Dontae Bugg
Men's 4x400 relay