Feb. 2, 2002
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - For the second consecutive week senior Ruth Kura (Potomac, Md.) broke her own school record in the weight throw on her way to a victory at Saturday's Meyo Invitational held on the campus of the University of Notre Dame.
Kura's toss of 64-7.75 was enough to automatically qualify her for the NCAA Indoor Championships to be held March 8 and 9 in Fayetteville, Ark. She won the event by outdistancing her closest competitor by over 12 inches. Just last weekend Kura had broken her own record by throwing 63-1.50 at Blue Heaven Rumble in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Also victorious was senior Tracy Ojeniyi (Sewell, N.J.) who took the shot put with a throw of 47-11.25.
Joining Ojeniyi and junior Natalie Dye (Myersville, Md.) as NCAA provisional qualifiers was the women's 4x400-meter relay team, who came in second place with a time of 3:40.39. The mark, that was adjusted because the race distance was originally measure in yards, not meters, broke the old school record in the event that has stood since 2000.
Junior Punnie Chittchang (Mount Airy, Md.) had another strong performance by pulling double duty in taking second in both the long jump and triple jump. Her mark of 37-6.25 in the triple jump gave her a new season high. Senior Amber Stanley (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) also jumped well placing third in the long jump.
Other strong performances for the women were put in by sophomore Toni Jefferson (Baltimore, Md.) who came in second in the 60 meters and senior Thema Napier (Columbia, Md.) who placed fourth in the 60-meter hurdles.
On the men's side, senior Phillip Barrett (Upper Marlboro, Md.) posted his second fastest time of his career in the 60-meter hurdles finishing third with a time of 8.03, just missing his best by .01.
The men's 4x400-meter relay team showed great improvement shaving six seconds off their season best time to come in third place with a time of 3:15.04.
The team will once again be in action this upcoming Friday and Saturday when they travel to New York for a meet at the New York Armory.
Track Contact: Chris Stuchko