Track Teams Set to Open Season At Bucknell Invitational

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Dec. 1, 1999

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland's track teams will open the season this Saturday at the Bucknell Invitational in Lewisburg, Pa. The teams will be looking to set the tone for the indoor season, which does not conclude until the second week in March. The meet will be followed by a layoff of over a month until Jan. 8 when the Terps will split up and travel to George Mason University and the Naval Academy, respectively.

Both teams will be looking to improve on last season's ACC finish, and both will attempt to do so with the help of a talented group of newcomers to complement a returning core of proven performers.

Meet Facts

Bucknell Invitational
Date: Dec. 4, 1999
Site: Lewisburg, Pa.
Host: Bucknell University

DeLoatch, Minott, Porter Lead Women's Team
Candyce DeLoatch continued her dominance in the 400 meters, as she broke the school record and provisionally qualified for NCAA competition at the James Madison Last Chance Invitational last weekend.

DeLoatch's time of 53.23 was good for second place and was more than a half-second faster than her previous record-setting performance in the 400. She has reestablished the Maryland standard in the 400 this year, breaking both the indoor and outdoor records several times. DeLoatch now joins Cathy Porter as the only Terps to have qualified provisionally for the NCAA Championships to be held in Boise, Idaho.

Also faring well for the women were junior Stacey Minott (Greenburg, N.Y.) and senior Nikki Webster (Richmond, Va.). Minott placed third in the 100 with a time of 11.96, and Webster took second in the triple jump with a leap of 38-11. Freshman Thema Napier (Columbia, Md.) finished fifth in the 400 hurdles with a time of 1:00.30. In addition, senior Melody Vaughn (Houston, Texas) placed sixth in the long jump with a season-best distance of 18-11.

A pair of hurdlers, junior Jason Joubert (Rockville, Md.) and freshman Dontae Bugg (Newport News, Va.) led the men. Joubert finished third in the 400 hurdles with a mark of 52.41, and Bugg placed fourth in the 110 hurdles with a career-best time of 14.64. In addition, sophomore Cedrick Rogers (Fort Wayne, Ind.) finished fifth in the long jump with a leap of 24-1. Also faring well was senior Matt Green (Etna, N.H.), who placed sixth in the 3,000 steeplechase with a time of 9:35.68.

Returning NCAA Qualifiers

Candyce DeLoatch (400)
Cathy Porter (hammer)
Thema Napier (400 hurdles)

Returning ECAC Qualifiers

Candyce DeLoatch (200, 400)
Vanessa Jones (high jump)
Ruth Kura (Discus)
Stacey Minott (100)
Thema Napier (400 hurdles)
Cathy Porter (hammer)
4x100 relay, 4x400 relay

Returning IC4A Qualifers

Dontae Bugg (110 hurdles)
John Carr (100)
Jason Joubert (400 hurdles)
Cedrick Rogers (LJ)
4x100 relay, 4x400 relay

Returning All-ACC Performers

Candyce DeLoatch (400)
Vanessa Jones (high jump)
Ruth Kura (weight throw)
Cathy Porter (hammer)