Feb. 25, 2002
ECAC/ IC4A Championships
March 2 and 3, 2002
Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center
Doing A Little East Coast Thing
* Teams from Maine to North Carolina will descend on Boston this weekend for the annual ECAC/ IC4A Track and Field Championships. To be eligible to run in the event, runners and throwers must have met qualifying standards established by the ECAC.
* A total of 16 Terps, six women and 10 men, will compete during the two-day event. Sophomore Harold Manning (Glen Burnie, Md.) leads the way by competing in three events while freshman Rob Frelow (White Plains, N.Y.) is the only other Terp competing in multiple events with two.
Follow The Terps During the Competition
* Live results will be provided at the meet's website www.ecac.com throughout the day.
* To see the order of events for the weekend, go to http://www.ecac.com.resources/championships/womens_sports/ind_track_and_field/Division_I/Order_of_Events.
What Happened At Last Year's Event
* Two All-East indoor performers return from last year's squad in seniors Donate Bugg (Newport News, Va.) and Tracy Ojeniyi (Sewell, N.J.). Bugg finished eighth in the 60-meter hurdles, while Ojeniyi grabbed fifth in the shot put. To qualify for All-East distinction, a competitor must finish in the top eight spots.
* The Terps have four other ECAC/ IC4A returnees from a season ago. On the men's side, Manning, junior John Collins (Clarksburg, Md.) and junior Adrian Nelson (Washington, D.C.) have previously qualified. Nelson has qualified the past two seasons while at Delaware State. For the women, the only other athlete with previous experience is Natalie Dye (Myersville, Md.) who came in tenth in the pole vault.
A Closer Look At The Men
* Manning leads the way for the men, gaining berths in the 60, 200 and 400-meter relay races. He currently leads the team in both the 60 (6.88) and the 200 (21.89). He also places in the top ten in the ACC in both events coming in eight in the 60 and ninth in 200. He was tied with the highest finish at the ACC Championships coming in fourth in the 60.
* The hurdle tandem of Bugg and senior Phillip Barrett (Upper Marlboro, Md.) will look to make their final mark during the final indoor meet of their careers. Barrett, who is currently fifth in the ACC (8.03), is only one second off his career best time. He leads the team in the event and tied Manning with a fourth place finish at the ACC Championships. Bugg, who was slowed by injuries early in the season, rebounded solidly to get his time down to 8.17 during the preliminaries at the ACC Championships.
* Frelow, the highly regarded freshman before the season, has lived up to hype in qualifying for two events - 400 meters and 400-meter relay. He has the fastest time on team (48.23) and is currently ninth in the ACC. He runs the anchor leg on the 4x400-meter relay team. Joining Manning and Frelow on the team will be freshman Ian Moore (Mt. Laurel, N.J.) and Dave Benaderet (Baltimore, Md.).
* The distance medley relay team saved its best for last qualifying during the ACC Championships (10:17.28). The team of freshman Mike Fleg (Clarksville, Md.), freshman Paul Dorsey (Frederick, Md.), sophomore Tom Anderson (Gaithersburg, Md.) and freshman Adam Ambrus (Medford, N.J.) steadily improved during the season and will look to improve on that time.
* In the field events, the men will be represented by Nelson and Collins. Nelson is currently eight in the conference in the long jump (6-9) and leads the team in the event. Collins is eighth in the weight throw.
A Closer Look At The Women
* Ojeniyi returns as the highest women finisher from last season when she reached fifth in the shot put. She has once again had a fine season, currently placing third in the ACC in the event (49-0.25). Her mark has also provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships.
* Dye has cooled off after starting the season at a torrid pace. She re-established her school record in the pole vault soaring to 12-6. She had her third best showing of the year this past weekend at the Virginia Tech Last Chance Invitational vaulting 11-7.75.
* Lost in senior Ruth Kura's (Potomac, Md.) outstanding season has been weight thrower junior Aranda Brown's (Schenectady, N.Y.) steady improvement. She is currently sixth in the conference in the event (56-6) and improved her best output from last season by over five feet.
* Senior Amber Stanley (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.), who competes in several events, qualified in the 60-meter hurdles. She is fifth in the ACC in the event (8.58) after a strong run during the preliminaries at the ACC Championships. She has competed twice in the heptathlon at the outdoor ECAC championships.
* Juniors Punnie Chittchang (Mount Airy, Md.) and Heather Houston (Fort Washington, Md.) form a solid tandem in the long jump. Both have been consistently in the top ten in the ACC throughout the season in the event with Chittchang currently seventh and Houston eighth.
Track contract: Chris Stuchko