Kura Sets New School Record to Help Pace Track Team

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Jan. 28, 2002

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - A new school record, strong field performances and solid efforts in the sprints helped to pace the Terps at the Blue Heaven Track and Field Rumble held at Taylor Track in Smith Field House.

The highlight of the two-day event came on Friday as senior Ruth Kura (Potomac, Md.) broke her own school record in the weight throw placing second in the event. Her toss of 63-1 ˝ bested her previous career best effort of 61-10 ˝, which she accomplished at the Penn State Invitational last season.

Also placing well in the weight throw was junior Aranda Brown (Schenectady, N.Y.) who placed eighth with a new season best throw of 56-6.

Senior Tracy Ojeniyi (Sewell, N.J.) also had a solid showing by placing third in the shot put with a throw of 49-0 Ľ.

The long jump tandem of juniors Punnie Chittchang (Mount Airy, Md.) and Heather Houston (Fort Washington, Md.) gave the Terps two jumpers in the top five. Chittchang placed third with a jump of 19-3 ˝ edging out Houston who fell just short finishing fifth at 19-2 ľ.

Sophomore Toni Jefferson (Baltimore, Md.) led the charge on the track on her way to two third place finishes with a time of 7.53 in 60 meters and 24.40 in the 200 meters. Junior Tia Burley (Baltimore, Md.) also netted a third place finish in the 400 meters with a time of 55.72.

Rounding out the top finishes for the women was senior Amber Stanley (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) was placed fifth in the 60-meter hurdles.

Sophomore Harold Manning (Glen Burnie, Md.) paced the men with their only top-ten finish coming in third in the 200 meters with a time of 21.89. Junior John Collins (Clarksburg, Md.) gave the Terps their second highest finish in the weight throw with a toss of 54-1.

The rest of team will be in action tomorrow at the first Potomac Valley Series Meet to be held at the Prince George's Complex in Landover, Md.

Track contact: Chris Stuchko
Phone: 301-314-1483
Fax: 301-314-9094