Jan. 12, 2002
NEWARK, Del. - Eight individual victories for the women and six for the men helped propel both the women's and men's teams to meet wins at the Delaware Invitational held Saturday at the Delaware Fieldhouse.
Senior Thema Napier (Columbia, Md.) and freshman Rob Frelow (White Plains, N.Y.) paced the teams' strong showings by each claiming two events. Napier showed her versatility by winning the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.89 while also taking the win in the 800 meters. Frelow, a highly touted prospect before the season, claimed his first victories on the college level by sweeping the 200 and 400-meter dashes.
Other individual winners for the women, who outdistanced second place Duke by 53 points, were juniors Dionne Hamilton (Hampton, Va.) in the 400 meters, Devenn Hamilton (Hampton, Va.) in the 500 meters and Punnie Chittchang (Mount Airy, Md.) in the long jump. Seniors Amber Stanley (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) in the high jump, Tracy Ojeniyi (Sewell, N.J.) in the shot put, and Ruth Kura (Potomac, Md.) in the weight throw also garnered first place spots.
Ojeniyi's victory in the shot put with a toss of 49-0 Ľ, qualified her provisionally for the NCAA Championships to be held in March.
Following up on her ACC Indoor Track and Field Athlete of the Week recognition, Kura established a new season high in the weight throw at 61-5. She also came in with a second place finish in the shot put throwing 40-11 ˝.
Junior Aranda Brown (Schenectady, N.Y.) was the only other Terp woman who qualified for a post-season meet, becoming ECAC eligible in the weight throw with a toss of 53-7.
Assisting Frelow on the men's victory, by three points over Duke, with wins were sophomore Derrick Hill (Clinton, Md.) in the 500 meters, juniors Adrian Nelson (Washington, D.C.) in the high jump and John Collins (Clarksburg, Md.) in the weight throw and senior Phillip Barrett (Upper Marlboro, Md.) in the 60-meter hurdles.
Nelson and Collins also qualified for the IC4A Championship based on their performances. Nelson took the high jump with a leap of 6-9. He also finished second in the triple jump and third in the long jump on the day. Collins' throw of 55-11 ľ gave him enough to distance himself from the pack for the win.
In addition the men's distance runners gained strides and performed well placing two, freshman Mike Fleg (Clarksville, Md.) in the 1000 meters and junior Mike Prada (Fulton, Md.) in the 5000 meters, in third place.
The Terps will next be in action Jan. 25 and 26 when they travel to Chapel Hill, N.C. for the University of North Carolina Invitational.
Final Women's Team Standings
1. Maryland (MD) - 217
2. Duke(DK) - 164
3. Navy (NAVY) - 126
4. Pennsylvania (PENN) - 66
5. Delaware (UD) - 52
6. Lafayette (LAF) - 43
7. Rider (RID) - 31
Final Team Standings:
1. Maryland (UM) - 162
2. Duke (DK) - 159
3. Rider (RID) - 135
4. Lafayette (LAF) - 107.5
5. Delaware (UD) - 93.5
6. La Salle (LAS) - 26
Track and Field Contact: Chris Stuchko