Track Teams to Participate in 4-way Meet

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January 11, 1999

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - University of Marylands mens and womens indoor track teams will participate in their first scoring event of the season on Saturday when they take part in a four-way meet hosted by the University of Delaware. Joining Delaware and Maryland in the four-team field will be LaSalle and Rider. The first field event is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m., the first running event at noon. Eleventh-year Maryland coach Bill Goodman is anticipating traveling with a contingent of approximately 35 women and 20 men for this weekends meet.

Pole vaulter Jaime Dorshimer, sprinter Stacey Minott and thrower Cathy Porter all captured individual collegiate titles to highlight University of Maryland womens indoor track team at the Father Diamond Memorial Indoor Meet at George Mason University. The mens team was paced by freshman Dontae Bugg, who finished fourth among collegians in the 60 hurdles with a time of 8.24 and 11th in the 200 meters with a time of 23.13. Dorshimer led all collegiate entrants in the pole vault with a mark of 10-0. Minott was the first collegian to cross the finish line in the 60 meter dash, clocking a time of 7.62. That mark was good enough to qualify for the ECAC Indoor Championships. Porter led all collegiate entrants in the 20-lb. weight throw, posting a mark of 54-4 1/2.

Establishing PRs during the meet were Joanna Smith in the pole vault (9-0 1/4), Nikki Webster in the 500 meters (1:16.90), and Rebecca Mack in the 1000 (2:59.43). Webster just missed reaching an ECAC qualifying mark in the 500, finishing .76 seconds off the standard. For the men, James Gondak established a PR in the 35-lb. weight throw, posting a mark of 47-7 1/4 to finish third among collegians. A total of 17 colleges competed in the meet.

Maryland has had nine individual women, two individual men and both the mens and womens 4x400 relay teams achieve ECAC and IC4A qualifying marks, respectively, so far this season. For the women, those reaching ECAC qualifying standards included long jumper Melody Vaughn (19-3 1/4), triple jumper Nikki Webster (39-7), pole vaulter Jaime Dorshimer (10-0), 55-meter hurdler Thema Napier (8.00) and 55-meter sprinter Stacey Minott (6.9). In addition, the Terps 4x400 meter relay team of Thema Napier, Melody Vaughn, Nikki Webster and Candyce DeLoatch qualified for the ECACs with a time of 3:53.00. Individual mens IC4A qualifiers include high hurdlers Dontae Bugg (7.3) and Asa Heath (7.4). The mens 4x400 meter relay team of Trevor Graves, Justin James, Richard Mahy and Jason Joubert also qualified, posting a time of 3:21.4. The ECAC Championships are slated for Feb. 27-28 in Boston. The IC4A Championships, also to be held in Boston, will take place March 6-7.

On this weeks meet: "Were going to put people more toward their normal events. Because this is a scoring meet, we want to score some points. Were going to run the mile relay again for both the men and the women, and well go with a more normal lineup, with people in the 200, 400 and long jump. I know LaSalle has a good distance group, so well really have to have ourselves together there. Rider has a little bit of a mix, and Delaware usually has good distance people."

On Father Diamond Meet: "Generally I felt we made a good effort and our heads were into it. I was pleased with most of our performances, keeping in mind that we trained through the week leading up to it and did not take any days off. On the mens side, Jason Joubert had a fairly good start in the 800, and we had a couple of people run in the 500 in order to get ready for the 400. James Gondak had a PR in the 35-lb. weight and I was pleased with that. Freshman Dontae Bugg was running with the big dogs in the hurdles. He ran really well in the trials, but had a problem with the first hurdle in the finals. He was competing against some world-class guys. We rested our other main hurdler, Asa Heath (foot problem), in order to ensure that he is healthy down the road. We are not sure about his status for this weekend. On the womens side, I felt like our sprinters ran well. Dessalyn Jolley really improved in the 800. She was a little rusty coming off the holidays, but I think shell be fine. Nikki Webster PRd in the 500, so she is on her way. We decided not to have our jumpers compete in order to get them in proper shape. Were still looking for improvement in our distance events."

ECAC Qualifiers

Cathy Porter      (20-lb. weight)
Heather Atkinson  (20-lb. weight)
Melody Vaughn         (long jump)
Nikki Webster       (triple jump)
Jaime Dorshimer      (pole vault)
Thema Napier         (55 hurdles)
Stacey Minott         (55 meters)
Tiffany Hester       (55 hurdles)
Stacey Minott         (60 meters)
Vanessa Jones         (high jump)
Womens 4x400 relay
IC4A Qualifiers
Asa Heath
Dontae Bugg
Mens 4x400 relay