Feb. 16, 2002
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Sophomore Toni Jefferson (Baltimore, Md.) reigned supreme in the sprints and placed herself in the Maryland record book becoming the first woman to claim a title in a sprint event by earning two victories at the ACC Championships held this weekend at the Eddie Smith Field in Chapel Hill.
Jefferson claimed victories in the 60 meters (7.47) and the 200 meters (24.26) becoming the first woman since Rosalind Taylor in 1989 to have victories in two events at the same championship meet. She also won the first individual title for the women since senior Ruth Kura (Potomac, Md.) claimed victory in the weight throw in 1999. She was also a vital leg on the 4x400-meter relay team that finished second (3:46.48). Joining Jefferson were juniors Tia Burley (Baltimore, Md.), Deveen Hamilton (Hampton, Va.) and senior Thema Napier (Columbia, Md.).
The only other Terp who joined Jefferson with All-Conference honors, earned by finishing in the top three of an event, was Kura, who took second place in the weight throw (63-2). In gaining her third indoor All-Conference selection, she ties Taylor as the only other woman with three selections.
These performances helped the women's team to earn a seventh-place finish with 62 points, only one point behind Virginia and Florida State.
Just missing out on All-Conference honors was Burley, who took fourth place in both the 200 meters (24.57) and the 400 meters (55.20). Napier also barely missed the cut, finishing fourth in the 60-meter hurdles (8.65).
Senior Tracy Ojeniyi (Sewell, N.J.) rounded out the top-five finishers for the women coming in fifth in the shot put (47-7.75).
On the men's side, senior Phillip Barrett (Upper Marlboro, Md.) and sophomore Harold Manning (Glen Burnie, Md.) registered the highest individual finishes coming in fourth, in spite of the team's last place finish with 14 points.
Barrett came in fourth with his third best time this season in the 60-meter hurdles (8.10) while Manning registered a new season and career low to take fourth in the 60 meters (6.88).
Senior hurdler Dontae Bugg (Newport News, Va.) had the men's highest other finish coming in seventh in the 60 hurdles (8.29) after having a solid day of qualifying.
This is the final team meet of the indoor season, but next up for those who qualified, is the ECAC and IC4A Championships to be held March 1 and 2 in Boston, Mass.
Track Contact: Chris Stuchko