Terps Prepare to Begin Indoor Track and Field Season

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Dec. 3, 2001

Terps get ready to open the season

* The Terps host the opening meet of the season at the Prince George's County Complex on Sat., Dec. 8. The last two seasons the Terps have opened their campaigns at the Bucknell Invitational.

* Teams from throughout the East coast will make up the field, including Coppin State, Delaware State, East Carolina, Howard, Johns Hopkins, Morgan State, Morris Brown, Norfolk State, Richmond, South Carolina State, UMBC, Villanova, Wake Forest and Temple.

* This will be the first of five meets to be held at the Complex this season. The team has a partnership with the Potomac Valley Track Club to co-host the events. The Potomac Invitational Meet will take place in the morning before the college meet.

* Head coach Bill Goodman will begin his 14th season with the Terrapins. Goodman was the 2000 indoor coach of the year when he guided the women to a third place finish in the ACC.

Women look to improve on strong individual performances

* The Terp women come into the season looking to improve on a sixth place finish in both the indoor and outdoor seasons.

* ACC Champion heptahalete senior Tracy Ojeniyi (Sewell, N.J.) is the team's most decorated retunee. She also finished second at both the indoor and outdoor ACC Championships in the shot put.

* Senior Ruth Kura (Potomac, Md.) holds the school record in the weight throw (61-10 1/2) and will look to be a key scorer for the team. Kura also holds the Kenyan national record for the weight throw.

* Seniors Thema Napier (Columbia, Md.) and Amber Stanley (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.), along with Ojeniyi, come into the season as All-East performers, finishing in the top eight at last year's the ECAC Championships.

* Juniors Punnie Chittchang (Mount Airy, Md.) and Heather Houston (Fort Washington, Md.) combine to form a strong 1-2 tandem in the long jump. Chittchang qualified for the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships, while Houston was All-East performer.

* Junior Tia Burley (Baltimore, Md.) holds the school's indoor 200-meter and 400-meter records.

New recruits add excitement to men's team

* Freshmean Ian Moore (Mount Laurel, N.J.) and Rob Frelow (Waterbury, Conn.) add excitement to a strong group of returning runners to give the men a renewed sense of enthusiasm. Both runners were high school All-Americans last year in the sprints and will be expected to be key contributors this year.

* Four seniors will lead the charge for the group this season. David Benaderet (Baltimore, Md.), Phillip Barrett (Upper Marlboro, Md.), Donate Bugg (Newport News, Va.) and James Gondak (Doylestown, Pa.) all have IC4A experience and excel at their individual events.

* Returning from a redshirt season last year, junior Andrew Long (Columbia, Md.) will add depth for the throwing events.

Sophomore Harold Manning (Glen Burnie, Md.) will look to build on a solid outdoor season, where he overcame injuries to post solid results in the 100 and 200-meter races.