April 20, 2007
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Junior Sean Lowe bested a 26-year old school record in the men's 400-meter dash, while sophomore Chanel Williams missed a school record in the women's 100-meter hurdles by just 0.03 seconds to highlight University of Maryland performances Friday at the 2007 Atlantic Coast Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships being held at Maryland's Kehoe Track Complex.
Lowe, a Terrapin junior, ran 47.02 in the men's 400-meter dash to smash the mark of 47.56 set in 1981 by Darryl Bryant. He won the fourth of four qualifying heats Friday and takes the second-fastest time into Saturday's final. His mark also gave him an NCAA regional-qualifying mark. Michael Bingham of Wake Forest had the fastest preliminary time on Friday, going 46.75.
Maryland will have two student-athletes in the final of the men's 400, as freshman Jeremy Samuels won the first heat in a season-best and IC4A-qualifying mark of 48.14. Samuels' time is the third-best on the Terps' top-10 list and he will be seeded fourth in the final.
Williams ran 13.78 in her preliminary heat of the 100-meter hurdles, moving on to Saturday's final as the sixth seed. Her mark was more than a half-second better than her previous career-best of 14.38 and just missed the school record of 13.75 set by Thema Napier in 2000. Williams' time qualified her for the NCAA regionals and the ECAC Outdoor meets in May.
Shantia Moss of Georgia Tech set a Kehoe Complex and ACC record with her time of 13.08 as the fastest qualifier in the 100 hurdles, one of a dozen facility records set on the day.
After the second day of competition and through eight of 21 events, North Carolina is in first place on the men's side with 61 points, followed by NC State in second with 45 and Clemson in third with 40. Maryland scored nine points today and is in 10th place. The Terps will have five men in track-event finals on Saturday, though.
Through nine events, Miami leads the women's team standings with 54 points, followed by Virginia Tech in second (46.5) and Virginia in third (41). Maryland has 23 points on the women's side and is in seventh place.
Williams also became the second Maryland student-athlete to snap the 1-minute mark in the women's 400 hurdles. She went 59.90 to hit an NCAA regional-qualifying mark and earn a berth in the ECAC Outdoor, besting her previous career-best of 1:00.53. Kristina Keegan also hit an ECAC standard with her season-best of 1:02.19.
Also for the Maryland women, Christina Smith became only the second Maryland student-athlete to crack 5,000 points in the heptathlon, with her score of 5,165 points. Smith crushed her previous career-best of 4,400 in the multi-event competition, set at the 2005 ACC Outdoor. She qualified provisionally for the NCAA nationals with her fifth-place finish. Smith improved her season-best in the long jump by a foot to 17-11.75, scoring 694 points in that event.
Sophomore Katie Rogus placed ninth in the heptathlon with 4,228 points, moving into seventh all-time at Maryland. Her best mark of the day was a fourth-place finish of 2:25.75 in the 800 meters, earning 747 points.
Maryland picked up seven points in the women's discus final on Friday. Jillian Anwah was fifth at 156-0, while senior Zakiya Shivers hit an NCAA regional-qualifying mark and an ECAC standard with her sixth-place finish at 155-8. Khadija Talley of Miami set a Kehoe Complex record with her victory at 174-6.
Sophomore David Edwards-Brennan went 6 feet, 8.75 inches in the men's high jump to place third for the Terrapins, their best finish in a men's final during Friday's second day of the three-day meet. Maryland's Chris Haley placed eighth with a season-best mark of 6-4.75, giving Maryland seven points in the event.
Maryland also had a number of season-bests on Friday, taking advantage of the prestige of hosting the conference championships.
Junior All-American Dominic Berger made the most of his top seed in the men's 110-meter hurdles, moving into the final as the fastest-qualifier after running a season-best 13.68. Junior Adam Durham improved his career-best in the men's 400 hurdles from 53.59 to 52.11 with a sixth-place finish in the prelims. His mark qualified him for the NCAA East Regional and moved him into sixth place on the Terps' all-time list.
Natalie Goodman of Maryland had a season-best of 58.47 in the women's 400 meter prelims, while Libby Babcock hit a season-best of 2:15.19 in the women's 800. Candace Holness (25.73) and Tolulope Olugbemi (26.00) hit season-bests in the women's 200. Kristin Reed went 11:24.24 in the women's 3,000 steeplechase.
After five Kehoe Complex records were set on Thursday, there were 12 more broken on Friday. In addition to Moss' mark in the women's 100 hurdles and Talley's win in the women's discus, Susan Kuijken of Florida State set a track record with the best mark in the preliminaries of the women's 1,500, running 4:28.04.
Patrice Potts of Virginia Tech hit a Kehoe Complex record in the women's 100-meter dash, running 11.58 seconds. Her mark was the second-fastest of the day in that event, but the top-seeded time of Jacqua Williams of Georgia Tech was run with a wind of 2.3 meters per second, over the allowable mark of 2.0 for new records.
Wind also cost Brenda Faluade of Miami the complex record with her win the women's long jump. Deandra Doyley of Miami hit the same mark of 20-7.75, but had a legal wind reading on her best attempt.
Barbara Parker of Florida State shattered the stadium and ACC record by winning the women's 3,000 steeplechase in
Travis Padgett of Clemson went 10.21 to qualify fastest in the men's 100-meter dash, earning a Kehoe Complex and ACC record. The top 11 marks in the men's 100 all bested the previous stadium record. Virginia Tech freshman Ashley Early went 13-5.75 to win the women's pole vault and snap the complex record.
Tim Harris of Miami hit a record with a 1:49.71 with the best qualifying mark in the men's 800. The mark in the women's 400 hurdles was snapped by Virginia Tech freshman Queen Harrison, who went 58.47 to win her heat.
Krista Simkins of Miami went 23.24 in the women's 200 prelims to get the Kehoe Complex mark in that event. Walter Dix of Florida State had a mark of 20.30 in the men's 200 prelims to easily best the previous record. Andrew Lemoncello of Florida State set a stadium record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 8:36.48.
The final day of the 2007 ACC Outdoor Championships at Maryland begins at 11 a.m. with the women's shot put and the men's and women's triple jump. Running events begin at 12:30 with the 4x100 meter relays. The awards presentation is set for 4:15 p.m.
WOMEN'S TEAM SCORES (Through 9 of 21 finals)
1. Miami 54; 2. Virginia Tech 46.5; 3. Virginia 41; T4. North Carolina 33; T4. Florida State 33; 6. Clemson 32.5; 7. Maryland 23; T8. Duke 21; T8. Georgia Tech 21; 10. Wake Forest 19; 11. NC State 18; 12. Boston College 9.
WOMEN'S INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (First-place and Maryland finishers)
Prelims (Top 8 qualify for finals unless noted)
MEN'S TEAM SCORES (Through 8 of 21 finals)
1. North Carolina 61, 2. NC State 45, 3. Clemson 40, 4. Florida State 39, 5. Virginia 34, 6. Georgia Tech 24, 6. Virginia Tech 24, 7. Duke 16, 9. Wake Forest 15, 10. Maryland 9, 11. Miami 5.
MEN'S INDIVIDUAL EVENTS
Prelims (Top 8 advance to final unless noted)