April 15, 2008
ATLANTA, Ga. - Six University of Maryland athletes have already posted NCAA Regional Qualifying marks as the team heads to Atlanta, Ga., for this week's 2008 Atlantic Coast Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships hosted by Georgia Tech University. The event will mark the last league competition for the Terrapins' 15 seniors, including reigning ACC Outdoor Champions Dominic Berger and Toni Aluko.
Toni Aluko, who has already qualified for the NCAA Regional and ECAC Championships in the high jump, will look to claim her second consecutive ACC Championship in the event. Her season-best mark of 5-8.75, which she hit at both the Shamrock Invitational and Florida Relays, stands as the second-best mark in the ACC this season.
The senior also holds the Terrapins' top triple jump in the season of 38-2, which is also among the top ten in the ACC. At last year's ACC Outdoor, she placed sixth in the event with a mark of 40-11.75.
On the women's side, the weekend will open up with the hammer competition, where the Terps will look for a strong finish out of school-record holder Aysha Gregory. At the Duke Asics Invitational, the senior bested the NCAA Regional and ECAC marks, as she set a new school record in the event of 185-6.
Senior Jillian Anwah will also hope for a strong showing in the discus. She has already qualified for both the NCAA Regional and ECAC Championships in the event with a mark of 156-7. Teammate Kristen Batts has also qualified for the ECAC Championships in the event with a throw of 145-6. Both marks are among the top ten in the ACC this season.
In the shot put, the throwers will also look for strong performances, particularly from Ashley Williams, Anwah and Gregory, who all rank among the ACC's top ten in the event this season. Williams has already qualified for the ECAC Championships in the event with a mark of 45-3.75.
The Terrapins will also look for top times out of sprinter Michelle Fedrick. The junior has qualified for the ECAC Championships in both the 200 and 400 meters. She is peaking at the right time, as she posted her season-best time in the 200 meters of 24.67 at last weekend's Onesty/Abramson Invitational. Her best 400-meter time of 55.14 came the week before at the Florida Relays. Both times are within the top-ten times in the ACC this season.
In the hurdles, Crystal Bardge will look for a strong finish in both the 100- and 400-meter hurdles. She has already qualified for the ECAC Championships in both events. Along with teammate Chanel Williams, who has also met the ECAC mark in the 400 hurdles, Bardge is listed among the top-ten performers in the ACC this season. In the 100-meter hurdles, ECAC qualifier Christina Smith will also look for a strong performance.
At last weekend's Bison Outdoor Classic, Meghan Braffet met the ECAC standard in the 5,000 meters, putting her in strong position heading into the ACC Championships. Her season-best time of 16:59.73 is within the ACC's top-ten marks this year.
Finally, the Terps will also look to gain points from their 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams, which have both already qualified for the ECAC Championships. The 4 100 team of Chanel Williams, Fedrick, Crystal and Christina Smith had a season-best and ACC top-ten time of 46.21 last weekend. In the 4x400 relay, the group of Fedrick, Bardge, Chanel Williams and Tolulope Olugbemi posted a time of 3:47.97, which is also among the ACC's top times this season.
Last year, the Maryland women finished 11th at the ACC Outdoor Championships with 30 total points. After a strong start to the outdoor season, they will look to improve upon last season's finish.
Dominic Berger will look to capture the fifth ACC championship of his career this weekend as he competes in the 110-meter hurdles. The senior has already met the NCAA Regional and IC4A standards in the event with his season-best time of 13.76. He currently ranks second in the ACC in the event.
Teammate Adam Durham will also look for a strong finish in the event as he is currently ranked fifth in the event in the ACC. He has also qualified for both the NCAA Regional and IC4A Championships with his season-best time of 14.25.
For the Terrapin sprinters, Earl Gray will look for strong finishes in both the 100 and 200 meters. He has posted IC4A-qualifying times in both events and is among the ACC's top-ten performers in both events this season. The senior's top 100-meter time of 10.60 ranks him fourth in the ACC, while his 200 time of 21.46 is tied for fifth in the ACC.
In the 400 meters, both Sean Lowe and Jeremy Samuels have qualified for the IC4A Championships with times of 47.33 and 48.12 respectively. Lowe placed second at last year's ACC Outdoor Championships, while Samuels placed sixth.
In the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Greg Kelsey has also already qualified for the IC4A Championships with a time of 9:15.48, which is third in the ACC this season. He will look to improve upon his 13th-place finish in the event last year.
The Maryland jumpers will be led by junior David Edwards-Brennan who has posted an IC4A-qualifying mark in the high jump of 6-8.75, which he hit twice this season. The jump ranks him third in the ACC so far this season. Jason Allen will also look for a strong performance in the long jump, while Victor Gilreath competes in the triple jump. Allen's season-best mark of 23-2.50 and Gilreath's jump of 47-4.50 rank them among the ACC's top ten this season.
Sal Delhierro will lead the Terrapin throwers this weekend in both the hammer and shot put. The junior has already posted IC4A-qualifying marks in the events, with his season-best throw of 172-4 in the hammer and a season-best mark of 52-2.75 in the shot put. Both marks are among the ACC's top ten this season.
Three Terrapin relay teams have also posted IC4A-qualifying times this season. The 4x100 team of Gray, Samuels, Durham and Berger posted a time of 40.00 at the Florida Relays, while the 4x800 foursome of Zach Martinez, Tommy Friscia, Josh Davis and Kyle Rauser had a time of 7:33.15, also at the Florida Relays.
The 4x400 relay team also met the NCAA Regional mark. The group of Anthony Walker, Rauser, Lowe and Durham finished 3:09.99 at the Shamrock Invitational.
At last year's ACC Championships, Maryland finished eighth with 44 total points. The Terps will look to improve upon that finish as they head into competition this week.
Highlight coverage of the 2008 ACC Outdoor Championships will be available on ACC Select. Complete roundups and results will also be available throughout the weekend on UMTerps.com.
Top Terrapin Performers
Three time All-America in the 110- and 60-meter hurdles... also ACC Champion four times in his career... is currently second on the Maryland all time list in the 110-meter hurdles behind world record holder Renaldo Nehemiah... was also USATF Junior National Champion in the 110-meter hurdles.
Currently ranks seventh on the Maryland all time list in the 110-meter hurdles... qualified for the NCAA Championships last season... qualified for IC4A Championships four times.
Has qualified for the IC4A Championships in the 3,000 meter steeplechase... earned All-Region recognition during last cross country season... placed seventh in the steeplechase at the USATF Junior Nationals last year.
Was ACC Champion in the high jump last year... is fourth on the Maryland all time list in the high jump and third in the triple jump... has qualified for NCAA Regional competition in both the high jump and triple jump.
Ranks third on the Maryland all time list in the shot put, second in the discus and seventh in the hammer... has qualified for the ECAC Championships in seven consecutive seasons... has also hit the NCAA Regional or Provisional mark in each of the last three seasons.
Is the Maryland school record holder in the hammer... also ranks ninth on the Maryland all time list in the shot put and eighth in the hammer... has met the ECAC-qualifying mark in at least one event for five straight seasons... placed fourth in the hammer at last year's ECAC Championships.