Feb. 22, 2003
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The Terp women's track and field team continued its trend of earning multiple top-ten finishes this weekend at the ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships in Chapel Hill, N.C. However, despite several of these impressive individual performances, the team fell short of its goal to finish in the top half of the conference, instead settling for eighth place.
Two highlights of the meet were performances by senior Natalie Dye and freshman Kierra Foster, who earned All-ACC honors by finishing in the top three of their events. Dye took second in the pole vault with a successful height of 12-5.5, and Foster placed third in the long jump with a distance of 19-9.5.
Perhaps the most significant accomplishment of the entire meet occurred during the 60 meter hurdle preliminaries, where Foster turned in a 8.51 that set a new school record and a season best for the freshman. Her time edged out Thema Napier's record of 8.52 set last year. Foster narrowly missed another all-conference accolade by finishing fourth in the 60 meter hurdles with a season-best time of 8.59.
The Terp relay teams also had success in Chapel Hill. The distance medley relay of Kim Smith, Danielle Siebert, Devenn Hamilton and Allison Carney took fifth place with a time of 12:03.64. Finishing fourth was the 4x400 meter relay team, with a time of 3:49.36 set by seniors Dionne and Devenn Hamilton and juniors Teyarnte' Carter and Toni Jefferson.
Other impressive performances were seen from Carter and senior Aranda Brown, who both finished fifth in the conference for their events. Carter finished with a 7.59 in the 60 meter dash, and Brown threw a season-best distance of 55-1.5 in the weight throw.
Continuing their season-long trend of strong finishes, the Terp women throwers took eighth, ninth, and 10th in the shot put. They were led by junior Labelle Hillgrove, who set a new personal record in the event by throwing a distance of 44-2.75. Freshmen Zakiya Shivers and Bria Johnson finished ninth and 10th, respectively, both tossing season-best distances.
The team competition was dominated by the No. 1-ranked Tar Heel squad, with several athletes seting new school records and also qualifying for the NCAA Championships. Nineteen points behind in second came Georgia Tech, with Florida State rounding out the top three. The Terps finished eighth, 10 points on top of Clemson and less than three points behind seventh-place Duke.
Next up for the Terps will be the March 8-9 ECAC/IC4A Championships in Boston, Mass. The team has two weeks to rest and prepare for this important competition, where the Terps hope to score high individual results.