Feb. 8, 2003
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Competing against a formidable group of track programs, the Terps track and field teams were able to etch many top-10 finishes at this weekend's Meyo Invitational. Three Terps set new personal records at Notre Dame's Loftus Sports Complex, continuing the trend of self-improvement the teams have seen throughout their indoor season. c
Finishing well yet again for the women's team was its group of talented sprinters. Highlighting the 60 meter dash was junior Teyarnte' Carter, who raced to a second place finish, posting a time of 7.52. She also raced a 24.62 in the 200 meter, earning third place. Coming in less than one second earlier was teammate Toni Jefferson, who finished second in the 200 meter finals with a 24.48. The team's lone competitor in the 60 meter hurdles, freshman Shenae Dawkins came through for the Terps, taking fourth place with a time of 8.79.
In this weekend's throws events, the Terp women all finished in the top 10 of their events. Senior Aranda Brown was the top-finishing Terp in the weight throw competition, with a throw of 54-8.25 that earned her fourth place. Freshman Bria Johnson and junior Labelle Hillgrove finished seventh and eighth in the shot put, with throws of 42-5.5 and 41-3.75, respectively.
Freshman standout Kierra Foster again led the team in the jumps events, taking second place in Friday night's long jump competition. Her distance of 20-2.5 was a new personal best in that event and was less than three inches away from a new school record. A multitalented athlete, Foster also grabbed second place in the triple jump with a distance of 39-5.
In yet another outstanding pole vault outing, Senior Natalie Dye took second place Friday night, tying her school record of 12-7.5. She and Notre Dame's Jaime Volkmer battled for the top spot, with Dye coming only two inches away from provisionally qualifying for the NCAA Championships.
Pacing Friday night's 5,000 meter run for the Terps was freshman Katie Purcell, who came in fifth with a time of 18:03.87, behind four runners from No. 7 Arkansas. Behind her in seventh was freshman Rebecca Funk, posting a time of 18:42.39. Cross country veteran Kim Smith finished Saturday's 3,000 meter run in 10:27.87.
Five athletes represented the men's track and field team at Notre Dame, with several setting season-best finishes and personal records in their events. A consistent strong finisher in the 400 meter run, sophomore Rob Frelow posted a season-best time of 48.36 which earned him eighth place. Also taking a top-10 finish was junior Harold Manning, who finished ninth in the 200 meter with a time of 21.99.
A second season-best time was recorded by sophomore Florent Groberg, who finished with a 8:28.95 in the 3,000 meter run. In a spectacular effort in the 5,000 meter run, junior Michael Prada posted a new personal-best time of 14:50.89, eclipsing his old record by more than 30 seconds. A second personal record set this weekend was given by sophomore Mike Fleg, who took eighth in the mile, running a 4:14.18 that is more than five seconds faster than his previous record.
Next weekend, the Terps will split, sending athletes to the NY Armory Collegiate Meet and the Delaware Thomson Invitational. This will serve as the teams' final tune-up before the Feb. 21-22 ACC Indoor Championships.