April 13, 2003
CORAL GABLES, Fla. - It was a bittersweet day of competition for the Maryland track and field team. While the Miami Gatorade Invitational saw several athletes set season- and personal-best marks, their efforts fell short of NCAA Regional qualifying standards. The Terps put in a strong showing against formidable competition, however, posting many top-10 finishes.
Turning in the top performance for the women's team was senior pole vaulter Natalie Dye, who tied her own school record at 12-6 on her way to taking third place in the event. Freshman Kierra Foster also placed well, finishing fourth in the long jump with a distance of 19-11. She also placed sixth in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 14.15, a heartbreaking 0.05 seconds away from the NCAA Regional qualifying standard.
The Terp women's distance squad also turned in strong performances, with freshman Allison Carney leading the way. Carney finished fifth in the 1500 meter run with a season-best time of 4:38.34. Senior Kim Smith came in less than one second behind in sixth and freshman Danielle Siebert placed eighth. In the 800 meter run, Carney ran a season-best time of 2:17.56 to finish 14th overall, with Siebert and Smith placing in 15th and 16th, respectively.
Senior Aranda Brown led the women throwers, tossing a personal best distance of 160-05 in the hammer to place fifth. Junior Labelle Hillgrove was the Terps' strongest performer in the discus, finishing eighth with a season-best throw of 140-03. She also placed ninth in the shot put, followed by freshmen Bria Johnson and Zakiya Shivers in 10th and 13th, respectively.
In the 400 meter hurdles, senior Dionne Hamilton's time of 1:04.25 was good enough for ninth place, and freshman Amanda Radziminski finished less than one second behind in 10th. The 4x100 relay team also performed well, taking third place with a time of 46.86. The sprinters were led by junior Teyarnte' Carter, who placed 10th in the 100 meter dash and 14th in the 200 meter dash. Other highlights included senior Devenn Hamilton running a 56.64 to place 11th in the 400 meter dash and senior Punnie Chittchang placing seventh in the long jump.
On the men's side, sophomore Rob Frelow again led the team, taking third place in the 400 meter dash with a time of 48.02. Sophomore Florent Groberg represented the team in the distance events, placing eighth in the 1500 meter run with a time of 3:59.71 and 12th in the 800 meter run with a time of 1:58.45.
Thrower Beau Fay competed in three events for the Terps, his best finish occurring in the hammer where he placed sixth with a distance of 139-02. He also threw season-best distances to place seventh in the shot put and 10th in the discus.
Next up for Terps track and field is the ACC Outdoor Championships, held next weekend in Raleigh, N.C. There the teams hope to improve on their finishes from last season, despite many athletes still being hampered by injury.