Three Terps Win at Shamrock Invitational

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March 23, 2008

CONWAY, S.C. - Toni Aluko, Kristen Batts and Ashley Williams each won their events this weekend to highlight University of Maryland performances at the Shamrock Invitational track and field meet hosted by Coastal Carolina.

The event marked the opening of the outdoor track and field season for the Terrapins.

Aluko, the reigning ACC champion in the women's outdoor high jump, hit a regional mark with a first-place finish in the high jump at 5-8.75.

Williams matched her career-best to win the women's shot put at 45-3.75, with teammate Jillian Anwah in third and Aysha Gregory in sixth.

Batts, making her outdoor debut for the Terps, won the discus at 145-6, moving into fifth all-time outdoors at Maryland. Anwah was second at 142-3 and Gregory was fourth at 137-11.

Saturday's highlight on the men's side came with a NCAA-regional qualifying effort by the men's 4x400 relay team. Anthony Walker, Jeremy Samuels, Sean Lowe and Adam Durham went 3:09.99, the third-fastest relay mark in school history. Durham also placed fourth in the 110-meter hurdles, running 14.25 to hit a regional-qualifying mark.

Tommy Friscia led a strong charge by the Terps in the men's 800. Friscia went 1:52.80 to finish second, with Josh Davis in fourth, Kyle Rauser in sixth, Anthony Walker in eighth and Zach Martinez in ninth.

Earl Gray (21.46 in the men's 200) and Sean Lowe (47.48 in the men's 400) each hit IC4A-qualifying times with their finishes, while David Edwards-Brennan went 6-8.75 to finish second and earn an IC4A berth in the men's high jump.

Jason Allen joined Edwards-Brennan with a second-place finish, going 23-2.50 to place second in the men's long jump.

On Friday, Maryland's women's throwers re-wrote the record book in the hammer throw, getting three new performances on the school's all-time top 10. Gregory placed third at 180 feet, 4 inches, moving into third all-time at Maryland. Anwah placed 10th at 155-7, while Batts moved into eight at 153-5 and Williams is now 10th all-time at 149-5.

Michelle Fedrick finished fifth in the 400-meter dash, going 55.66 to move into eighth all-time on Maryland's outdoor list in her first outdoor appearance for the Terrapins since transferring from Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

On the men's side on Friday, Maryland won the distance medley relay, as Greg Kelsey, Sean Lowe, Kyle Rauser and Tommy Friscia finished in 10:09.28 to win by more than 18 seconds over VMI. Maryland's women's distance medley relay team finished third in 12:11.81.

The Terps also had an outstanding effort in the 4x200 relay, with Dominic Berger, Adam Durham, Sean Lowe and Anthony Walker placing second in 1:25.91. The Terps were just behind national-power South Carolina, which won in 1:25.78.

Navy Invitational
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Robert Duru won the men's 100-meter dash and finished third in the 200 to lead the Maryland men Saturday at the Navy Inviational outdoor track and field meet. Duru ran 11.59 and 23.28 in the sprint events to pace a strong effort by the Terrapins who attended that meet.

Kelley Pry captured the women's 800 at Navy in 2:13.14, while Meghan Braffet won the 1,500 meters in 4:42.87. Tiffani Long (17-7.50) and Katelyn Poss (149-11) won the long jump and hammer, respectively.

Freshman Geoff Goidell placed third and fourth, respectively, in the shot put and discus.

The Terrapins will host the Maryland Invitational on Saturday at the Kehoe Track Complex. The first event will begin at 10 a.m.