Feb. 21, 2006
College Park, Md. - The Maryland Terrapins track and field team will travel to Blacksburg, Va. to compete in the ACC Indoor Championships on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The Terps, who have five athletes who have already hit NCAA provisional marks, are looking to improve on last year's ninth-place men's finish and tenth-place women's.
Dominic Berger holds the ACC's fastest time of the season in the 60-meter hurdles (7.79) and has hit both the NCAA provisional and IC4A qualifying marks in that event. He is also among the ACC's best in the 60-meter dash. His time of 6.91 qualified him for the IC4A Championships and ranks him seventh in the ACC.
David Edwards-Brennan is looking to improve upon his season best high jump of 6-08.75, which is the ACC's sixth best mark of the season. The freshman is .25 inches away from qualifying for the IC4A Championships. Sophomore Jayson Alexander, who had the ACC's ninth best long jump of the season (23-04.75) will look to improve on that performance and hit the NCAA provisional mark of 24.05.50. He has already qualified for the IC4A Championships.
For the women, Maryland is hoping for strong finishes in the 5,000 meters, long jump, shot put, and weight throw; all events in which at least two Terp athletes rank among the top-10 in the ACC.
Meghan Braffet, Katie Purcell and Cori Koch rank third, fourth, and ninth respectively in the 5,000 meters. Both Braffett and Purcell have hit the NCAA provisional mark and all three runners have qualified for the ECAC Championships.
In the long jump, Kierra Foster and Lynn Hernandez' season-best jumps have bettered the NCAA provisional mark. Foster ranks second in the ACC in the event, while Hernandez is fourth. Hernandez also holds an ACC top performance in the 60-meter dash, with an ECAC qualifying time of 7.59.
The Terps also hope to post top marks in the weight throw and shot put competitions. Jillian Anwah (58-05.75) and Zakiya Shivers (58-04.00) rank fifth and sixth in the weight throw. Both athletes have also qualified for the ECAC Championships in the event. In the shot put, Bria Johnson and Anwah are both looking to improve upon their ECAC Championship qualifying marks. Johnson ranks ninth in the ACC and Anwah is right behind her in tenth.
Toni Aluko (high jump), Danielle Siebert (mile), and Renee Clarke (400 meters) hare also looking for top performances this weekend. All three have already qualified for the ECAC championships and hold marks that are among the top of the ACC.
Live stats will be available for the meet at UMTerps.com.