May 18, 2003
PRINCETON, N.J. - Representing the Terps on the last day of the ECAC/IC4A Championships was junior Toni Jefferson, who competed in the 200 meter dash in Princeton, N.J. Jefferson was the only Terp sprinter to be selected for finals during the preliminary heats Saturday afternoon. Proving herself one of the best in the East, Jefferson ran a time of 24.41 to finish fifth overall with All-East honors.
In all, the Terps earned three All-East distinctions, with the other two by way of senior pole vaulter Natlie Dye and junior long jumper Heather Houston. Dye took first in her event thanks to a 12-8 vault, claiming victory in both the indoor and outdoor championships this year. Houston's long jump of 18-11.75 earned her eighth place overall.
Other athletes competing this weekend included senior Mike Prada, who set a personal best time in the 10,000 meter run, as well as junior Harold Manning and sophomore Rob Frelow, who competed in the 200 and 400 meter dash, respectively. Unfortunately, Manning's time of 21.75 was just short of qualifying him for the 200 meter dash finals, as was Frelow's time of 49.43 in the 400 meter dash preliminaries. On the women's team, senior Devenn Hamilton ran a 56.09 in the 400 meter dash preliminaries but fell short of qualifying for the finals.
Also competing for the women were two throwers, senior Aranda Brown and junior Labelle Hillgrove. Brown threw the hammer a distance of 149-8 and Hillgrove finished ninth in the discus thanks to a toss of 138-8.
The women's team competition was dominated by Pittsburgh, who won the meet with a total of 114 points, while West Virginia won the men's meet with a score of 48. The Terp women, although focusing on individual accomplishments over team standing, still finished a respectable 18th out of 37 teams.
Although the 2003 season has come to an end for the Terp men, the women will face the May 30-31 NCAA Regional Championships at George Mason. There, several athletes and one relay team will strive to qualify for the NCAA Championships, which will be held in Sacramento, Calif., in June.