March 8, 2002
Fayetteville, Ark. - A marvelous season came to an end when senior Ruth Kura (Potomac, Md.) finished eighth in the weight throw at the 20th annual Women's NCAA Indoor Championships on Friday.
Kura's throw of 64-2.25, put her only .25 inches out of a seventh place finish. Her best throw came on her third of six attempts in the two heats she competed. Two costly fouls, including one her final throw, kept her from improving on her distance.
Florida sophomore Candice Scott took the victory and also established a new collegiate record with a throw of 75-7.50.
The event marks the end of Kura's, as well the team's indoor season. It was a banner season for the three-time All-ACC competitor who has shattered her own school mark by almost five feet during the course of the season.
Most recently, she competed in the U.S. Track and Field Championships finishing eighth overall in the weight throw and fourth among the college competitors. She advanced to the finals of the weight throw competition with a toss of 62-8.75 but fouled three times during the round hurting her chances to better her distance. She was in high company throwing against the six-time defending U.S. champion and world record holder Dawn Ellerbe, who finished second.
In her seven prior meets this season, Kura has finished first five times and second twice, including a second place finish at the ACC Championships.
The Terps will now be off until the beginning of their outdoor season, which will be the Alabame Relays March 21 to 24 in Tuscasloosa, Ala.
Track Contact: Chris Stuchko