April 14, 2002
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Even with a roster full of the best track and field athletes in the country, the select Terps who made the trip had their presence felt this weekend at the 36th annual Sea Ray Invitational.
Regarded as one of the outdoor season's top meet that saw some world records challenged, several women claimed lofty finishes.
Senior Tracy Ojeniyi (Sewell, N.J.) had the team's top finish on the weekend finishing third in the shot put. Her throw (47-6) was just enough to establish a career high in the event, edging out her previous best by .75 inches.
Once again, senior Thema Napier (Columbia, Md.) had an outstanding day in the hurdles challenging her own school records. Her best finish of the weekend came in the 400-meter hurdles placing fourth (58.73). The mark, which is a provisional NCAA qualifying time, left her only .15 seconds short of the school record (58.63). She established a new season best mark in the 100-meter hurdles (13.77) and missed her record by .02 seconds (13.75) on her way to seventh place finish.
The strongest overall event for the Terps was the 400 meters, where two runners placed in the top six. Junior Tia Burley (Baltimore, Md.) established a new team best mark for the event this season placing fifth (53.80), while running partner sophomore Toni Jefferson (Baltimore, Md.) was right on her coattails placing sixth (53.98).
Though it may not have resulted in higher finishing positions in their events, several Terp men established new season best times during the weekend.
Senior Dontae Bugg (Newport News, Va.) had the team's best finish in the 110-meter hurdles placing 17th with a new personal season best time (14.44).
The freshmen combo of Rob Frelow (White Plains, N.Y.) and Ian Moore (Mt. Laurel, N.J.) both established new career lows in their events and established themselves at the top of the team standings. Frelow bested his previous season best time by .20 seconds in the 400 meters (47.55), Moore shaved a full second of his prior best in the 400-meter hurdles (54.03).
The Terps will be in action next weekend in Charlottesville, Va., at the ACC Championships.
Track Contact: Chris Stuchko