March 9, 2003
BOSTON - Despite several athletes being hampered by injuries, the Terp women's track and field team turned in multiple impressive finishes at this weekend's 20th annual ECAC Championships in Boston, Mass. By the end of Sunday's competition, the Terps had earned three All-East honors, including one record-breaking performance by senior pole vaulter Natalie Dye.
An NCAA provisional qualifier last year, Dye knew the pressure was on as this competition marked her final chance to qualify for next weekend's NCAA Championships. Once again rising to the challenge, Dye reached the 12-9.5 qualifying mark, setting a new school record for the second time this year. The victory marked her fourth first-place finish of the season and her first All-East honor.
Earning honors on two All-East teams was freshman phenom Kierra Foster, who took home top-eight finishes in the long jump and 60 meter hurdles. Her 20-2.25 long jump earned her second place and was her sixth top-three finish of the season. Her distance was less than two inches away from the NCAA qualifying mark of 20-4. In the 60 meter hurdles, her time of 8.59 gave her fourth place and completed a season of all top-five finishes.
Also competing for the Terps was senior thrower Aranda Brown, who came in 10th in the weight throw with a distance of 53-6.25. Senior sprinter Devenn Hamilton placed 16th in the 400 meters with a time of 56.69 and junior Labelle Hillgrove competed in the shot put.
The women's distance medley relay team of senior Dionne Hamilton, junior Kim Smith and freshmen Danielle Siebert and Allison Carney came home with a 10th place finish, posting a season-best time of 11:52.70. All together, the Terp athletes combined for a score of 23 points, which was good enough for 12th place in the team standings.
The men's team had two individual qualifiers and one relay team qualify for this weekend's IC4A Championships, also held in Boston, Mass. Unfortunately for the Terps, junior sprinter Harold Manning could not compete in the 200-meter dash due to tendonitis in his knee. This turned the spotlight to sophomore Rob Frelow, who was a finalist at last year's IC4A Championships in the 400-meter dash.
This year, Frelow posted a new personal-best time of 47.94 to take 12th in the field, only 0.1 seconds away from qualifying for the finals in that event. Frelow replaced injured runner Paul Dorsey on the distance medley relay team, combining with junior Doug Allen and sophomores Mike Fleg and Florent Groberg to finish 12th with a season-best time of 10:05.81.
The ECAC and IC4A Championships marked the conclusion of the Terps' indoor track season. The only indoor competition left is next weekend's NCAA Championships, held at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark. Dye will find out if she will compete in that meet tomorrow evening, March 10, when qualifiers are officially announced. For the rest of the Terps, the outdoor season kicks off on Saturday, March 22, at a meet yet to be determined.