Track Back In Action This Saturday at Maryland Invitational

April 4, 2002

Maryland Invitational
April 6, 2002
Kehoe Track and Field Facility
College Park, Md.

Back Into Action

? After a week off for spring break, the Terps return to the track to host the annual Maryland Invitational this Saturday at the Kehoe Track and Field Facility located on campus.

? Twelve teams will comprise the field for this year's event: Western Maryland, George Mason, Delaware, Delaware St., Maryland-Eastern Shore, Howard, Towson, George Washington, American and Morgan St. Navy and Coppin State will be sending only their women's team.

? Field events will begin at 11:00 a.m., the action on the track heats up at 1:00 p.m. with the 5000-meters.

? There will be no admission charged to attend the event.

Taking a Look Back

? At last year's event, seniors Thema Napier (Columbia, Md.) and Ruth Kura (Potomac, Md.) both won two events to help guide the women's team to a first place finish. Napier took the 100 and 400-meter hurdles, while Kura prevailed in the discus and hammer. Also looking to repeat a win from last season is junior Tia Burley (Baltimore, Md.) who took the top prize in the 200 meters.

? The men's team finished third on the backs individual wins from seniors Dontae Bugg (Newport News, Va.) in the 100 meters, Phillip Barrett (Upper Marlboro, Md.) in the 110-meter hurdles and Dave Benaderet (Baltimore, Md.) in the 400 meters.

A Look Around the ACC

? The women place two runners on top of the ACC standings for the week of April 1. Sophomore Toni Jefferson (Baltimore, Md.) has a clasp on the top spot in the 200 meters (23.85), with only teammate Burley joining her with a sub-24 second time (23.93). School record holder Thema Napier grabs the other top spot in the 400-meter hurdles, blowing away the competition thus far by over 2 full seconds (58.73). She is one of 21 ACC women to at least provisionally qualify for the NCAA Championships.

? On the men's side, two runners rank in the top five of their perspective events. Freshman Rob Frelow (White Plains, N.Y.) continues to impress with his current fifth place position in the 400 meters (47.77). The always-steady Barrett is also fifth in the 110-meter high hurdles (14.88). Both competitors are only .01 seconds from taking the fourth spot in their events.

Rolling On Through Alabama

? Toni Jefferson didn't take long to put herself in the record books after an impressive indoor season. She established a new mark in the 200 (23.85) by finishing second, breaking the previous mark (23.91) held by Burley. She also finished fourth in the 100 (12.01).

? Napier was strong in the hurdles at the season opener finishing third in the 400-meter hurdles (58.73) and fourth in the 100-meter hurdles (14.13).

? Senior Tracy Ojeniyi (Sewell, N.J.) came in second in the shot put (47-3) and currently ranks seventh in the ACC in the event.

? For the men, Frelow had the weekend's best finish by placing fifth in the 400 meters (47.77).

? A strong area for the team in the opener was the 10,000-meter race. Freshman Bridget Baker (Elkridge, Md.) finished sixth (38:19.27), while for the men junior Mike Prada (Fulton, Md.) finished fourth (31:28.12) and freshman Matt Adami (Mount Airy, Md.) came in fifth (31:47.13).

Look Ahead

? Next up for the Terps will be a trip to the Sea Ray Relays in Knoxville, Ten., the weekend of April 12 and 13. Then it is off to the ACC Outdoor Championships in Charlottesville, Va. April 19 and 20.

Track contact: Chris Stuchko
Phone: 301-314-1483
Fax: 301-314-9094