Track Teams Head to Alabama Relays this Week

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March 23, 1999

Meet Facts
Alabama Relays
Date: March 26-28
Site: Tuscaloosa, Ala.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - University of Marylands mens and womens track and field teams will head to Tuscaloosa, Ala., this week to participate in the Alabama Relays at Sam Bailey Track and Field Stadium. The meet begins March 25 with the heptathlon and decathlon and continues through Sunday. Only the relays will be team scored. The Terps opened their outdoor season last weekend at the Hurricane Invitational in Miami, Fla. Other schools scheduled to participate in the Alabama Relays include host Alabama, Auburn, Cincinnati, Georgia, Memphis, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Pittsburgh, Tennessee, Tulane, Alabama-Birmingham and Vanderbilt.

TERPS FARE WELL AT HURRICANE INVITATIONAL Kelly Crowley (Levittown, Pa.), Thema Napier (Columbia, Md.) and Nikki Webster (Richmond, Va.) had the top finishes for the women, and Jason Joubert (Rockville, Md.), Matt Green (Etna, N.H.) and John Carr (Washingotn, D.C.) the top finishes for the men to highlight the University of Marylands effort at the Hurricane Invitational hosted by the University of Miami last weekend. Crowley placed second in the 1500 meters and Napier and Webster recorded third-place showings in the 400 intermediate hurdles and the triple jump, respectively, for the Terrapin womens team. Crowley recorded a time of 4:46.14 to finish runner-up to Florida Internationals Liz Borrel, who won the event in a time of 4:41.54. Napier clocked a school-record time of 1:00.48 in the 400 intermediate hurdles, breaking the previous mark of 1:01.15 set in 1998 by Dessalyn Jolley (Trenton, N.J.), who finished third in the event with a PR of 1:00.55. Webster was third in the long jump with a mark of 12.21 meters. Marylands 4x100 and 4x400 meter relay teams took third place with times of 46.35 and 3:46.95, respectively. For the men, Joubert took second place in the 400 intermediate hurdles with a time of 53.35. Green was third in the 3000 meter steeplechase with a time of 9:49.80 and Carr was third in the 200 meter dash with a time of 21.97. Wu was third in the discus (45.28) and seventh in the shot put (13.94). The Terps 4x100 relay team finished second overall with a time of 41.24.

KURA NAMED TO ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM Freshman standout Ruth Kura (North Potomac, Md.) was named to the 1999 All-ACC team for indoor track. Kura, who owns the school record in the weight throw, was the only Terp named to the team. She had six top-five finishes in the event this season, capped off by her first-place finish at the ACC Championships.

MARYLAND WOMEN FINISH 13TH IN POWER RANKINGS The womens track team closed out the indoor season in 13th place of the National Dual Meet Power Rankings which are compiled by Idaho State University. The team ranked as high as fifth earlier in the season and it has hovered around the top 10 throughout the year. The mens team, which placed as high as 29th earlier in the season, finished in 51st place. yland mens and womens indoor track and field teams return to action this Saturday whparticipate in the Father Diamond Memorial Invitational at George Mason University. Twelfth-year head coach Bill Goodman anticipates taking a contingent of 25-30 women and approximately 20-25 men to this weekends invitational at Fairfax, Va. The meet is scheduled to begin at noon at the Recreation Sports Complex on the campus of George Mason University. The Terps opened their season the weekend of Dec. 4-5 when they participated in the Navy and Bucknell invitationals, but have not competed since because of final exams and the holiday break.


Women (since 1989)
1989      Jennifer Van Horn
1991      Jennifer Van Horn
          Marchelle Payne
1992      Marchele Payne
1993      Marchelle Payne
1995      Simone Farrar
1997      Heather Atkinson
1998      Heather Atkinson

Men (since 1989) 1989 Steve Yates John Finney 1990 Steve Yates 1993 Kelvin McQueen 1995 Brian Montgomery (twice) 1996 Brian Montgomery