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Indoor Track Teams Head to Gainsville
Courtesy: Maryland Athletics
Release: 06/21/1999

January 24, 1999

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - University of Marylands womens (6-0) and mens (4-3) indoor track teams head south later this week to participate in the third annual ACC-SEC Challenge at Gainesville, Fla. The meet begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Stephen C. OConnell Center. The last event is scheduled for 8:45 p.m. The SEC has swept the mens and womens ACC-SEC Challenge each of the past two years. The meet will be scored by conference under the 10-8-6-4-2-1 scoring formula. A conference can score no more than three places in a single event. Eleventh-year coach Bill Goodman anticipates taking a contingent of 20-25 women and approximately 15 men to this weekends meet, which will be held on the campus of the University of Florida. It will be the fourth meet in as many weeks for the Terps since the Christmas break. Last weekend, the women won their second consecutive four-way meet while the men finished third in a five-way meet, both hosted by Army.

A total of 10 teams -- four from the ACC and six from the SEC -- will participate in the ACC-SEC Challenge this weekend. From the ACC will be Maryland, Florida State, Georgia Tech and Wake Forest. Teams from the SEC include Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and South Carolina. The field includes three nationally ranked womens teams (No. 8 Florida, No. 10 Georgia, and No. 15 Georgia Tech) and one nationally ranked mens team (No. 7 Georgia Tech).

Junior Candyce DeLoatch (Pittsgrove, N.J.) highlighted the Terps victory in a four-way meet at Army last weekend, clocking a school-record time of 55.62 to best the previous standard of 55.73 set in 1991 by Sharon Scotland. DeLoatch also anchored the Terps winning 4x400 relay team in a season-best time of 3:48.34.

Marylands womens team kept its unbeaten record intact at West Point last weekend, improving to 6-0 on the season with a convincing victory at the four-team Army Invitational. The Terps won 12 of 19 events, including 10 of 12 running events. The Terps finished 1-2-3 in the 55 meters and 200 meters and 1-2 in the 55, 55 hurdles, 1600 and 3000 meters. A week earlier, in sweeping to the title at the Delaware Invitational, Maryland won 11 of 17 events overall. Maryland totaled 231.5 points in winning the Army Invitational. Host Army (168.5) was second, Manhattan (91) was third, and Lafayette (81) fourth. Other performances of note came courtesy of Melody Vaughn (Houston, Texas), who won the long jump and finished second in the 200, and Nikki Webster (Richmond, Va.), who won the triple jump and finished second in the long jump.

True freshman Dontae Bugg (Newport News, Va.) turned in the most impressive performance on the mens side for the third consecutive meet last weekend. Bugg scored points in four of the five events he competed in, including the 55 meter hurdles, which he won in a time of 7.57 seconds. Bugg also scored in the 55 meter dash, the long jump and high jump. Other noteworthy performances were provided by Jason Joubert (Rockville, Md.), who won the 400 meters (50.52) and miler Matt Green (Etna, N.H.), who had a PR in the mile (4:21.44). Junior Jamie Wu (Chicago, Ill.), a starter on the offensive line for the Terps football team, made his 99 debut with fifth-place finishes in the shot and weight throw.

Eleven individuals on the womens side and three on the mens side have qualified for the ECAC Indoor and IC4A Indoor Championships, respectively, to date. Both the womens and mens 4x400 relays teams have also qualified.

ECAC Qualifiers
Cathy Porter (20-lb. weight)
Heather Atkinson (20-lb. weight)
Melody Vaughn (long jump)
Nikki Webster (triple jump)
Jaime Dorshimer (pole vault)
Thema Napier (55 hurdles)
Stacey Minott (55 meters)
Tiffany Hester (55 hurdles)
Stacey Minott (60 meters)
Vanessa Jones (high jump)
Candyce DeLoatch (400)

Womens 4x400 relay

IC4A Qualifiers
Asa Heath (55 hurdles)
Dontae Bugg (55 hurdles)
Jason Joubert (500 meters)
Mens 4x400 relay

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