Terps Place Two in Millrose Games

Feb. 4, 2005

NEW YORK - Gerrick McPhearson and Dominic Berger of Maryland each performed on one of track and field's brightest stages Friday night, running at Madison Square Garden in the famous Millrose Games.

McPhearson finished sixth in the final of the men's 60-meter dash, running a time of 6.85 seconds. Rubin Williams of Tennessee won the men's 60 in 6.73 seconds. McPhearson had qualified for the final earlier in the day with a mark of 6.81, run at the New Balance Armory Collegiate Invitational.

Berger, a Maryland freshman, also finished sixth at the Garden on Friday night, running 8.06 in the men's 60-meter hurdles. That event was won by Aries Merritt, who went 7.75. Berger had qualified for the run at MSG with a personal-best of 8.01 earlier in the day.

The finals of the 60-meter dash and the 60-meter hurdles were run at the Millrose Games as part of the New Balance Armory Collegiate meet.

"Of the 12 runners on the men's side who qualified to go to the Garden, Maryland has two of those athletes. That's very special for our program," said head coach Andrew Valmon.

Also on Friday, freshman Also on Friday, Toni Aluko cleared a personal-record of 5 feet, 10 inches to win the women's high jump at the Armory Collegiate meet. Aluko, whose previous season-best was 5-6, hit a provisional-qualifying mark for the NCAA Indoor Nationals, to be held in March.

Sophomore Zhanna Barer won the women's pole vault at 12-5, also hitting a season-best mark for the Terrapins.

Action at the New Balance Armory Collegiate continues through Saturday.