Track Regroups, Prepares for Outdoor Season

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March 8, 1999

at Hurricane Invitational
Date: Saturday, March 20
Site: Miami, Fla.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - With the indoor track season now finished, the teams' focus has shifted to the outdoor season which begins March 20 in Miami, Fla. The teams have two weeks to recover from the hectic indoor season and to prepare for the Hurricane Invitational that will kick off the outdoor season. The teams will look to build upon what has been a productive indoor season that included 15 ECAC qualifiers, nine IC4A qualifiers, and one NCAA qualifier. In addition, the women's track team fared well enough to be ranked as high as fifth in the National Dual Meet Power Rankings which are compiled by Idaho State University. The men's team rose as high as 29th in the same rankings. Both teams will try to build upon the strong indoor performances of two freshmen, Ruth Kura (North Potomac, Md.) and Dontae Bugg (Newport News, Va.). Both Bugg and Kura should continue to develop going into the second part of their respective freshman years.

Junior sprinter Candyce DeLoatch (Pittsgrove, N.J.) ran the 400 meters in 54.53 on Friday afternoon in the preliminary heats of the NCAA Women's Indoor Track Championships to place 13th overall. The top eight finishers in the preliminary heats qualify for the finals.

The Terps' record-holder in the indoor and outdoor 400, DeLoatch was clocked as the seventh-fastest American in the trials while earning All-America honors from among the runners assembled at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis.

"I felt like she had a solid race," head coach Bill Goodman said. "She came through the 200 with the leaders, but broke her momentum a little and never regained her pace. I'm disappointed she couldn't make it to the finals, but when you're the seventh-fastest American in anything, that's pretty good."

Junior John Carr (Washington, D.C.) placed in the top 20 of two events in the preliminary rounds of the Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America (IC4A) Championships to lead the University of Maryland men's team last weekend. Carr ran the 60 in 7.04 seconds, which was good for the 17th best qualifying time. He also had the 18th best time of 22.44 in the 200. In addition, the Terps' 4x400 relay team placed 16th in the qualifying round with a time of 3:19.69.

In the finals of the long jump, junior Cedrick Rogers placed ninth with a jump of 22-11 3/4. Georgetown University won the competition with a score of 99 points. Following them were Virginia Tech (56), Liberty (51.5), Penn State (42), and James Madison (39).

ON THE MEN'S INDOOR SEASON: "We knew going in that we would have to be at our best every week. I told them to get their schoolwork done, show up to practice, work hard, and give me everything they had. Generally, we were pleased with the way they took on the task that we asked them to take on."

ON THE WOMEN'S INDOOR SEASON: "I think we made improvements, of course. We had a good conference meet. We were very competitive in almost every meet we were in. I feel like the seniors stepped up and showed leadership like we hoped they would. There were certain aspects of the team that we hoped would carry us, and I think they really came through for us. I think we had one of the best indoors we've ever had."

By running the seventh best time in the 400 by an American, Candyce DeLoatch became only the third All-American in the 1990's for the women's team. Kerrie Bowes was an All-American in both the mile and the 1500 in 1996. Marchelle Payne was an All-American in the triple jump four times from 1990-1992.

NCAA Qualifiers
Candyce DeLoatch (400, prov.)

ECAC Qualifiers
Cathy Porter (20-lb. weight)
Heather Atkinson (20-lb. weight)
Melody Vaughn (long jump)
Nikki Webster (TJ/LJ/500 meters)
Jaime Dorshimer (pole vault)
Thema Napier (55 hurdles)
Stacey Minott (60 meters/55)
Tiffany Hester (55 hurdles)
Vanessa Jones (high jump)
Candyce DeLoatch (200/400)
Tesheya Hoist (200 meters)
Ruth Kura (20 lb. weight)
Rebecca Mack (1000/800)
Distance Medley relay
Women's 4x400 relay

IC4A Qualifiers
Cedric Rogers (long jump)
John Carr (60, 200)
Asa Heath (55 hurdles)
Dontae Bugg (55 hurdles)
Jamie Wu (35 lb. weight/shot put)
Jason Joubert (500 meters)
Men's 4x400 relay