Feb. 18, 2007
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Sophomore Chanel Williams posted the second-fastest women's 55-meter hurdles mark in University of Maryland history Saturday, while junior Toni Aluko had a career-best in the women's triple jump to lead Terrapin performances in the Virginia Tech Challenge indoor track and field meet held at Virginia Tech's Rector Field House.
The meet was the final tuneup for next weekend's Atlantic Coast Conference Indoor Championships and showed that the Terrapins are ready.
Highlighting the Maryland men's performances, junior Dominic Berger posted a mark of 6.55 in the 55-meter dash and followed with a meet-best 7.37 in the prelims of the 55-meter hurdles, while football wide receiver Danny Oquendo stepped onto the track and posted the Terps' fourth-best mark ever in the hurdles at 7.62 seconds.
Williams finished second in the finals of the women's 55-meter hurdles in 8.12 seconds. Her mark was just behind only the school record of 7.97 posted by Paula Girven in 1979. Aluko had a leap of 39 feet, 11.50 inches to place fourth in the women's triple jump, besting her indoor career-best in that event by 17 inches and moving her from eighth to fourth on the Terps' all-time list in that event. The mark also qualified her for the ECAC Indoor Championships in early March.
Also for the Terps, Kaitlyn Fitzgerald had a personal indoor best with a leap of 12-0.50 in the women's pole vault, earning an ECAC-qualifying mark. It was her first indoor jump over 12 feet in the pole vault and earned her eighth place in the competition.
Other Maryland women had a number of season-best performances over the weekend. Tolulope Olugbemi and Natalie Goodman each had their fastest times of the year in the women's 400, while Kristin Reed and Kylynn McKinley had their best marks of the year in the women's mile. Melissa Mark cut three seconds off her 800-meter best (2:17.97), while Andrea Rothschild had a 10-second cut off her time in the 3,000 (10:32.86).
Maryland's 4x400 relay team earned an ECAC-qualifying mark with a fifth-place finish at 3:51.24.
Oquendo was making his debut for the track and field team and tied for sixth in the semifinals of the men's 55-meter hurdles. Berger's mark of 6.55 in the men's 55-meter dash moved him into sixth all-time on that list, while football player Richard Taylor jumped into eighth all-time with his time of 6.63 seconds.
David Edwards-Brennan got a top-10 finish for the Maryland men with his fifth-place standing in the men's high jump (6-6.75). Season-bests posted this weekend by the Maryland men included Josh Davis, whose 4:17.41 in the mile was the Terps' best of the season; Zach Martinez and Ben Diestel, also in the mile; and Tommy Friscia in the 1,000 meters.
The ACC Indoor Championships, to be held at Clemson, begin with combined-event competitions on Thursday. The meet continues through Saturday afternoon.
WOMEN'S INDIVIDUAL RESULTS (First-place and Maryland results)
MEN'S INDIVIDUAL RESULTS