Aluko Second At Penn Relays

April 27, 2007

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - University of Maryland track and field had several individuals compete Thursday in the 113th annual Penn Relays in Philadelphia at Franklin Field.

Junior Toni Aluko highlighted Maryland's performances with a second-place finish in the women's high jump. Aluko, who captured the 2007 Atlantic Coast Conference title in the event last weekend, posted an ECAC-qualifying mark of 5-7.75.

Also posting ECAC-qualifying marks Thursday were senior Zakiya Shivers and junior Aysha Gregory in the women's hammer throw. Shivers came in seventh (173-2) while Gregory followed in eighth with a mark of 172-2.

Shivers went on to finish 16th in the women's discus throw with an ECAC-qualifying mark of 141-9.

Junior Jillian Anwah took ninth in the championship for the women's shot put (44-6.25). Senior Kristina Keegan placed second in her heat of the 400-meter hurdles. She finished with a time of 1:03.61.

On the men's side, freshman Greg Kelsey ran the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 9:32.77 to finish 14th in the event.

Competition at the Penn Relays will continue Friday and will run through Saturday evening.

WOMEN'S INDIVIDUAL RESULTS (First place and Maryland Finishers)
-400-Meter Hurdles - 1. (Heat 8) Ashantia Harris, Georgia State, 1:02.71, 2. (Heat 8) Kristina Keegan, Maryland, 1:03.61.
-High Jump - 1. Jillian Drouin, Syracuse, 5-8.75, 2. Toni Aluko, Maryland, 5-7.75.
-Hammer Throw - 1. Kimery Hern, Georgia Tech, 187-5...7. Zakiya Shivers, Maryland, 173-2, 8. Aysha Gregory, Maryland, 172-2.
-Shot Put - 1. Michelle Carter, Texas, 56-6...9. Jillian Anwah, Maryland, 44-06.25.
-Discus Throw - 1. Samantha Musil, Georgia Tech, 157-10...16. Zakiya Shivers, Maryland, 141-9.

MEN'S INDIVIDUAL RESULTS (First place and Maryland Finishers)
-3,000-Meter Steeplechase - 1. Brian Dalpiaz, Georgetown , 9:05.25...14. Greg Kelsey, Maryland, 9:32.77.