May 13, 2012
PRINCETON, N.J. - Zack Ray won both hurdle events by 0.01 seconds to pace the University of Maryland's five event titles over the weekend at the IC4A / ECAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships hosted by Princeton University.
Ray had career-bests in each event to earn photo-finish victories in the 110-meter and 400-meter hurdles on Sunday. He joined fellow senior Jon Hill, who cleared a career-best 7 feet, 2.25 inches to win the men's high jump, as individual champions in the 136th running of the IC4A Outdoor Championships.
Senior Kiani Profit won the women's 400-meter hurdle title Sunday just before Ray took the men's win in the same event. Profit , a three-time All-American for the Terps in the combined events, ran 58.40 seconds to win the ECAC final on Sunday.
Maryland's 4x800 relay team of Maryam Fikri, Julie Sinkovitz, Taylor Bumpas and Myah Hicks easily won the event in a school-record time of 8:44.98. They cruised to the win over Duquesne, which was second in 8:52.15. The Terps were seeded fourth coming into Sunday's final. The old school record of 8:47.08 was set earlier this season at the Penn Relays.
The Maryland school record was one of two to fall during the 27th annual ECAC Championships for the women. Senior Ashley Cromartie ran 10:34.62 in the women's 3,000 steeplechase on Friday to finish fourth and break her own school record of 10:39.44, set at this season's Atlantic Coast Conference Championships.
Maryland's women scored 43 points to place fourth in the team standings, only one point behind Cornell. Duke won the women's team championship with 77.5 points, with Connecticut in second at 59.
The 10 points won in each of the three events gave the Maryland men 30 points for the meet and a 10th-place finish in the team standings. George Mason had 59 points to win the men's team title, ahead of Cornell (52), Hampton (47) and UMES (44).
The victories by the Maryland men marked only the second time in more than 25 years the Terrapins had won events at the eastern championships. The Terrapins captured the 4x100 relay in 2006.
Both point totals and finishes were the best for the Terrapins in head coach Andrew Valmon's nine seasons at Maryland.
Maryland will compete next in the NCAA East Regional Prelims to be held May 24 to 26 in Jacksonville, Fla. The prelims serve as the first and second rounds of the NCAA National Championships. Invitations to the prelims will be based on the top marks in both the East and West regions and will be announced later this week.
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