Track Teams Prepare For One Of Season's Biggest Tests, Penn Relays

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April 24, 2000

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The men's and women's track teams will travel to Philadelphia, Pa., this weekend to take part in one of the nation's largest and most prestigious competitions, the Penn Relays.

The women's team will be looking to build upon last weekend's success at the ACC Outdoor Championships, where the team earned its highest ACC finish in 13 years. The Terps will be pitted against some of the nation's finest collegiate athletes in what may be considered a measuring stick for the teams' progress this season.

Following the Penn Relays, Maryland will compete at Texas A&M on May 6, and then the Terps will have one final chance to qualify for ECAC and IC4A competition at the Madison Last Chance Meet on May 12-13.

Women's Team Earns Highest ACC Finish Since 1987

Junior Vanessa Jones (Olney, Md.) won the ACC Championship in the high jump with a leap of 6-0 to lead the University of Maryland women's track team to a third-place finish at the ACC Outdoor Championships on Saturday.

Jones, whose previous career best was 5-11 ľ, improved on her NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 5-11 ľ. The automatic mark is 6-0 ľ.

In addition, senior Candyce DeLoatch (Pittsgrove, N.J.) finished second in the 400 (53.21) and third in the 200 (24.20), earning All-ACC honors in both events. DeLoatch, who narrowly missed breaking her own school record in the 400 (53.16), improved on her NCAA provisional qualifying time in that event. The automatic standard is 52.20.

Also earning All-ACC honors for the Terps were senior Stacey Minott (Greenburg, N.Y.), who placed third in the 100 with a time of 11.97, sophomore Tracy Ojeniyi (Sewell, N.J.), who placed third in the shot put with a mark of 46-10 ľ, and the 4x100 (third, 45.97) and 4x400 (second, 3:41.79) relay teams. The top three finishers in each event earn all-conference accolades.

In addition, sophomore Thema Napier (Columbia, Md.) placed fourth in the 400 hurdles with a time of 59.99, and freshman Tia Burley (Baltimore, Md.) finished fourth in the 200 with a mark of 54.21.

Florida State won the meet, followed by North Carolina and Maryland. The third-place finish for the Terps was the team's highest in 13 years.

Men's Team Places Ninth At ACCs

In men's ACC Championships action, senior John Carr (Washington, D.C.) placed sixth in the 100 with a time of 10.96. The 4x400 relay team took fifth with a time of 3:15.00, while the 4x100 relay team finished sixth with a mark of 42.55. The men's team placed ninth overall.

Clemson won the meet, followed by Florida State and North Carolina State.

Women's Team Ranked 16th In National Dual Meet Power Rankings

The women's team is currently ranked 16th in the National Indoor Power Rankings, compiled by Idaho State University. The team closed the indoor season in 16th place. The men's team is currently in 53rd place.

Goodman Wins ACC Indoor Coach Of The Year Maryland head coach Bill Goodman was named the ACC Women's Indoor Track and Field Coach of the Year following a vote by the nine ACC head coaches after the ACC Indoor Championships.

Goodman received the honor, his first ACC Coach of the Year award, after leading the women to a third place finish at the ACC Indoor Championships on Feb. 19. The finish, the team's best since 1988, tied the highest in school history.

2000 Outdoor Schedule

M18	UNC Wilmington
	at Wilmington, N.C.
M23-	Alabama Relays
27	at Tuscaloosa, Ala.
A1	Maryland Invitational
	at College Park, Md.
A8	Terrapin Invitational
	at College Park, Md.
A21-	ACC Championships
22	at Durham, N.C.
A27-	Penn Relays
29	at Philadelphia, Pa.
M6	Texas A&M
	at College Station, Texas
M12-	Madison Last Chance
13	at Harrisonburg, Va.
M13	Mason/Adidas Invitational
	at Fairfax, Va.
M18-	ECAC/IC4A Championships
21	at Princeton, N.J.
M31-	NCAA Championships
J3	at Durham, N.C.

2000 Outdoor All-ACC Performers

Candyce DeLoatch (200, 400)
Vanessa Jones (HJ)
Stacey Minott (100)
Tracy Ojeniyi (shot put)