Jan. 3, 2003
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -
There will be no month-long winter break for the members of the men's and women's indoor track and field team. Instead, the Terps will compete in three meets in January, the first of which is this weekend's Terrapin/PVA Invitational.
The 2003 Terrapin/PVA Invitational
The meet will be held Saturday, Jan. 4, at the Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex in Landover, Md.
The invitational marks the second of three home meets for the Terps this indoor season.
Attending the meet will be various teams throughout the East, including: Bowie State, Coppin State, Delaware State, Frostburg State, Hampton, Howard, Johns Hopkins, Morgan State, Mount Saint Mary's, North Carolina Central, Saint Joseph's, South Carolina State, Southern Virginia, UMBC and UMES.
Field events will begin at 9 a.m. with the weight throw and will conclude with the triple jump at 3:30 p.m.. Running events will start at 10 a.m. with the unseeded mile race and will end at 5:20 p.m. with the 4x400 meter relay. Times are approximate and are subject to change.
Complete results of Terrapin/PVA Invitational will be available following the conclusion of competition at the Maryland men's and women's track and field web pages.
Following this weekend, the Terps will compete at the Delaware Invitational on Jan. 10, which will be the team's first scoring meet of the year.
Recap of the Maryland Invitational
The men's track team opened its indoor season with the Dec. 7 Maryland/PVA Invitational, held at the Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex. This marked the second year in a row the team opened its season with a home meet.
In the distance events, sophomore Florent Groberg (Potomac, Md.) led the way, taking second place in the mile with a time of 4:22.04. Finishing two seconds behind him was fellow sophomore Mike Fleg (Clarksville, Md.), in third. In the 5,000 meter event, sophomore Natty Zola took third with a time of 16:15.92.
Junior Harold Manning (Glen Burnie, Md.) headlined the sprints category by finishing in second place in the 200 meter with a time of 22.49. In the 400 meter run, sophomore Rob Frelow (White Plains, N.Y.) gained another second place finish for the Terps, posting a 49.40.
In the jumps and throws areas, two lone Terps represented their team well. Senior Adrian Nelson (Washington, D.C.) placed fourth in the high jump with a 2.00 meter effort, and sophomore Beau Fay (Falls Church, Va.) took second in the weight throw with a distance of 14.27 meters.
The women's team began the 2002-03 indoor campaign on a positive note, with several high finishes. Junior Toni Jefferson won the 60 meter dash finals in a time of 7.56, junior Devenn Hamilton won the 400 meters in a time of 56.64, and Kierra Foster won two events (60 meter hurdles and long jump). The Terps won both the 4x400 and distance medley relay events.
A Look Back at the 2001 Terrapin Invitational
Leading the men in the 60 meter hurdlers were seniors Phillip Barrett and Dontae Bugg. Barrett finished second with a time of 8.09 that qualified him for the IC4A Championships. Bugg finished fourth with a time of 8.27.
The 4x400-meter relay team also had a strong showing for the Terps, coming in second place with a time of 3:21.15. They finished only two seconds behind the relay team from Georgetown that took first in the event.
Junior Adrian Nelson (Washington, D.C.) had a notable performance, taking fourth in the high jump with a 1.93-meter jump.
Also, Paul Dorsey (Frederick, Md.) contributed a sixth place finish in the 800 meters, posting a time of 1:59.35.
Natalie Dye (pole vault) and Toni Jefferson (200 meters) both captured individual crowns, and the Terps won the 4x400 relay.