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Terps Open 2008 Season at Virginia Tech Invitational
Courtesy: Maryland Athletics
Release: 01/12/2008

Jan. 12, 2008

BLACKSBURG, Va. - The University of Maryland track and field team opened its 2008 season with 14 top-ten finishers at the Virginia Tech Invitational yesterday. Kyle Rauser posted a first-place finish in the 800 meters, with a time of 1:54.63. Teammates Josh Davis (1:56.09) and Zach Martinez (1:57.34) placed fourth and sixth in the event.

Dominic Berger and Adam Durham placed second and third respectively, and were the top-two collegiate finishers in the 55-meter hurdles. Berger posted a time of 7.40 and Durham finished in 7.42.

On the women's side, Libby Babcock led the Terps with a second-place finish in the 800 meters. She had a time of 2:18.54 and finished just ahead of teammate Melissa Mark, who had a time of 2:18.72 and placed third.

In her first collegiate meet, freshman Kiani Profit posted a sixth-place finish in the 300-meter dash with a time of 39.79. In the same event, junior transfer Michelle Fedrick placed eighth with a time of 40.01.

The Terrapins also had four top-15 finishers in the weight throw. Jillian Anwah led the way with a throw of 58-06.75, which was good for a third-place finish. Aysha Gregory placed fifth with a mark of 51-06.25, Katelyn Poss threw for 47-05.25 and placed 11th and Kristen Batts had a throw of 46-04.25 and placed 15th.

Christina Smith placed seventh in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 8.28.

The Terps continue their 2008 season today in the second day of the Virginia Tech Invitational.

WOMEN'S INDIVIDUAL RESULTS (First Place and Maryland Finishers) -
300-Meter Dash - 1. Britni Spruill, Virginia Tech, 37.93... 6. Kiani Profit, Maryland, 39.79; 8. Michelle Fedrick, Maryland, 40.01; 18. Crystal Bardge, Maryland, 40.55; 19. Christina Smith, Maryland, 40.91.
500-Meter Dash - 1. Alexanderia Spruiel, NC A&T, 1:12.20... 17. Katie Rogus, Maryland, 1:17.82; 27. Natasha Emmanuel, Maryland, 1:19.81.
800 Meters - 1. Ashley Hodges, Howard, 2:18.30; 2. Libby Babcock, Maryland, 2:18.54; 3. Melissa Mark, Maryland, 2:18.72.
55-Meter Hurdles - 1. Kristi Castlin, Virginia Tech, 7.59... 7. Christina Smith, Maryland, 8.28.
Pole Vault - 1. Ashley Early, Virginia Tech, 13-00.25... 8. Kaitlyn Fitzgerald, Maryland, 11-01.75.
Weight Throw - 1. Kristen Callan, Virginia Tech, 61-08.50... 3. Jillian Anwah, 58-06.75; 5. Aysha Gregory, Maryland, 51-06.25; 11. Katelyn Poss, Maryland, 47-05.25; 15. Kristen Batts, Maryland, 46-04.25.

MEN'S INDIVIDUAL RESULTS (First Place and Maryland Finishers) -
300-Meter Dash - 1. Darius Law, Charlotte, 34.16... 6. Earl Gray, Maryland, 34.61.
800 Meters - 1. Kyle Rauser, Maryland, 1:54.63... 4. Josh Davis, Maryland, 1:56.09; 6. Zach Martinez, Maryland, 1:57.34.
55-Meter Hurdles - 1. Jacoby DuBose, Unattached, 7.33... 2. Dominic Berger, Maryland, 7.40; 3. Adam Durham, Maryland, 7.42.



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