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Track Teams Travel to George Mason for First of Two Meets
Courtesy: Maryland Athletics
Release: 06/21/1999

May 3, 1999

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Marylands track teams will travel to Fairfax, Va., this weekend to compete at the Mason Springs Invitational. The meet will be the first of two heavily contested meets at which the Terps will compete on the campus of George Mason University. Next weekend Maryland will take part in the George Mason Adidas Invitational.

At the conclusion of the second meet in Fairfax, the Terps will have completed a pivotal part of their schedule that started two weeks ago at the ACC Championships. Following the George Mason Adidas Invite, the teams will have one more opportunity to qualify for ECAC, IC4A, and NCAA competition at the Last Chance Invitational hosted by James Madison University.

WOMENS RELAY TEAMS IMPRESSIVE AT PENN RELAYS
Three top-10 finishes by the womens relay teams highlighted the Terps performance at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia, Pa., last weekend.

The 4x100 relay team, which took first at the Penn Relays last year, placed fourth this year with a time of 46.29 seconds. The 4x400 relay team finished third with a time of 3:41.99. In addition, the shuttle hurdle relay team placed seventh with a time of 59.77.

Junior Cathy Porter (Millersville, Md.) and senior Heather Atkinson (Urbana, Ill.) also turned in strong performances for the women. Porter placed ninth in the hammer with a throw of 165-1. Atkinson took 10th in the same event with a distance of 165-0. In addition, freshman Tracy Ojeniyi (Sewell, N.J.) placed 22nd in the shot put with a throw of 39-6.

Senior Dessalyn Jolley (Trenton, N.J) and freshman Thema Napier (Columbia, Md.) both fared well in the 400 hurdles. Jolley took 15th with a time of 60.40 and Napier took 21st with a time of 60.98.

The men were led by junior Jason Joubert (Rockville, Md.). Joubert placed 13th in the 400 hurdles with a time of 52.95. Fellow hurdler Dontae Bugg took 26th place in the 110 hurdles with a time of 15.04. The 4x400 relay team ran the seventh fastest time of 3:18.46 in their heat.

MARYLAND WOMEN 17TH IN NATIONAL DUAL MEET RANKINGS; MEN 50TH
The womens track team ranks 17th in the latest edition of the outdoor National Dual Meet Power Rankings, which are compiled by Idaho State University. The women are coming off last weekends Penn Relays, which are not team-scored. The men, ranked 32nd last week, placed 50th this week in the same rankings.

SCHOOL RECORDS CONTINUE TO FALL
A total of seven womens school records have been broken since the beginning of the indoor season, one more than all of last year. 1998-99 has seen more womens records fall than any other year except the 1996-97 season, in which eight new records were established.

Junior Candyce DeLoatch (Pittsgrove, N.J.) has re-established the womens standard in the 400. She broke the indoor record at the ACC Championships with a time of 54.17. She then broke the outdoor record at the Alabama Relays with a time of 53.76.

Freshman Ruth Kura (North Potomac, Md.) broke the record in the weight throw with a toss of 57-3 1/2 at the Delaware Invitational. Cathy Porter broke the record in the hammer with a throw of 180-10 at the ACC Championships. In addition, junior Stacey Minott (Greenburg, N.Y.) broke her own school record in the 60 with a time of 7.47 at the ACC Championships.

Freshman Thema Napier (Columbia, Md.) broke the record in the 400 hurdles with a time of 59.82 at the Maryland Invitational. A relay record also fell this year as the 4x100 team broke the previous mark at the Alabama Relays with a time of 45.58.

TERPS AMONG 17 TEAMS ENTERED IN MEET
As of Jan. 4, University of Maryland is one of 17 teams scheduled to participate in Saturdays Father Diamond Memorial Invitational. The Terps will be joined by a pair of Atlantic Coast Conference teams - Virginia and Duke - as well as host George Mason, Penn State, Syracuse, Georgetown, Villanova, William & Mary, Virginia Commonwealth, Florida International, North Carolina A&T, Norfolk State, Coppin State and LaSalle.

MARYLANDS ECAC, IC4A QUALIFIERS
Maryland had five women and two men achieve individual-event ECAC and IC4A qualifying marks, respectively, on the opening weekend of the indoor track season last month. For the women, those reaching ECAC qualifying standards included long jumper Melody Vaughn (19-3 1/4), triple jumper Nikki Webster (39-7), pole vaulter Jaime Dorshimer (10-0), 55-meter hurdler Thema Napier (8.00) and 55-meter sprinter Stacy Minott (6.9). In addition, the Terps 4x400 meter relay team of Thema Napier, Melody Vaughn, Nikki Webster and Candyce DeLoatch qualified for the ECACs with a time of 3:53.00. Individual mens IC4A qualifiers included high hurdlers Dontae Bugg (7.3) and Asa Heath (7.4). The mens 4x400 meter relay team of Trevor Graves, Justin James, Richard Mahy and Jason Joubert also qualified, posting a time of 3:21.4. The ECAC Championships are slated for Feb. 27-28 in Boston. The IC4A Championships, also to be held in Boston, will take place March 6-7. The NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships are slated for March 5-6 in Indianapolis.

QUOTING COACH BILL GOODMAN
"We got off to a good start with our performance in early December, but my concern now is how we respond coming off the Christmas holiday break. Well be working very hard these first few weeks in January to get everyone in proper shape as we look ahead to the ACC meet. The Father Diamond Invitational provides us an opportunity to participate in a quality meet in our effort to get back in proper shape. If the athletes were able to maintain their fitness levels, its certainly possible someone could hit an ECAC or IC4A qualifying mark. We used our first two meets back in December to see if we were on target or ahead of last years pace, and one the womens side I feel that we have the potential to be in the top three [of the ACC]. The concern, though, is how we come off the Christmas break. On the mens side, I felt we had a decent start in the 4x400 relay and in the hurdles with freshman Dontae Bugg and senior Asa Heath. We still need to work on some other areas. Bugg, who is a freshman, has the potential to be a very fine hurdler, one of the best weve had in some time. Heath qualified for the IC4A meet with his performance at the Navy Invitational, but he has been experiencing inflammation in the tendons in his foot and we will have to evaluate him this week to see if he competes at the Father Diamond Invitational. We need to rest him and get him ready for the conference meet. Our mile relay team, which is made up of walk-ons, has been working extremely hard and has the potential to be the best relay team weve had in the last 5-6 years. That group is comprised of Trevor Graves, Justin James, Richard Mahy and Jason Joubert, with John Carr always fighting for a spot. On the womens side, Im excited about our throwers. I feel they will be the key to our season. Another key will be keeping people healthy. Last year at the ACC womens meet, only 14 points separated the third place team from the sixth place team. If you lose someone, you could easily get knocked down a peg or two."

The meets were very successful overall for the Terps as an inordinate number of athletes qualified for the ECACs and IC4As. The upperclassmen played a pivotal role in the teams success, yet freshmen such as Dontae Bugg stepped up and showed why the Terps are poised to improve upon last years ACC finish.

TRACK TEAMS HEAD TO FATHER DIAMOND INVITATIONAL
Following a five-week break from competition, the University of Maryland mens and womens indoor track and field teams return to action this Saturday when they participate in the Father Diamond Memorial Invitational at George Mason University. Twelfth-year head coach Bill Goodman anticipates taking a contingent of 25-30 women and approximately 20-25 men to this weekends invitational at Fairfax, Va. The meet is scheduled to begin at noon at the Recreation Sports Complex on the campus of George Mason University. The Terps opened their season the weekend of Dec. 4-5 when they participated in the Navy and Bucknell invitationals, but have not competed since because of final exams and the holiday break.

TERPS AMONG 17 TEAMS ENTERED IN MEET
As of Jan. 4, University of Maryland is one of 17 teams scheduled to participate in Saturdays Father Diamond Memorial Invitational. The Terps will be joined by a pair of Atlantic Coast Conference teams - Virginia and Duke - as well as host George Mason, Penn State, Syracuse, Georgetown, Villanova, William & Mary, Virginia Commonwealth, Florida International, North Carolina A&T, Norfolk State, Coppin State and LaSalle.

MARYLANDS ECAC, IC4A QUALIFIERS
Maryland had five women and two men achieve individual-event ECAC and IC4A qualifying marks, respectively, on the opening weekend of the indoor track season last month. For the women, those reaching ECAC qualifying standards included long jumper Melody Vaughn (19-3 1/4), triple jumper Nikki Webster (39-7), pole vaulter Jaime Dorshimer (10-0), 55-meter hurdler Thema Napier (8.00) and 55-meter sprinter Stacy Minott (6.9). In addition, the Terps 4x400 meter relay team of Thema Napier, Melody Vaughn, Nikki Webster and Candyce DeLoatch qualified for the ECACs with a time of 3:53.00. Individual mens IC4A qualifiers included high hurdlers Dontae Bugg (7.3) and Asa Heath (7.4). The mens 4x400 meter relay team of Trevor Graves, Justin James, Richard Mahy and Jason Joubert also qualified, posting a time of 3:21.4. The ECAC Championships are slated for Feb. 27-28 in Boston. The IC4A Championships, also to be held in Boston, will take place March 6-7. The NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships are slated for March 5-6 in Indianapolis.

QUOTING COACH BILL GOODMAN
"We got off to a good start with our performance in early December, but my concern now is how we respond coming off the Christmas holiday break. Well be working very hard these first few weeks in January to get everyone in proper shape as we look ahead to the ACC meet. The Father Diamond Invitational provides us an opportunity to participate in a quality meet in our effort to get back in proper shape. If the athletes were able to maintain their fitness levels, its certainly possible someone could hit an ECAC or IC4A qualifying mark. We used our first two meets back in December to see if we were on target or ahead of last years pace, and one the womens side I feel that we have the potential to be in the top three [of the ACC]. The concern, though, is how we come off the Christmas break. On the mens side, I felt we had a decent start in the 4x400 relay and in the hurdles with freshman Dontae Bugg and senior Asa Heath. We still need to work on some other areas. Bugg, who is a freshman, has the potential to be a very fine hurdler, one of the best weve had in some time. Heath qualified for the IC4A meet with his performance at the Navy Invitational, but he has been experiencing inflammation in the tendons in his foot and we will have to evaluate him this week to see if he competes at the Father Diamond Invitational. We need to rest him and get him ready for the conference meet. Our mile relay team, which is made up of walk-ons, has been working extremely hard and has the potential to be the best relay team weve had in the last 5-6 years. That group is comprised of Trevor Graves, Justin James, Richard Mahy and Jason Joubert, with John Carr always fighting for a spot. On the womens side, Im excited about our throwers. I feel they will be the key to our season. Another key will be keeping people healthy. Last year at the ACC womens meet, only 14 points separated the third place team from the sixth place team. If you lose someone, you could easily get knocked down a peg or two."

OUTDOOR ECAC QUALIFIERS
Heather Atkinson (hammer)
Candyce DeLoatch (200, 400)
Tesheya Hoist (100)
Dessalyn Jolley (400)
Vanessa Jones (high jump)
Stacey Minott (100)
Thema Napier (400 hurdles)
Cathy Porter (hammer)
Melody Vaughn (100, long jump)
Nikki Webster (400, LJ, TJ)
4x100 relay, 4x400 relay

OUTDOOR IC4A QUALIFIERS
Dontae Bugg (110 hurdles)
John Carr (100)
Jason Joubert (400 hurdles)
Cedrick Rogers (LJ)
Jamie Wu (discus)
4x100 relay, 4x400 relay



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