Maryland Women's Track Team Completes Stellar Season

June 9, 2000

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland women's track team finished third at the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships, seventh at the ECAC Championships and won the Maryland and Terrapin Invitationals. Maryland's third-place finish at the ACC Championships in Durham, N.C., was its highest since finishing third during the 1988 outdoor conference championships. The Terps' seventh-place finish at the ECAC Championships at Princeton, N.J., was their highest since a fourth-place finish during the 1984 season. Junior Vanessa Jones (Olney, Md.) was the only member of the women's team to compete at the NCAA Championships, where she finished 17th in the high jump event.

Jones Jumps In NCAA Championship Meet Junior Vanessa Jones finished 17th in the high jump event at the NCAA Championships at Wallace Wade Stadium on the campus of Duke University. Jones, competing among the nation's top collegiate jumpers, finished second among Atlantic Coast Conference student-athletes with a jump of 5-8. Erin Aldrich of Texas won the event with a jump of 6-2 ľ. Jones enjoyed one of the top high-jumping seasons in school history this spring. She finished first at the ACC outdoor championships and jumped a career-high of 6-0 ˝ at the Seminole Twilight meet on May 13. Her mark of 6-0 ˝ has qualified her for the upcoming Olympic Trials. Jones entered the 2000 spring season with a career-best jump of 5-8 ľ. She tied or bettered that mark four times during the season. She is a two-time All-ACC honoree and a two-time ECAC qualifier.

Terps Successful At ECAC Championships Senior All-American Candyce DeLoatch (Pittsgrove, N.J.) finished second in the 400-meter dash and anchored the Terps' 4x400-meter relay team to a second-place finish in leading Maryland to a sixth-place finish at the ECAC/IC4A championships. Maryland finished as the highest-ranking ACC team with 39 total points during the four-day meet. DeLoatch ran her third best time of the spring season in placing second and earning eight points toward the Terps' team total. She finished only 25 one-hundredths of a second behind the winner, Carron Allen of Georgetown. DeLoatch then ran the lead leg on Maryland's 4x100-meter relay team that finished in second place. She teamed with Tia Burley (Baltimore, Md.), Lynn Harris (Newark, Del.) and Thema Napier (Columbia, Md.) to finish in a time of 46.39. DeLoatch then anchored the Terps' 4x400-meter relay that finished fifth in the finals of the event. She teamed with Burley, Napier and Dionne Hamilton (Hampton, Va.) to gain eight team points. Napier also scored points in two individual events. She finished fifth in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles in a time of 1:01.31 and eighth in the 100-meter high hurdles in a time of 14.47. In addition to her pair of top finishes on the relay teams, Burley finished fifth in the 200-meter dash in a time of 24.22. Her time on Sunday was only nine tenths of a second off of her season best.

Terps Earn Highest ACC Finish Since 1987 Junior Stacey Minott (Greenburg, N.Y.), who placed third in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.97 and 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 earned all-conference accolades. In addition, sophomore Thema Napier placed fourth in the 400 hurdles with a time of 59.99, and freshman Tia Burley 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.

Minott Establishes School Record In 100 Meter Dash Senior sprinter Stacey Minott set a new school record in the 100 meter dash was named the ACC Performer of the Week honors for her effort at the Terrapin Invitational on April 9. Minott broke the school record in the 100-meters as she finished first with a time of 11.51 to lead the Terps to the team victory. Minott, who owned the previous school record of 11.63, is the first Terp to win the ACC award during the outdoor season.

2000 Meet Results
M18	VCU Invitational        NTS
M23-27	Alabama Relays          6th
A1	Maryland Invitational   1st
A8	Terrapin Invitational   1st
A21-22	ACC Championships       3rd
M6	Georgia Invitational    NTS
M6	George Mason Invit.     NTS
M12-13	JMU Last Chance         NTS
M12-13	Seminole Twilight       NTS
M18-21	ECAC/IC4A               7th
M31-J3	NCAA                    --

Career Bests Established During
The 2000 Spring Season
Tia Burley          400 Meters     54.50
Kelly Crowley       1500 Meters    4:41.95
Kelly Crowley       3000 Meters    10:06.06
Candyce DeLoatch    200 Meters     23.95
Candyce DeLoatch    Long Jump      19-5 1/2
Candyce DeLoatch    Triple Jump    38-9 1/2
Natalie Dye         Pole Vault     10-10
Lynn Harris         Long Jump      19-11 3/4
Labelle Hillgrove   Discus         144-4
Labelle Hillgrove   Hammer         97-6
Heather Houston     Triple Jump    34-7
Heather Houston	    Javelin        76-1 1/2
Vanessa Jones	    High Jump      6-0 1/2
Meghan Krodel 	    Hammer         140-2
Ruth Kura	    Hammer         152-1
Thema Napier	    100 Hurdles    14.34
Tracy Ojeniyi	    Shot Put       46-10 3/4
Angeline Rosamilia  Javelin        120-10
Keri Seher          1500 Meter     4:47.11
Amber Stanley       100 Hurdles    14.32
Amber Stanley       Long Jump      17-8 3/4
Amber Stanley       Shot Put       35-6 1/2
Amber Stanley       Heptathlon     4204
Lora Stutzman       800 Meters     2:27.05
Lora Stutzman       100 Hurdles    17.13
Lora Stutzman       Discus         101-10
Lora Stutzman       Heptathlon     3403
Lora Stutzman       High Jump      4-7 3/4
Lora Stutzman       Long Jump      14-6
Lora Stutzman       Shot Put       30-5 3/4
Rashida Twiggs      200 Meter      25.52

2000 Outdoor All-ACC Honors
Candyce DeLoatch    200, 400 Meters
Vanessa Jones	    High Jump
Stacey Minott       100 Meters
Tracy Ojeniyi       Shot Put

2000 Outdoor NCAA Qualifiers
Vanessa Jones       High Jump

2000 Outdoor ECAC Qualifiers
Tia Burley          400 Meters. 400 Hurdles
Punnie Chittchang   Long Jump
Candyce DeLoatch    200, 400 Meters
Natalie Dye         Pole Vault
Lynn Harris         Long Jump
Vanessa Jones       High Jump
Stacey Minott       100 Meters
Thema Napier        100 Hurdles
Tracy Ojeniyi       Shot Put
Rashida Twiggs      100 Meters
4x100 relay
4x400 relay