Track Heads South For Saturday's George Mason Invitational

April 30, 2002

George Mason Invitational
May 4, 2002
George Mason Stadium
Fairfax, Va.

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Back In Action At George Mason

* After a successful weekend at the Penn Relays, the Terps will head south to compete in the George Mason Invitational in Fairfax. Va. The 10 school field will begin the field events at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, while the running gets underway at noon.

Mark Your Calendars

* In addition to this week's schedule change, the Terps also added another meet to their outdoor campaign. The team will now send competitors to the Towson Invitational on Friday, May 10. The team will still compete at the James Madison Invitational the weekend of May 10 and 11. The Terps will then end their season with a trip to the ECAC/ IC4A Championships in Princeton, N.J. May 15 to 19.

Same Place, New Record

* On the final day of the Penn Relays, the women's 4x400-meter relay team went out in style shattering a school record and won their event. The relay team comprised of senior Thema Napier (Columbia, Md.), junior Devenn Hamilton (Hampton, Va.), junior Tia Burley (Baltimore, Md.) and sophomore Toni Jefferson (Baltimore, Md.) took first place in the ECAC division of the 4x400-meter relay by over 2 seconds defeating Pittsburgh in a time of 3:37.86. It broke the previous record (3:38.87) by over a second set by the same four women at last year's Penn Relays.

More From The Relays

* Napier had a busy weekend in Philadelphia in addition to her record setting leg on the 4x400-meter relay team. She placed eighth out of 62 hurdlers during Thursday's 400-meter hurdles with a time of 59.23 and also ran in the 100-meter hurdles.

* The women's 4x100-meter relay team also fared well over the weekend taking third in the ECAC division. The team of senior Amber Stanley (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.), junior Rashida Twiggs (Blue Bell, Pa.), Burley and Jefferson won their qualifying heat with a time of 46.59 on Thursday to move on to Friday's final. In the final, the team shaved over .50 seconds off their time racing to a finishing time of 46.05.

* Junior high jumper Adrian Nelson (Washington, D.C.) had the best finish for the men placing seventh in the college men Eastern division. His leap of 6-7.50 was also enough to give him a new season best mark.

* Junior long jumper Heather Houston (Fort Washington, Md.) had a strong showing in the field at the Relays. She finished sixth in the college women Easter division with a jump of 18-8.75.

* In her second consecutive Penn Relays, senior Tracy Ojeniyi (Sewell, N.J.) placed well coming in fifth in the college women Eastern division. Her throw of 43-7 gave her almost a two foot victory over Lexi Benamati of Penn State.

* Senior Ruth Kura (Potomac, Md.) took eighth place in her final college women's hammer throw. Her throw of 173-11 was her second-best effort during the outdoor season.

* Freshman Ian Moore (Mt. Laurel, N.J.) and senior Phillip Barrett (Upper Marlboro, Md.) both competed in the hurdle events. Moore raced in Saturday's 400-meter hurdles and came away with a respectable time of 54.60. Barrett, competing against some of the nation's top hurdlers, didn't place well in his individual heat but posted a strong time of 14.80.

Track contact: Chris Stuchko
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