March 25, 2002
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - After claiming two ACC Indoor Championships last month, sophomore Toni Jefferson (Baltimore, Md.) didn't take long during the outdoor season to once again put her name in the record books when she broke the school record in 200 meters at the Alabama Relays this past weekend.
Jefferson finished second with a time of 23.85, eclipsing junior Tia Burley's (Baltimore, Md.) previous school record of 23.91. She also had a strong showing in the 100 meters finishing fourth at 12.01.
Senior Thema Napier (Columbia, Md.), the school's most decorated hurdler, provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championship by finishing third in the 400-meter hurdles (58.73). She pulled double duty by claiming fourth in the 100-meter hurdles (14.13).
Rounding out the top performances on the track was Burley who took fifth in the 200 meters (23.93) and freshman Bridget Baker (Elkridge, Md.) who paced the distance runners by finishing sixth in the 10,000 meters (38:19.27).
In the field events, senior Tracy Ojeniyi (Sewell, N.J.) also kept the momentum from the indoor season rolling finishing second in the shot put (47-3). Sophomore Labelle Hillgrove (Passaic, N.J.) set a new career high in the discus (144-6) on her way to a fourth place finish.
Junior Heather Houston (Fort Washington, Md.) claimed the final top-five finish in the field events for the Terps long jumping her way to a fifth place finish (18-11.75).
On the men's side, freshman Rob Frelow (White Plains, N.Y.) began the second half of his debut campaign claiming the team's best finish in the sprints by finishing fifth in the 400 meters (47.77).
The 10,000-meter race also proved to be a strong event on the men's side with two runners placing in the top five. Junior Mike Prada (Fulton, Md.) finished fourth (31:28.12), while freshman Matt Adami (Mount Airy, Md.) came in fifth (31:47.13).
The Terps enjoy a week off for Spring Break and will be back in action at the team's first home meet of the season on April 6 at the Kehoe Track and Field Facility on campus.
Track contact: Chris Stuchko