March 11, 2005
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Kierra Foster became the University of Maryland's first All-American in track and field in three years by finishing sixth in the women's long jump Friday at the 2005 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships hosted by the University of Arkansas.
Foster, a Terrapin junior, jumped 20 feet, 10.75 inches to place sixth at the nationals. She hit her best mark on her third attempt of six in the competition, earning three team points for Maryland in the women's team standings. The Terps finished in a tie for 49th in the standings among the 67 teams which scored.
"This was a great facility for me," said Foster. "There is a long runway here and I felt very comfortable. I'm excited, but I feel like we're in the middle of a good season and I hope there's more to come."
Tianna Madison of Tennessee won the competition at 22-3. She also hit her best mark in the third round of competition. Marashevet Hooker of Texas was second at 21-6.25.
Foster had qualified sixth for the nationals with a best-mark this season of 21-2.50. She is Maryland's lone representative at the NCAA Indoor Nationals.
"We're hoping to develop a nationally prominent program at Maryland and to give our student-athletes the opportunity to shoot for the stars," said Maryland Head Coach Andrew Valmon. "To have an NCAA-level program, we need to have a great start and great performances from folks like Kierra. We're very proud of her."
NCAA DIVISION I INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
FINAL TEAM SCORES
1. Tennessee 46, 2. Florida 36, 3. Miami 32, 4. Nebraska 29, 5. South Carolina 28... T49. Maryland 3.
FRIDAY'S WOMEN'S RESULTS
Long Jump Final - 1. Tianna Madison, Tennessee, 22-3; 2. Marashevet Hooker, Texas, 21-6.25; 3. Amy Menlove, Brigham Young, 21-3.25... 6. Kierra Foster, Maryland, 20-10.75.