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Terps Dominate at Maryland Invitational
Courtesy: Maryland Athletics
Release: 03/30/2013

March 30, 2013

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - During a beautiful Saturday afternoon at the Kehoe Track Complex, Maryland earned seven individual victories at the Maryland Invitational track & field meet.

Maryland showed complete dominance in the jumps. On the women's side, the Terps swept first, second and third places in the high jump. Amina Smith finished second (5-06.00) and Lucile Cancre finished third (5-04.25).

The Terps had two women place in the top three for the triple jump. Senior Amina Smith finished third (36-10.50). The men recorded a first-place finish of their own, as senior Jon Hill earned an ECAC-qualifying mark of 7-00.25 in the high jump.

Maryland's throwing trio, comprised of senior Moriah Young, freshmen Chioma Onyekwere and Sonya Napariu, dominated the throwing events today. All three scored in the top four in the hammer throw, shot put and discus.

Young led the Terps by taking first place in the hammer throw with an ECAC-qualifying throw of 184-04. Onyekwere (139-09) and Napariu (139-01) came in third and fourth, respectively.

Onyekwere won the shot put with a mark of 48-08.75, which is an ECAC-qualifying distance and good enough for fourth all-time in Terps history. Young took second in the shot put with a mark of 47-01.50, also an ECAC qualifier. Napariu placed fourth in the event (42-11.75).

To finish off the day, Young placed second in the discus throw with an ECAC-qualifying distance of 142-05. Her throw ranks ninth all-time in Maryland outdoor track & field history, and also marks a personal outdoor best. Napariu and Onyekwere both threw 132-02 for third and fourth places, with Napariu edging Onyekwere out by one hundredth of a meter to earn third.

Josh Haghighi brought in a second-place finish for the Terps in the men's shot put with an ECAC-qualifying throw of 52-10.00.

In the hammer throw, Pat Cole placed fourth with a mark of 171-11. His mark ranks ninth all-time in Maryland annals. Cole also placed fifth in the discus throw with a distance of 150-09.

To round out the field events, junior Kristi Person finished sixth in the javelin throw, with a mark of 111-00 and freshman Christina Bernal took seventh with a throw of 106-00. Lauren Ball finished fifth in the long jump, with a distance of 17-00.50. Maryland's men's and women's relay teams shined today. Maryland women's `A' team, comprised of Arielle Statham, Ashley Brannock and Jordan Simmons, won the 4x100 relay with an ECAC-qualifying time of 47.17.

Both of Maryland's 4x400 relay teams had a great meet. The women's `A' team, comprised of Arielle Statham, Myah Hicks won the event in 3:46.95, which is an ECAC-qualifying time. The men's `A' team, consisting of Terrence Maliff, Shawn David, Mamadou Niang grabbed second with a time of 3:19.97, just seconds out of first place.

Sophomore Jordan Simmons was the lone Terp to compete in the women's 100 meter dash, but she represented Maryland well by taking home second place in 12.08. Her mark is an automatic ECAC-qualifying time. Will Sherman recorded a second place finish for the men in the same event (11.09).

In the women's 100 meter hurdles, the Terps had four runners place in the top-10, led by a third place finish from Jordan Simmons led Maryland with a third-place finish (25.55).

Maryland had three runners finish in the top five in the women's 400 meters. Arielle Statham took second (56.48), while Ayanna Fields (57.69) and Shade Pratt (57.72) took fourth and fifth, respectively.

In the men's 400 meter hurdles, Terrence Maliff took third (56.33). Maryland had another strong showing in the women's 800 meters, with three top-five finishes. Junior Maryam Fikri took second (2:13.70), freshman Emily VandeWater took third (2:15.37), and senior Taylor Bumpass took fifth (2:15.54).

The Terps had three runners in the top seven in the women's 1500 meters, led by sophomore Myah Hicks' third-place finish with a time of 4:35.88. Julie Sinkovitz earned a fourth-place finish with a time of 4:37.01. Catherine Sheffo finished seventh (4:49.53).

The Terps had two runners place in the top six in the women's 3000 meter run. Junior Bridget Nolan finished second (10:34.12) and sophomore Kikanae Punyua placed third, with a time of 8:42.72

Junior Rebecca Yep ran a strong race in the women's 5000 meters, taking home second place with a time of 17:30.00. Sean O'Leary placed fourth in the men's 5000 meters with a time of 15:07.78.

The Terps are back in action next week, as the squads will split up for the Florida Relays and Duke Invite April 5-6.



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