Dec. 8, 2001
LANDOVER, Md.- It didn't take long for junior Natalie Dye (Myersville, Md) to break her own school record of 11-11 ľ , as she nailed a pole vault of 12-6 to claim first place and helped the women's track team open up its season at the Maryland Invitational.
Senior Ruth Kura (Potomac, Md.) also continued her winning ways from last season by claiming the 20-lb. weight throw with a toss of 60-2 ˝, which also provisionally qualified her for the NCAA Championships.
Joining Dye and Kura with wins were sophomore Toni Jefferson (Baltimore, Md.) in the 60 meters, junior Punnie Chittchang (Mount Airy, Md.) in the long jump at 19-6 Ľ, senior Phillip Barrett (Upper Marlboro, Md.) in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.31 and the women's 4x400-meter relay team which came in with a time of 3:48.92.
Though it was only the opening meet, the team had several athletes qualify for ECAC/ IC4A eligibility. Jefferson (60 meters and long jump) and sophomore Harold Manning (Glen Burnie, Md.) in the 60 and 200 meters both qualified in two events. Manning finished second in the 200 meters and fourth in the 60 meters.
Also qualifying were Dye, Chittchang, Kura and the women's 4x400-meter relay team.
For the women, other strong performances came from senior Thema Napier (Columbia, Md.) who finished fourth in the 800 meters and third in the 60-meter hurdles and junior Aranda Brown (Schenectady, N.Y.) who came in fourth in the weight throw.
On the men's side, freshman Rob Frelow (White Plains, N.Y.) had a nice beginning to his college career, as he came in third in the 400 meters. Junior Adrian Nelson (Washington, D.C.) and sophomore Brian Misar finished second and third in the high jump.
This will be only for meet for the Terps before the turn of the year. The team resumes competition Jan. 5 with the Terrapin Invitational at the Prince George's County Complex.
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