Jan. 20, 2007
LANDOVER, Md. - Freshman Jason Allen continued his strong debut to his first collegiate indoor track and field season by capturing his second men's long jump competition in as many weeks Saturday, highlighting University of Maryland performances at the Terrapin Invitational, held at the Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex.
Freshman Lindsay Ritchings also won for the Terrapins on Saturday, finishing in 5:00.67 in the women's mile to beat Andrea Rovegno of Loyola by nearly two seconds. Ritchings' time qualified her for the ECAC meet in early March. Maryland senior Laurel Jefferson was third in 5:07.19.
Allen won the men's long jump for the second straight week, taking first place Saturday with a jump of 23 feet, 7.25 inches. He won by nearly a foot over Eugene Galloway of High Point. Allen also won the men's long jump last week at Virginia Tech in his collegiate debut.
For the Maryland men, senior Adam Durham also highlighted the day, finishing second in the 60-meter hurdles. Durham ran a personal-best 8.15 seconds in the final, losing only to Andrew Peresta of Hampton, who won in 8.09. Durham's mark gave him a spot in the IC4A meet and was the fifth-best mark all-time indoors in the event.
Dominic Berger posted an IC4A-qualifying mark in the 60-meter dash, finishing fifth in 6.93. Freshman Tommy Friscia, junior Sean Lowe and sophomore Josh Davis finished 3-4-5 for the Terrapins in the men's 800. Freshman Jeremy Samuels tied for eighth in the men's 200, with his mark of 22.52 being ninth all-time indoors at Maryland.
Junior Aysha Gregory finished seventh in the women's weight throw, with her mark of 52-4.75 ranking seventh all-time at Maryland. Junior Toni Aluko placed second in the women's high jump at 5-7 and in the triple jump at 38-4.25, while David Edwards-Brennan was second for the Terps in the men's high jump at 6-8.
Freshmen Tiffani Long and Ashley Carbray finished third and fifth in the women's long jump for Maryland. Maryland women finishing in the top 10 also included Jillian Anwah (5th in weight throw and shot put), Erin Matyus (6th at 800 meters, 7th in mile); Natasha Emmanuel (6th at 400 meters), Kristin Reed (5th at 3,000 meters), Natalie Goodman (10th in triple jump), Kaitlyn Fitzgerald (3rd in pole vault), Gregory (9th in shot put) and Amanda Robotti (10th at 3,000 meters).
Sophomore Chanel Williams had a good day for the Terrapins, setting a personal-best with her fourth-place finish of 8.73 in the women's 60-meter hurdles, moving into fifth all-time at Maryland. Katie Rogus posted the ninth-best mark in the same event. Williams later came back to place eighth at 200 meters.
Maryland also got top-10 finishes from Sal Delhierro (6th in 35-pound weight throw, 10th in shot put), Josh Davis (8th in mile), Victor Gilreath (7th in triple jump), Anthony Walker (6th at 400 meters) and Earl Gray (10th at 400 meters).
Other meet highlights included Kellie Wells, who won both the 60-meter dash (7.42) and the 60-meter hurdles (8.16), and U.S. World Team member Amber Campbell's dominating performance in the women's weight throw, as her mark of 79 feet, 5.50 inches fell just one centimeter short of the American record.
Maryland competes next weekend at the Penn State Challenge.
WOMEN'S INDIVIDUAL RESULTS (First-place finishers and Maryland results)