Terps Capture 11 First-Place Finishes at Maryland Invitational

March 29, 2008

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College Park, Md. - Eleven Terrapin athletes captured first-place finishes at the 2008 Maryland Invitational Outdoor Track and Field meet at Kehoe Track Complex today.

In the shot put, Maryland claimed first-place finishes in both the men's and women's events. For the women, Jillian Anwah recorded a season-best mark of 44-06.75. For the men, Sal Delhierro posted a throw of 51-10.50. Also placing for the Terps in the women's event were Aysha Gregory, who finished just behind Anwah in second place with another season-best mark of 43-03.25 and Ashley Williams, who finished fourth in the event with a shot put of 42-07.00. On the men's side, Geoff Goidell placed fourth with a mark of 48-06.75.

Delhierro also posted a first-place finish in the hammer with a career-best mark of 172-04.

Also for the Terrapin throwers, Aysha Gregory continued her strong start to the outdoor season by posting a throw of 175-08 in the hammer to place first. The senior has already met the NCAA Regional and ECAC-qualifying marks in the event. Other Terps to place in the event were Jillian Anwah, who finished third with a mark of 154-02, fourth-place finisher Kristen Batts, who had a mark of 153-02, Katelyn Poss, who placed eighth posting a mark of 142-06 and Ashley Williams in tenth place at 139-04.

Batts also posted a second-place finish in the discus as the Terrapins finished second, third and fourth in the event. Batts had a mark of 144-09, while Gregory posted a throw of 140-02 and Anwah came in at 136-06. In the high jump, the Terrapins also captured first-place finishes on both the men's and women's sides. Christina Smith jumped for 5-01.75, while David Edwards-Brennan had a jump of 6-08.00.

Smith also set a career-best time in the 100 meters when she had a time of 12.20 and finished fourth.

In the men's 1,500 meters, the Terps posted a one-two finish. Greg Kelsey placed first with a career-best time of 3:56.32, while Mike Cator finished second with a time of 3:58.13. They finished ahead of teammates Richie Booth (fifth, 4:01.14), Alex Lundy (sixth, 4:01.49), Josh Davis (ninth, 4:01.85), Tommy Friscia (13th, 4:03.52), Drew Abernathy (15th, 4:05.60) and Zach Martinez (16th, 4:08.56).

Dominic Berger and Jason Allen also posted first-place finishes for the Terrapin men. Berger ran a 110-meter hurdles time of 13.79, while Allen recorded a long jump of 22-01.00.

In the 400 meters, Jeremy Samuels, Adam Durham and Kyle Rauser finished second, third and fourth respectively. Samuels posted a season-best time of 48.58, while Durham ran a 49.27 and Rauser came in at 49.72. In the 800 meters, Sean Lowe finished second with a time of 1:54.30 just ahead of Anthony Walker who placed third with a time of 1:55.11. Also finishing second for Maryland was Victor Gilreath, who posted a triple jump of 46-04.00.

In the 400-meter hurdles, the Terps claimed another one-two finish. Crystal Bardge placed first with a time of 1:01.46, while Chanel Williams finished just .02 behind with a time of 1:01.48 to finish second. Kiani Profit came in fourth in the event with a time of 1:03.55.

Bardge also posted a second place finish in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.04. In the 800 meters, Pry ran a 1:13.43, while Libby Babcock came in at 2:15.11 to place third and Christina Nelson finished fifth in 2:18.09.

In the men's 200 meters, Maryland posted their third one-two finish on the day, with Earl Gray coming in first at 21.65 and Samuels recording another second-place finish with a time of 21.96.

The Terrapin women finished second in the 4 x 400 relay . The team of Bardge, Michelle Fedrick, Tolulope Olugbemi and Profit had a time of 3:55.01. The Maryland `B' team of Babcock, Pry, Erin Matyus and Melissa Mark took fifth in the event with a time of 4:02.13.

Today marked the final home competition for the 13 Maryland seniors on the track and field team. They were honored by their teammates and coaches before the honorary Junior Terps race.

The Terrapins will return to completion next week as the team heads to both the Colonial and Florida Relays.