May 5, 2008
FAIRFAX, Va. - Four University of Maryland student-athletes earned invitations to the NCAA East Regionals later this month with performances last Saturday at the Mason Invitational track and field meet hosted by George Mason University.
Michelle Fedrick, Kiani Profit, Ashley Williams and Jason Allen each hit NCAA regional-qualifying marks, bringing to 15 the number of Terrapins who will participate in the regionals, to be held May 30 and 31 at Florida State. In addition, four Terps - Christina Smith, Jillian Anwah, David Edwards-Brennan and Sal Delhierro each won individual events at the Mason meet.
Fedrick went 54.37 in the women's 400 to post the fifth-best mark ever at Maryland. The transfer shaved nearly a second off her previous season-best mark in the 400. Profit's 59.86 clocking in the 400-meter hurdles was second all-time at Maryland and marked the third time a Maryland woman has been under 60 seconds in the long hurdles.
Williams had a career-best 47-9.25 to finish second in the women's shot put, moving into fourth place all-time on the list in that event. Allen had his best mark ever in a collegiate meet in the men's long jump, sailing 24 feet, 3.50 inches to finish third and add 13 inches to his previous season-best.
Smith won the women's 200 in a career-best 24.43 that moved her into eighth all-time at Maryland. Natalie Goodman also had a career-best of 25.60 in that event. Anwah (153-3) and Kristen Batts (144-11) placed 1-2 for the Terps in the women's discus.
On the men's side, Edwards-Brennan jumped 6-8.75 for the third time this season and continued to show his consistency, as he posted his sixth straight jump this outdoor season of 6-8 or better. Delhierro won the men's shot put (53-7.50) and placed second in the hammer (177-9).
Tommy Friscia improved his IC4A-qualifying mark with a second-place finish of 1:51.76 in the men's 800. Zach Martinez cut nearly three seconds off his career-best with a 1:52.94 in that event, with Josh Davis in a season-best 1:53.20.
Maryland is off until May 16-18 when it competes in the ECAC and IC4A Outdoor Championships at Princeton University.