Track Teams Prepare for ECAC'S, IC4A'S

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May 17, 1999

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland's track teams will travel to Fairfax, Va., this weekend to compete at the Eastern Colleges of America Conference (ECAC) and Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America (IC4A) Championships. The meet will be the final of the season for those who do not qualify for NCAA competition.

Twelve women have qualified for ECAC competition, as well as the 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams. Among those who have qualified, two have also provisionally qualified for NCAA competition; juniors Candyce DeLoatch (Pittsgrove, N.J.) and Cathy Porter (Millersville, Md.). In addition, four men have qualified for IC4A competition, as well as the 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams.

Candyce DeLoatch continued her dominance in the 400 meters, as she broke the school record and provisionally qualified for NCAA competition at the James Madison Last Chance Invitational last weekend.

DeLoatch's time of 53.23 was good for second place and was more than a half-second faster than her previous record-setting performance in the 400. She has reestablished the Maryland standard in the 400 this year, breaking both the indoor and outdoor records several times. DeLoatch now joins Cathy Porter as the only Terps to have qualified provisionally for the NCAA Championships to be held in Boise, Idaho.

Also faring well for the women were junior Stacey Minott (Greenburg, N.Y.) and senior Nikki Webster (Richmond, Va.). Minott placed third in the 100 with a time of 11.96, and Webster took second in the triple jump with a leap of 38-11. Freshman Thema Napier (Columbia, Md.) finished fifth in the 400 hurdles with a time of 1:00.30. In addition, senior Melody Vaughn (Houston, Texas) placed sixth in the long jump with a season-best distance of 18-11.

A pair of hurdlers, junior Jason Joubert (Rockville, Md.) and freshman Dontae Bugg (Newport News, Va.) led the men. Joubert finished third in the 400 hurdles with a mark of 52.41, and Bugg placed fourth in the 110 hurdles with a career-best time of 14.64. In addition, sophomore Cedrick Rogers (Fort Wayne, Ind.) finished fifth in the long jump with a leap of 24-1. Also faring well was senior Matt Green (Etna, N.H.), who placed sixth in the 3,000 steeplechase with a time of 9:35.68.

The women's track team ranks 22nd in the latest edition of the outdoor National Dual Meet Power Rankings, which are compiled by Idaho State University. The women are coming off last weekend's meet at James Madison, which was not team-scored.

A total of seven women's school records have been broken since the beginning of the indoor season, one more than all of last year. 1998-99 has seen more women's records fall than any other year except the 1996-97 season, in which eight new records were established.

Junior Candyce DeLoatch has re-established the women's standard in the 400. She broke the indoor record at the ACC Championships with a time of 54.17. She then broke the outdoor record at the Alabama Relays with a time of 53.76.

Freshman Ruth Kura (North Potomac, Md.) broke the record in the weight throw with a toss of 57-3 1/2 at the Delaware Invitational. Cathy Porter broke the record in the hammer with a throw of 180-10 at the ACC Championships. In addition, junior Stacey Minott broke her own school record in the 60 with a time of 7.47 at the ACC Championships.

Freshman Thema Napier broke the record in the 400 hurdles with a time of 59.82 at the Maryland Invitational. A relay record also fell this year as the 4x100 team broke the previous mark at the Alabama Relays with a time of 45.58.

Candyce DeLoatch (400)
Cathy Porter (hammer)

Heather Atkinson (hammer)
Amanda Coleman (triple jump)
Candyce DeLoatch (200, 400)
Tesheya Hoist (100)
Dessalyn Jolley (400 hurdles)
Vanessa Jones (high jump)
Ruth Kura (Discus)
Stacey Minott (100)
Thema Napier (400 hurdles)
Cathy Porter (hammer)
Melody Vaughn (100, long jump)
Nikki Webster (400, LJ, TJ)
4x100 relay, 4x400 relay

Dontae Bugg (110 hurdles)
John Carr (100)
Jason Joubert (400 hurdles)
Cedrick Rogers (LJ)
4x100 relay, 4x400 relay