Maryland set for three-day competition beginning Thursday in Cary, N.C.
Terps competing at Florida Relays and Duke Invitational
LaFond, Cole lead teams to explosive season openers
Amber Melville leads Terps to strong meet
Maryland led by Thea LaFond and Maryam Fikri
2013 INDOOR TRACK - Placed 2nd in the 3000 meters at UNC Invitational (10:07.82)...Season best time in the 5000 meters at VT Elite (17:48.09)...Placed 4th...Time ranks 7th all time at Maryland.
2012 OUTDOOR TRACK - Finished 4th in the 3,000 at the Maryland Invitational (10:12.76)...Season best mark in the 5,000 came in 17:20.85 at the Kehoe Twilight...Finished 1st in the event...Is the 10th fastest time in Terps history...Also ran the 5,000 at the ACC Championships in 17:39.94...Finished in 21st place.
BEFORE MARYLAND - Maryland State individual champion in Class 3A, running 20:25 in 3-mile event for Mount Hebron HS... Doubled as state champion in 1,600 (5:08.73) and 3,200 (10:55.18) at outdoor state meet... Won state title in 3,200 indoors as a senior... Won 800, 1600 and 3200 at the Maryland 3A East Region meet... Banneker Key recipient... National Merit Finalist... Maryland Distinguished Scholar Finalist... French NHS President... Faculty Outstanding Senior honoree... 4.0 GPA student throughout high school... Holds school records in 3,200 and 5K... Three-time All-Metro by Baltimore Sun and twice voted All-Met by Washington Post... Howard County Runner of the Year four times... Three-year MVP for cross country and track for Vikings... Earned Newcomer of the Year as a freshman... Pre-Maryland PRs of 2:22.85 in 800m, 5:08.49 in 1,600, 5:28.48 in mile, 10:55.18 in 3,200m and 18:48 at 5K.
PERSONAL - Parents are Jeannie and Raymond Yep... Has younger sister, Rachel... Majoring in mechanical engineering with minor in French... Has done volunteer community service with Habitat for Humanity, Our Daily Bread soup kitchen and with Mt. Hebron church group... Says her biggest sports thrill is having "tunnel vision at the end, near the finish"... Chose Maryland over Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech and Lehigh and for the engineering program... Plays piano and drums and was named the Outstanding Band Senior... Thinks Sandra Bullock would be perfect to play her in a movie of her life... If she could change anything about her sport, it would be to eliminate soreness after runs.