CLEMSON, S.C. – Thea LaFond saved her best effort for last Saturday in the triple jump, using her final attempt to leap well past her personal record and win the event at the Atlantic Coast Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships hosted by Clemson.
LaFond, a Terrapin junior, went 43 feet, 6.50 inches on her final attempt of the competition, eclipsing her previous best of 42-8.75 set on her previous try. She came into the ACC Indoor with a career-best of 42-4, but equaled or surpassed that leap on each of her final three attempts.
She defeated Mimi Land of Clemson, who went 42-9.50 on her first attempt and held the lead until the final round. LaFond’s 43-6.50 moved her into fifth in the nation in the triple jump.
LaFond was voted the women’s most valuable field-event performer in the meet. She won the pentathlon on Thursday and placed fourth in the high jump on Friday.
LaFond scored 25 of Maryland’s 50 points in the meet. The Terrapins placed sixth in the final team standings, just two points behind Virginia Tech.
Florida State won the women’s competition with 96.5 points, followed by Duke (83) and Notre Dame (65).
Also for Maryland on Saturday, freshman Lisa Meneau placed seventh in the final of the 60-meter hurdles at 8.67. She qualified with a PR on Friday at 8.62.
Senior Julie Sinkovitz was fifth in the final of the women’s 800, going 2:09.95.
Sophomore Cici Onyekwere made the final of the women’s shot put, but finished ninth in a PR of 50-5.25. She became only the fourth Maryland woman to surpass 50 feet in the shot put indoors.
Maryland will learn this week which of its student-athletes will qualify for the NCAA Indoor Nationals, to be held March 14 and 15 in Albuquerque, N.M.