Melville Leads Terps at NCAA Indoor Nationals

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.Amber Melville tied for seventh in the women’s high jump to lead University of Maryland performances Saturday at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships.

Melville cleared 5 feet, 11-1/4 inches to tie Taylor Burke of Florida for seventh. She is expected to earn first team All-America status from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association by virtue of getting a top-eight finish.

Terrapin teammate Amina Smith had a best of 5-10 to place 12th in the high jump.

Georgia freshman Leontia Kallenou went 6-1.50 to win the national championship in the women’s high jump.

Maryland junior Thea LaFond placed 11th in the pentathlon with 4,120 points. She matched her indoor career-best of 6-0.75 in the pentathlon high jump and ran 8.58 in the 60-meter hurdles.

She also had marks of 32-10.50 in the shot put, 19-0 in the long jump and 2:24.63 in the 800-meter run. Her high jump performance earned 1,041 points, her highest total in the five-event competition.

Smith and LaFond are expected to earn second team All-America status from the USTFCCCA this week.

“I’m proud of the way all three of our women performed all season,” said Maryland head coach Andrew Valmon. “The way they led us was great. Their performances allowed others to do well and step up.

“I’m excited to see where this momentum can take us for the outdoor season and beyond.”

Maryland opens its outdoor season next weekend at the UTEP Springtime Meet, then hosts the Terrapin Invitational on Saturday, March 29.