LaFond, Onyekwere Win Twice for Terps

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Junior Thea LaFond needed just three jumps to win two individual events, while Cici Onyekwere doubled in the throws to lead the Terrapin women to the team title Saturday at the Maryland Invitational track and field meet at the Kehoe Track Complex.

LaFond won the women’s long jump by clearing 19 feet, 0.75 inches on her only successful attempt of the competition. She had one pass and fouled on her other attempts.

She came back later and needed just two jumps to win the triple jump at 39-7, passing in the final three rounds. Her marks were both qualifiers for the ECAC Outdoor Championships in May.

Onyekwere dominated the women’s shot put, with her best mark of 49-9.25 winning the event by more than seven feet. Her mark was less than two inches off her previous career-best despite a steady, hard rain.

She came back later in the day to win the discus at 134-5.

Micha Powell (200m), Myah Hicks (1,500), Lisa Meneau (100 hurdles), Katie Nappi (3,000 steeplechase), Amber Melville (high jump) and Sonya Napariu (hammer) each won for the Terps, who also captured the 4x400 relay.

On the men’s side, Josh Haghighi won his second shot put competition in as many weeks and Derek Holland won the triple jump.

Haghighi went 51-9.75 to win the shot put, while Holland cleared 46-7.50 to win the triple jump.

Maryland competes next weekend at the Pepsi Florida Relays in Gainesville.


  • Katie Nappi and Chardé Barnes went 1-2 in the women’s 3,000 steeplechase, the first running event of the day. Nappi ran 11:23.71 to win and cut 24 seconds off her time from a week ago and move into seventh all-time in that event at Maryland. Barnes ran 11:46.87 to finish second and move into ninth all-time for the Terps.
  • Greg Halla cut seven seconds off his previous season-best to finish second in the men’s steeplechase at 9:52.63.
  • Sonya Napariu won a strong women’s hammer competition with a season-best mark of 162-9. She was one of three over 160 feet, as Madeleine Midles of Mount St. Mary’s was second at 161-6 and Cici Onyekwere of Maryland was third at 160-9.
  • Junior Myah Hicks won the women’s 1,500 meters in 4:39.72, the best mark of the outdoor season thus far by a Terp woman.
  • Freshman Lisa Meneau led a strong showing in the women’s 100 hurdles. The Terps swept places 1-2-4-6-7, led by Meneau’s time of 14.34 and Noella Anyangwe’s mark of 14.49.
  • Jordan Simmons finished second in the women’s 100 at 12.39, making her first appearance of the outdoor season.
  • Junior Thea LaFond won the women’s long jump at 19-0.75, earning an ECAC-qualifying mark by a quarter-inch. She came back later to win the triple jump at 39-7, hitting the ECAC mark by a half-inch.
  • Pat Cole finished second in the men’s hammer with a throw that sailed past the IC4A-qualifying mark. He went 182-6 to set a new personal best and move from seventh to fourth on the Terps’ all-time list. Thomas Buffone of Navy won the men’s hammer at 186-5.
  • Senior Avery Graham continued his successful return from two years away from track competition with an IC4A-qualifying performance in the men’s 100. He ran 10.75 to place second behind Jordan Sartor-Francis of Navy, who ran 10.68.
  • Amber Melville and Amina Smith finished 1-2 in the women’s high jump, each hitting ECAC marks. Melville went 5-11.50 to win, with Smith clearing 5-9.75.
  • Christina Bernal finished second in the women’s javelin at 113-9, the top mark of the season for the Terps and 10th all-time at Maryland.
  • Lisa Meneau improved her season-best mark by finishing second in the women’s 400 hurdles. Her mark of 1:01.69 was an ECAC-qualifier and moved her into eighth all-time at Maryland. Alexandra Cimino was third in a season-best 1:04.91.
  • Freshman Paul Joseph posted the Terps’ best mark of the young season in the 400 hurdles, finishing third in 55.25. Terrence Maliff also improved his season-best to 55.69.
  • Micha Powell won the women’s 200 in 24.94 seconds, with Jordan Simmons in third at 25.44.
  • Dan Trettel had Maryland’s best mark of the year in the men’s 1,500 with his third-place finish of 3:58.92.
  • Freshman Alexa Squirini had Maryland’s best women’s 800 thus far with a 2:19.74, just ahead of teammate Charlotte Staver, who finished in 2;19.95.
  • Arielle Statham, Myah Hicks, Shade Pratt and Micha Powell went 3:50.60 to win the women’s 4x400 relay by nearly nine seconds and hit an ECAC-qualifying mark.
  • Maryland also won the men’s 4x400 relay when Dahri Jahn-Richardson, Mamadou Niang, John Davenport and Terrence Maliff went 3:23.46.