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Onyekwere Doubles in Outdoor Track Opener
Courtesy: Maryland Athletics
Release: 03/23/2014

Cici Onyekwere won two throwing events and posted a pair of ECAC-qualifying marks to lead University of Maryland performances Saturday at the UTEP Springtime Meet that opened the outdoor track and field season.

On the men’s side, Josh Haghighi became the first Maryland man to post a Terrapin top-10 mark in the shot put in 29 years with his win at UTEP.

Maryland also sent student-athletes to the Navy Invitational in Annapolis, where Dan Trettel and Becky Yep posted individual victories.

Onyekwere and teammate Sonya Napariu finished 1-2 in the shot put and hammer throw at UTEP. Onyekwere went 48 feet, 6.75 inches to win the shot and hit an ECAC mark. Napariu was second at 44-6.75.

Those two went 163-1 and 161-3, respectively, to also go 1-2 in the hammer. Onyekwere’s fourth-place finish of 142-5 in the discus also qualified her for the ECAC Outdoor in May.

Haghighi’s winning mark in the men’s shot was 57 feet, 11.75 inches, moving him into eighth all-time at Maryland. It was the best effort at Maryland since Scott Vrabel went 60-4.50 in 1985. His mark qualified him for the IC4A Outdoor Championships to be held in May.

Pat Cole won the men’s hammer at UTEP at 173-3, while transfer Derek Holland was second in the triple jump at 47-7.25, also an IC4A mark. Avery Graham, returning to action after a year away from the track, had an IC4A-qualifying time of 21.41 to place ninth in the 200.

Freshman Lisa Meneau had a strong day in hurdles for the Terrapins. She won the women’s 400-meter hurdles in 1:01.78, hitting an ECAC mark and moving into ninth all-time at Maryland

She also finished seventh in the 100 hurdles behind first-place teammate Thea LaFond.

LaFond, who earlier in the week was voted the Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Indoor Field Performer of the Year, won the 100 hurdles in 13.89, the fourth-fastest time ever at Maryland and only the sixth mark under 14 seconds by a Terp female.

Meneau went 14.21 to move into ninth on the Terps’ all-time list and join LaFond with an ECAC mark.

Micha Powell had an ECAC-qualifier at 55.73 to finish fourth in the 400, while Kristi Person finished seventh in the javelin and moved into 10th all-time at Maryland with her mark of 112-9.

In Annapolis, Yep won the women’s 5,000 in 17:44.74 to lead Terp performances. Katie Nappi was fourth in the 3,000 steeplechase, moving into eighth all-time at Maryland.

Maryland finished fourth of seven women’s teams, with Navy outscoring Delaware for the team title.

Trettel posted a 1:53.96 for the best time in the men’s 800-meter run.

The Terps were not part of the men’s team scoring at the Navy meet.

Maryland will play host next Saturday to the Terrapin Invitational, to be held at the Kehoe Track Complex.



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