UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Senior Lisa Meneau left her mark on the Maryland track and field program in her final conference championship event Sunday, breaking the school's 400 meter hurdles record. Meneau's time of 56.78 was good for second in the field, as she captured Second Team All-Big Ten honors and a new career-best mark in the event.
The time was almost a second faster than her previous PR, and topped Terrapin great Kiani Profit's ('11) school record of 57.35 set back during the 2010 season. The mark catapults Meneau into the No. 12 spot nationally in the event as she scored eight team points for UMD.
"I am proud of the fight that our team showed this weekend," said head coach Andrew Valmon. "We had several podium performances and new lifetime-best efforts. Anything can happen in a championship so it was important for our team to come together as one in this environment."
Senior Micha Powell medaled for the second time this season at a Big Ten Championship event, taking third in Sunday's 400 meter dash finals. Powell took second at the indoor championships in February, and clocked in at 53.16 to secure a podium finish and score six team points for the Terps.
Greg Thompson made his first career Big Ten Championship podium appearance in the men's discus, throwing 57.67 meters to place fourth. Claudia Ababio made it on to the podium in the women's shot put, throwing 14.96 meters to claim eighth in the field.
Despite getting tripped up during the race, Alexandra Lucki recovered to fight her way to a 10th place finish in the women's 1500 meter run (4:27.46).
The Maryland men's 4x100 team of Ruffin, Assoua, Joseph and Brandon Thompson placed ninth (41.92). The women's 4x100 team of Baxter, Smith, Tucker and Richardson combined to go 47.34 to place ninth.
Kayla Richardson finished as the top Terrapin competitor in the women's triple jump, leaping 12.36 meters to take 10th in the field. Jillian Maloney managed a 10th place finish in the javelin, throwing 39.97 meters.
The men's 4x400 relay squad took home seventh place in the event, as Jones, Jahn-Richardson, Leto and Bleichner combined to finish in 3:12.06. The women's 4x400 relay team capped off the meet for Maryland, as Meneau, Cooper, Voelpel and Powell took fifth with a time of 3:40.04.
The Maryland women finished with 33 team points to take 11th in the field, while the men were 13th with seven points. Penn State captured the men's outdoor title with a total of 117 points, while Purdue secured the women's team title with a team score of 133.
The Terps will now await selection of qualified athletes for the 2017 NCAA East Regional in Lexington, Ky. May 25-27.