Terp Men Eighth, Women Ninth at ACC Outdoor
April 21, 2012
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Zack Ray scored in both hurdle events and Jon Hill went a career-best in the men's high jump to lead the University of Maryland men to eighth place Saturday at the Atlantic Coast Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
The Terrapins finished in ninth place on the women's side despite scoring 49 points. Sixteen of those points came Saturday in the women's high jump as Amina Smith led four Terp scorers with a second-place finish.
Ray, Hill, Smith and Kiani Profit earned All-ACC status with finishes in the top three in their events on Saturday.
Ray was third in the 400-meter hurdles with a career-best mark of 51.76, moving into seventh all-time at Maryland. He also scored four points in the 110 hurdles with a career-best of 14.10 to finish fifth in the final.
Freshman Terrence Maliff was seventh in the 400 hurdles at 54.61.
Hill went 7 feet, 1.50 inches in the high jump to finish third on Saturday. His career-best mark tied him for seventh all-time and he became only the second Terrapin to crack the top 10 in the men's high jump since 1987.
Profit, who won the heptathlon on Friday, placed third in the 400-meter hurdles at 58.36.
Smith went a season-best 5-9.25 to finish second in the women's high jump. Amber Melville also cleared that same height but finished fourth on misses. Melville moved into sixth on the all-time list outdoors with that mark.
LaFond went nearly two feet past her previous season-best in the triple jump, posting a mark of 41-8. Her mark ranks second all-time at Maryland and she is only the third Terrapin woman in history to pass 41 feet. Marchelle Payne went 42-11.75 to set the school record in 1993.
The Terrapins finished eighth in the 4x100 relay, as Ayanna Fields, Arielle Statham, Ashley Hendrix and DeAnna Brown had a season-best mark of 47.41. Statham, Brown, Myah Hicks and Taylor Bumpas finished sixth in the 4x400 relay in a season-best 3:43.22.
Clemson won the women's team championship, scoring 185 points to dominate the competition. Host Virginia was second with 100, while Florida State edged Virginia Tech and Duke by a single point to claim third with 75.
Virginia Tech edged Florida State, 153.5 to 149, to claim the men's team title. Virginia was third at 113.
Maryland will compete next weekend at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia.
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