Terps Ready for '13: Indoor Track Season Preview
Jan. 10, 2013
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The track team has worked hard since August with conditioning and training in preparation for the upcoming season. Head coach Andrew Valmon is looking forward to strong results from senior leaders as well as a promising group of underclassmen.
"Everyone in this program is expected to contribute to the success of the team and to work to leave a lasting legacy for the future," Valmon said. "We have worked hard this fall and now it is time to move to competition mode".
Lucile Cancre is the senior member of this group and comes off a season where she scored in both the indoor and outdoor ACC Championships. Junior Amina Smith was the ACC runner-up in the high jump and an NCAA regional qualifier with a season-best mark of 5'11.25. Amber Melville also qualified for postseason competition last year and has shown great determination to continue to post podium finishes in the conference.
Thea LaFond scored in the high jump last year for the Terps and will add some additional events for the multi-competition into her repertoire this year. LaFond also scored in the triple jump last spring.
Senior Moriah Young leads a young group of newcomers in the throwing events this year. Young has consistently scored at the ACC Championships and qualified for postseason competition throughout her career at Maryland.
Sprints and Hurdles
Jordan Simmons, a transfer from James Madison University, will compete for the Terps in the 200m and 60m events after posting solid performances before arriving in College Park. Shade Pratt is coming off a stellar soccer season and heading onto the track to assist the team in the 400m as a strength-based runner.
Sophomore Dominique Davis will run the 400m and 800m for the Terps, while Jacqueline Tape will compete in the hurdles. Newcomers Noella Anyangwe, Ashley Brannock, Laura Dally, and Lauren Ball will also assist in the short sprints. Ball also competes in the long jump and will develop into a multi-event competitor in the future.
Senior Taylor Bumpas will finish her career as an 800m runner and relay leg. Senior Christy Goldmann and Sophomore Maeve McCoy will also add depth to this group. Newcomers Katie Nappi and Catherine Sheffo hope to make an impact as well.
Bridget Nolan also was a top cross country runner this past season and will compete in the 3k and 5k indoor. Julie Fricke, who was injured during the cross country season, looks to bounce back this year.
Sarah Vossler, Caitlin Orr, Sydney King, Michelle Hess, and Kallie Fehr will also add depth to the distance team. Newcomers Jackie Lazzaro and Emily VandeWater are poised to begin their Maryland careers with the distance group as well.