Terps Begin ACC Indoor Championships Friday
Feb. 20, 2013
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland track and field team is hoping to continue its early season success at this weekend's Atlantic Coast Conference Championships, hosted by Virginia Tech at the Rector Field House.
The Terrapins begin competing on Friday with some preliminary rounds of track events starting at noon. The first field event will start at 12:30 p.m. The meet then continues Saturday at 11 a.m., with the awards ceremony capping of the championships at 4 p.m. For a full schedule of events, please click the according link above.
So far this season, Maryland has had multiple standout performances from its student-athletes, highlighted by a steady balance from both upper and underclassmen.
One of Maryland's best events is the high jump and will take place Friday evening. With three student-athletes among the best in the ACC, the high jump will be one of the events to keep an eye on this weekend.
Sophomore Amber Melville cleared 6'0 in the high jump at the Virginia Tech Elite meet to become the first female in over 30 years to reach this height in indoor program history. Junior Amina Smith has also looked strong in this event, reaching a height of 5'10 early in the season. Sophomore Thea LaFond jumped at 5'8.5 at the Virginia Tech Elite meet.
LaFond has shown her versatility, earning a career best in the triple jump and 60 hurdles so far this season, in addition to her best mark in the high jump.
The Virginia Tech Elite meet also served as a highlighted event for the Terps with strong performances in the 800m by Julie Sinkovitz and Myah Hicks. Arielle Statham also earned a season best performance in the 400m.
The throwing events have also proven to be a strong area for the Terps, led by senior Moriah Young and freshman Chioma Onyekwere. Young set a lifetime best in the weight and shot put this indoor season. Onyekwere, who has been helped by Young all season, is following in Young's footsteps with strong improvements each competition.
There are various ways to keep up with the ACC Indoor Track & Field Championships this weekend. In addition to the links above, fans can follow the action on Twitter: