Dec. 6, 1997
Maryland Track Team Runs Through Several States
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland women's track and field team had an equally busy weekend but were just as successful. They also opened their season at the Navy Invitational on December 6. Despite having her wisdom teeth removed, Stacey Minott still had an excellent showing, winning the 55m dash in 6.8 seconds and qualifying for ECAC competition. The Terps owned that race, with junior Tesheya Hoist finishing second (6.9 seconds) and also qualifying for ECAC's and junior Onome Pela taking fifth place (7.3 seconds).
Junior Nikki Webster won the triple jump with an ECAC qualifying 40 foot, 2 inch leap. Senior Raina Domneys took third in the same event at 38 feet, 3.25 inches. Hoist and Webster were also part of the second place, ECAC-qualifying 4x400 relay team that included senior LaNita Talley and sophomore Candyce DeLoatch. Junior Yolanda Brown, a transfer from LSU, also had a great day in her first meet as a Terrapin, taking 2nd in the long jump (18 feet, 4.25 inches) and 3rd in the 55 meter hurdles (8.5 seconds).
Sophomore Cathy Porter finished second and senior ACC Champion Heather Atkinson was fourth in the 20 lb weight throw. Atkinson also earned third in the shot put. On Saturday, most of the team traveled to Lewisburg, PA for the Bucknell Invitational where they racked up even more wins. Atkinson had an outstanding day, winning both the 20 lb weight and shot put competions. The entire Maryland throws team dominated the 20 lb weight category, with Porter, Tene Aiken, and Thera Larson taking third, fourth and fifth place respectively.
Other Terrapin wins included Minott in the 55 meter dash (7.14 seconds), Brown in the 55 meter hurdles (8.42 seconds), junior Dessalyn Jolley in the 800 meters (2 minutes, 20.9 seconds), Keri Seher in the 3000 meters (11 minutes, 2.8 seconds), Webster in the long jump (18 feet, 2.75 inches), and sophomore Jamie Dorshimer in the pole vault (8 feet, 6 inches.) The women's distance medley team had what looked like the easiest win of the day, outlapping their only competition to win the race by almost a full minute.
A separate group of women competed in the 5000 meter run at West Virginia's Holiday Classic in Morgantown. Juniors Aimee Phillippi and Rebecca McDivitt finished fourth and sixth respectively, while senior Gabriella Uza was tenth. The men's and women's track teams will rest up from their busy weekend with no other meets until after the new year when everyone travels to Fairfax, VA on January 10.- GO TERPS -