Women's Track Team Takes First In Maryland State Meet
Jan. 8, 2000
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The University of Maryland women's track team finished in first place at the Maryland State Meet Saturday. The Terps won 12 of 16 events despite competing for the first time since Dec. 4.
The Terps opened the meet with first-place finishes in the first five events. Sophomore Ruth Kura (Potomac, Md.) won the weight throw with a toss of 49-9 ¾. Junior Vanessa Jones (Olney, Md.) won the high jump with a jump of 5-9 ¾, which also matched the NCAA provisional qualifying distance for the event. The Terps took the top three spots in the long jump with freshman Punnie Chittchang (Mount Airy, Md.) placing first with a jump of 19-2 ¾, freshman Lynn Harris (Newark, Del.) took second with a jump of 18-9 ¼ and freshman Heather Houston (Fort Washington, Md.) placed third with a jump of 18-2 ¼. Chittchang and Harris qualified for the ECACs in the event.
Chittchang also won the triple jump with a distance of 38-5. Freshman Natalie Dye (Myersville, Md.) won the pole vault with a jump of 10-5 ½, which qualified her for the ECACs. Sophomore Thema Napier (Columbia, Md.) won the 55 hurdles in 8.26, and senior Stacey Minott (Greenburg, N.Y.) won the 55 in 7.06, which was an ECAC qualifying time. Minott's time of 25.90 earned her a first-place finish in the 200 as well.
Senior Candyce DeLoatch's (Pittsgrove, N.J.) time of 1:14.77 earned her a first-place finish in the 500, and freshman Tia Burley (Baltimore, Md.) followed with a time of 1:15.57 and a second-place finish. DeLoatch's and Burley's times qualified them for the ECACs. Sophomore Meghan White (Cockeysville, Md.) won the one-mile with a time of 5:08.39.
The relay teams had strong showings as well, placing first in two of the three events. The 4x400 relay team's time of 3:54.08 put the team in first place, and the distance medley relay team finished first as well with a time of 12:38.70.
The Terps will be on the road next week as both the men's and women's teams travel to Newark, Del. to face the University of Delaware on Saturday, Jan. 15.
Team Scores Maryland 150 Navy 128 Western Maryland 18