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Hey guys, are you looking to meet some fast women this weekend? Look no more. Some of the fastest women in the DMV will be at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex, in Landover at the Maryland Invitational beginning at 9 am Jan. 18. The final running events of the day, the 4x400 relays, are tentatively scheduled to begin at 4 pm.

(Yes ladies, the men are competing as well.)

Teams scheduled to compete include American, Christopher Newport, Coppin State, Delaware State, UDC, Hagerstown CC, Howard, Johns Hopkins, Loyola (Md.), Mary Washington, Maryland, Morgan State, Navy, Richmond and UMBC.

Terp Thea LaFond (Kennedy High School) qualified for the ECAC with an 8.69 in the 60-meter hurdles last year, as did many of her teammates in the relays. Navy’s Shannon Cuthbert won the 1,000-meter run Jan. 9 in a career best time of 3:00.94. The Hoyas can usually be counted on to provide great mid- and distance-runners, but the squad will be split Saturday with half going to the Nittany Lion Challenge.

Most of the competition will probably come in the field events.

The Terrapins have a pair of women who earned event victories last week at the Penn State Relays.
Maryland should do well in the field with LaFond and Amina Smith a week away from 5-11.25 high jumps. LaFond also triple jumped a nation’s best 42-2 at the Penn State Relays. Chioma Onyekwere (James W. Robinson High School) won the weight throw with a toss of 49-8.50.

Navy’s Hali McFadgen won the long jump at the Navy Winter Invitational Jan. 9 with a leap of 18 feet. Teronda Brown won the weight throw with a toss of about 51-feet-8.75. Brown and Maressa Guynn finished first and second in Annapolis. Gyunn threw just over 46 feet.

The Firebirds will bring four women in the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association Pre-Season national rankings to Landover. Shauna-Kay Creary was the first UDC athlete to compete in the NCAA Divison II Indoor Championship in the long jump event. She has is named in national rankings in three jumping events. Kaydian Jones is ranked in the long jump and Simone Grant in the triple jump.

The George Mason is at the UAlbany Great Dane Classic at the NYC Armory today. Kendall Reynolds will lead Bowie State when the Bulldogs visit Winston Salem State Sunday. Reynolds triple jumped more than 42-feet to win the event at the Villanova University Jack Pyrah Invitational in December.

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