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Maryland hurdles past field

Thea LaFond pulls away from field Saturday.
Thea LaFond pulls away from field Saturday.
Maryland Athletic Department

Chioma Onyekwere (Fairfax, VA) and Thea LaFond (Silver Spring, MD) led the Terps women to victory at the Maryland Invitational Jan. 18 each won a pair of events at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex.

Maryland carried the day with 141 points followed by Navy 85 and UMBC 69 among 14 teams. On the men’s side, Johns Hopkins topped Howard 117-114 with Coppin State (104) third in the 10-team field. Results are available here.

The Terps simply overpowered opponents in the throws where Onyekwere won both the weight throw and shot put and Sonya Napariu placed third. Navy’s Maressa Guyan took second in the weight throw. Morgan State’s Ranita Mealter was second in the shot put.

Both Onyekwere (57-1.5) and Guynn (53-11.25) qualified for post season competition.

LaFond won the 60-meter hurdles (8.71) and long jump (20-2.50). A rivalry was created when Howard freshman Jori Clark (Greenbelt, MD) topped Terp frosh Lisa Meneau by .01 to claim third place. Hopefully the next four years will feature many close races between these two.

Amber Melville’s win in the high jump came at 6-0. Teammate Amina Smith (Lusby, MD) was second at 5-10.75.

Coppin State’s Jennifer Mitchell vaulted 38-9 to win the triple jump. Middies Crystan Mclymore and Sarah Barnum finished second and third. UDC’s Shauna Kay Creary finished fifth with a leap of 35-2.

Navy’s Amanda Graham placed first in the pole vault with an indoor personal-best mark of 3.45m. Her teammate Marissa Stewart was second at 3.3m.

The Terps dominated the runs starting with the 5,000 where Kate Kanetzky and Rebecca Yep took first and second. That continued with Julie Sinkovitz in the mile and Myah Hicks (Alexandria, VA) at 600.

The exceptions were AU’s Julia Sullivan winning the 3,000 meter run in a personal-best 10:04.21 and Hopkins’ Maggie Shelton in the 800.

The 200 dash was determined by .02 seconds as Loyola’s Jeanine Gill stretched by Howard’s Skylar Buchanan. The difference between third and fourth in the 400 was even closer as UMBC’s Paulette Fogle nosed by teammate Deborah Adelola by .01 seconds.

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