FROSTBURG, MD —
The Frostburg State University men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams take high expectations into the 2002-03 season when they begin the year Saturday at the West Virginia University Holiday Invitational.
The return of several top performers and an increase in depth with the addition of a host of talented recruits have both squads looking to post impressive seasons under second-year head coach Felix Moreno.
The Bobcat men, who placed fourth out of seven teams at the Mason-Dixon Conference championships, will look to senior Randy Belt (Upper Marlboro, Md./Patuxent), junior Greg Lambert (Columbia, Md./Hammond) and junior Tyque McCarthy (Bowie, Md./Central) to lead a solid sprinting corps.
Belt provides FSU with excellent versatility, competing in the 400- and 500-meter events and also running on the 4x400 relay team. A national contender in the outdoor 400-meter hurdles last season, Belt has the potential to challenge for ECAC and NCAA honors during the winter campaign.
Like Belt, Lambert will compete in the 400- and 500-meters as well as on the 4x400-meter relay team. He should be a strong challenger at the Mason-Dixon and ECAC Championships and should qualify for nationals.
McCarthy has the potential to qualify for the NCAA championships in the 55-meter and should also be strong in the 200 and 4x400 relay.
The Bobcats will also turn to a promising freshman class to provide needed depth. Kevin Brown (Baltimore, Md./Mergenthaler), Darren Fewell (Brookville, Md./Sherwood), Roderick Fuller (Ashburn, Va./Stone Bridge) and Matt Morgan (Frostburg, Md./Beall) could score critical points throughout the season.
Junior Patrick Malone (Glen Gardner, N.J./Voorhees) will lead the Bobcat throwers in the shot put. He turned in a top mark of 35-7.5 during last year’s indoor season. Sophomore Terrell Hayes (Rockville, Md./Wheaton) returns in the hammer and discus, while freshmen Mike Blanchard (Baltimore, Md./Mt. St. Joe) and Scott Smith (Fredericksburg, Va./Chancellor) look to make immediate impacts in the shot put and discus.
An improved and deeper distance running squad should also bolster the Bobcats throughout the year.
Junior Maria Ferguson (Fairmount Heights, Md./Laurel) and senior Serena Wheeler (Baltimore, Md./Mergenthaler) headline the FSU women’s team, which placed third at Mason-Dixon Conference championships and has grown from 10 members a year ago to 24 this season.
Ferguson will aim to defend her 55- and 400-meter Mason-Dixon titles and should also threaten in the 200 after placing second a year ago. She was also third in the 55-meter dash at the ECAC Championships and qualified for the NCAA championships in the event but missed advancing to the final by a mere .01 seconds.
Wheeler will look to build upon a strong performance at the Mason-Dixon meet, where she helped FSU to a runner-up finish in the 4x400-meter relay and turned in three top-six showings. She will team with Ferguson to form a tough sprinting duo.
Sophomores Lynnea Finch (Owings Mills, Md./Franklin) and twins Katherine and Marissa Scruggs (Lusby, Md./Patuxent) are expected to carry over the success they enjoyed from their solid freshman seasons. Finch will focus on the 200- and 400-meter events as well as the 4x400-meter relay, Katherine will compete in the long and triple jumps and Marissa will continue her progress in the hurdles.
Senior Cindy Reese (Westminster, Md./Westminster) looks to cap her strong pole vaulting career in style. She turned in an indoor season-best mark of 9-4.25 at the Lynchburg Classic.
Moreno will also look for solid performances from promising freshmen Chelsea Lewis (Indianapolis, Ind./Pike), Heather Lease (Cumberland, Md./Fort Hill), Laura Knight (Fallston, Md./Bel Air), Tredia Howell (Baltimore, Md./Franklin), Ashley Amezcua (Keedysville, Md./Boonsboro) and Jennifer Waskiewicz (Taneytown, Md./Francis Scott Key).
Like the men’s distance runners, the women’s squad features a deep and talented group that could collect important points throughout the year.
"We should be very competitive in all events on both the men’s and women’s teams this year," said Moreno. "We’ve got more depth in every event, and we’re looking to turn in strong performances at both the Mason-Dixon and ECAC Championships. We have 10-12 athletes with the potential to qualify for the NCAA national championships."
For further information on this release, contact:
Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD 21532-2303