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Myles, Ferguson Seek National Titles at NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships
03/07/2002

FROSTBURG, MD — Frostburg State juniors Dante Myles (Hyattsville, Md./Archbishop Carroll) and Maria Ferguson (Fairmount Heights, Md./Laurel) will seek national titles in the 55-meter dashes at the NCAA Division III Indoor National Track and Field Championships this weekend at Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio.

Ferguson will compete in her preliminary heat on Friday at 6:25 p.m., while Myles will run at 6:35 p.m. Each heat winner and the runners with the next five best times will advance to Saturday's finals. The women's championship race is set for 4:15 p.m., and the men will follow at 4:25 p.m.

Myles qualified for the national championships with a time of 6.36 seconds at the West Virginia University Holiday Classic December 1 and has also posted a time of 6.35 seconds at both the Denison University Big Red Invitational (Feb. 9) and the Mason-Dixon Conference Championships (Feb. 23).

Myles, who is undefeated in the 55-meters this season, owns the third-fastest time in Division III this year, behind defending indoor champion Chaz Clemons of Lincoln University (6.23) and Wisconsin La Crosse's Dan Tutskey and Lehman College's Nabie Fofanah (6.33).

Myles finished fifth at last year's indoor championships (6.39) to earn All-America honors, and he will look to become FSU's second 55-meter indoor national champion. Joseph Barber won the 1987 title in 6.37 seconds.

"Dante's been working very hard in his quest to break the national indoor record set of 6.22 seconds by Stefan Mascoll (Cortland State, 1999)," said first-year head coach Felix Moreno. "I certainly believe he can get it done."

Ferguson automatically qualified for the championships by running a 7.22 at the Mason-Dixon Conference Championships, tying her own school record she set last season. She also provisionally qualified in the 400-meter dash with a time of 59.09 seconds but just missed the final cut.

"Maria's training and performance in competition has been phenomenal the last few weeks," said Moreno. "The fact that she can focus on only the 55-meter dash this weekend gives her an advantage over her opposition.

"She and I have been working this week on perfecting her starts so that she can take control in the first 10 meters and achieve her ultimate goal which is to win the national title."

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-4371
Fax: 301-687-4780
E-mail: sportsinfo@frostburg.edu