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Ferguson Earns Pair of All-America Honors at National Championships

ST. PAUL, MN — Frostburg State junior Maria Ferguson (Fairmount Heights, Md./Laurel) earned All-America honors in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes with eighth-place finishes in both events Saturday afternoon at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Macalester College.

Ferguson ran a school-record 12.03 seconds in the finals of the 100-meter dash, eclipsing her former mark of 12.14 seconds which she tied in Friday's qualifying heats.

She was one of eight runners to break the Macalester Stadium record of 12.06 seconds.

Ferguson also placed eighth in the 200-meter dash in 25.07 seconds to earn her second All-America honor of the day and the third of her career.

She earned her first award with a third-place finish in the 100-meter dash at the 2001 NCAA Championships.

Cathage (Wisc.) College freshman Muffy Israel won the 100-meter title with a NCAA Division III Championship record time of 11.71 seconds, while Wheaton (Mass.) College sophomore Amber James took home the 200-meter crown in 23.73 seconds.

Wheaton won the women's title with 67.0 points. McMurry University (49) was second and Williams (44) third. Wisconsin-La Crosse (38) and Christopher Newport (34) completed the top five.

Ferguson accounted for both of FSU's two team points as the Bobcats tied for 65th.

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

Telephone: 301-687-4371
Fax: 301-687-4780