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Indoor Track and Field Squads Enjoy Impressive Debuts at WVU Classic

MORGANTOWN, WV — The Frostburg State University men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams posted impressive season-opening performances at the annual West Virginia University Holiday Classic Saturday in the WVU Shell Building.

Junior All-American Maria Ferguson (Fairmount Heights, Md./Laurel) began her season in style with runner-up finishes in the 60- and 200-meter dashes. She ran a 7.55 in the 60-meter finals to automatically qualify for both the NCAA and ECAC Championships, and she set a school record in the 200 with a time of 25.69, shattering the former mark of 26.36 set by Betty Barnes in 1989.

Senior Serena Wheeler (Baltimore, Md./Mergenthaler) placed third in the 300-meters in 42.92, just shy of Gail Brown's school record of 42.60 set in 1985.

Ferguson and Wheeler then teamed with sophomores Mysel Abrokwah (Takoma Park, Md./Blair) and Lynnea Finch (Owings Mills, Md./Franklin) for a third-place finish in the 4x400-meter relay. The team posted a time of 4:15.39 and just missed the ECAC qualifying mark of 4:14.24.

Freshman Tredia Howell (Baltimore, Md./Franklin) was impressive in her first collegiate meet, finishing fourth in the high jump with a mark of 1.59 meters to qualify for the ECAC Championships. She also placed eighth in the long jump with a leap of 4.52 meters.

Freshman Chelsea Lewis (Indianapolis, Ind./Pike) posted a pair of eighth-place showings. She qualified for the ECAC Championships with a 7.96 in the 60-meter dash and added a 27.76 in the 200.

Freshman Jennifer Waskiewicz (Taneytown, Md./Francis Scott Key) was seventh in the shot put with a mark of 10.26 meters.

On the men's side, junior Travis Bouldin (Greensboro, Md./North Caroline) won the triple jump with a leap of 13.93 meters to qualify for the ECAC Championships. Bouldin, who just missed the NCAA Championships standard of 14.0 meters, also placed third in the long jump with a distance of 6.44 meters.

Promising freshman Matt Morgan (Frostburg, Md./Beall) qualified for the ECAC Championships in the 500-meters, posting a time of 1:07.51 to place fifth.

Junior Greg Lambert (Columbia, Md./Hammond) also qualified in the event with his sixth-place finish of 1:07.56 and added a 10th-place showing in the 300-meter run in 36.79.

Freshman Darren Fewell (Brookville, Md./Sherwood) was third in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.40, while junior Tyque McCarthy (Bowie, Md./Central) and freshman Roderick Fuller (Ashburn, Va./Stone Bridge) were eighth (23.78) and ninth (23.82), respectively, in the 200-meter dash.

Morgan, McCarthy, Lambert and senior Randy Belt (Upper Marlboro, Md./Patuxent) then teamed for a fourth-place finish in the 4x400-meter relay in 3:30.91.

Sophomore Terrell Hayes (Rockville, Md./Wheaton) set a personal record in the weight throw, placing fifth at 11.74 meters, while freshman Mike Blanchard (Baltimore, Md./Mt. St. Joe) placed ninth in the shot put with a distance of 12.30 meters.

"I was impressed with our performance, considering it was our first meet and our younger athletes were a bit nervous," said second-year head coach Felix Moreno. "This meet validates our fall conditioning efforts, and my staff and I are pleased with the results. We look forward to having an excellent indoor season."

The Bobcats return to action on January 25 in the Prince George's Complex Meet in Landover.

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