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Myles, Ferguson Earn ECAC Weekly Track Honors After Season-Opening Performances at WVU Classic

CENTERVILLE, MA — Frostburg State junior All-Americans Dante Myles (Hyattsville, Md./Archbishop Carroll) and Maria Ferguson (Fairmount Heights, Md./Laurel) have been honored by the Eastern College Athletic Conference for their season-opening performances last Saturday at the West Virginia University Holiday Classic.

Myles was named the ECAC Division III Men's Track Athlete of the Week after besting a field of Division I and II athletes to win the 55-meter dash in a time of 6.36 seconds, only .05 seconds shy of Joe Barber's school record of 6.31 set in 1987.

Myles automatically qualified for the NCAA Division III Indoor National Championships to be held March 8-9 at Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio.

Myles was also fourth in the 200-meter dash (22.90) and 10th in the 300-meter dash (36.10).

"The team and I have been working very hard during the preseason, and that has made a major difference," said Myles. "Last year, my best time in the 55-meters was 6.39. My goal is to work hard and hopefully break the national record (6.22 set by Cortland State's Stefan Mascoll in 1999)."

Ferguson was named the ECAC Division III Women's Track Athlete of the Week after she met the provisional standard for the NCAA Indoor Championships in the 55-meter dash, posting a time of 7.27 seconds to place sixth at the WVU Holiday Classic.

She was just .05 shy of her own school record she set last year. Ferguson also finished 11th in the 200-meter dash with a time of 27.38 seconds.

"I'm pleased with my performances, and the season looks very promising," Ferguson said. "I strongly believe that we're moving in the right direction and that we should do well as a team."

"I'm very excited for both Dante and Maria," first-year head coach Felix Moreno added. "Dante's performances last week were nothing less than stellar, and he really understands what it takes to win. Maria is an intrinsically motivated student-athlete whose work ethic is an inspiration to the rest of the team.

"We've enjoyed a strong start to the season, and our future success will depend on how well we train over the [holiday] break," Moreno continued. "We need to stay focused and be ready to race in January."

Frostburg State returns to action on January 26 in the Fifth Annual Bucknell University Bison Open in Lewisburg, Pa.

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