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Women's Track and Field Falls Short in Qualifying Heats On First Day of National Championships

FROSTBURG, MD — Frostburg State University came up short in qualifying for the finals in two events on the first day of the NCAA Division III Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championships Thursday at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y.

Junior Maria Ferguson (Laurel/Fairmount Heights, Md.) finished sixth out of seven runners in her 200-meter heat, posting a time of 26.16 seconds. The top finisher in each heat and the next six best times advance to Saturday's final, with the top time 25.11.

Ferguson and freshman Chelsea Lewis (Pike/Indianapolis, Ind.), freshman Heather Lease (Fort Hill/Cumberland, Md.) and senior Serena Wheeler (Mergenthaler/Baltimore, Md.) also came up shy in the 4x100-meter relay trials.

The quartet placed sixth in their heat with a time of 48.45 seconds. The top finisher in both heats and the next seven best times move on to Saturday's final, with the best time 46.86.

Ferguson will run in the 100-meter trials on Friday at 7:25 pm. The 100-meter final is scheduled for Saturday at 3:00 pm.

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