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Women's Track and Field Finishes Second at Mason-Dixon Championships

NEWPORT NEWS, VA — The Frostburg State women's track and field team finished second out of seven teams at the Mason-Dixon Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships Saturday at Christopher Newport University's Freeman Center.

The Bobcat women scored 89 points but were easily outdistanced by Christopher Newport, which compiled 218 points. Mary Washington was third with 53 points, followed by Salisbury (35), Catholic (34), Methodist (19) and Gallaudet (15).

Junior All-American Maria Ferguson (Fairmount Heights, Md./Laurel) continued her strong season, winning the 400-meter dash and posting runner-up finishes in both the 55- (7.30 seconds) and 200-meter (25.87) dashes.

She met the provisional qualifying mark for the NCAA Division III Championships in the 55-meters, and she also qualified for the ECAC Championships in both the 200- and 400-meters.

Senior Serena Wheeler (Baltimore, Md./Mergenthaler) also qualified for the ECAC Championships in the 200-meter dash with her fifth-place time of 26.94.

Ferguson and Wheeler later joined sophomores Lynnea Finch (Owings Mills, Md./Franklin) and Mysel Abrokwah (Takoma Park, Md./Blair) to finish second in the 4x400-meter relay. The foursome turned in a season-best time of 4:09.15 to qualify for the ECAC Championships.

Senior Cindy Reese (Westminster, Md./Westminster) rewrote the FSU school record in the pole vault for the third time this season, turning in a mark of 10' 6" to finish second and qualify for the ECAC Championships. She just missed the NCAA Championship minimum by three-fourths of an inch.

Freshman Laura Knight (Fallston, Md./Bel Air) finished fourth in the event with a personal-best height of 9' 6".

Freshman Sarah Valenta (Frostburg, Md./Homeschool) placed second in the 5,000-meter run in a personal-record time of 19:49.70, while senior Inga Olsen (Thurmont, Md./Catoctin) and junior Katy Eads (West Point, Iowa/Central Lee) were fifth (20:12.87) and sixth (20:23.06), respectively, in the event.

Junior Beth Sauder (Oakland, Md./Southern Garrett) finished sixth in the 800-meter run in 2:39.94 and was also eighth in the 1,500-meter run in 5:21.21.

Freshmen Tredia Howell (Baltimore, Md./Franklin) and Jenn Waskiewicz (Taneytown, Md./Francis Scott Key) both enjoyed strong afternoons. Howell was second in the high jump (4' 10") and fourth in the long jump (14' 10.75"), while Waskiewicz was second in the weight throw (38' 2.75") and fourth in the shot put (32' 5"). Waskiewicz's marks are both personal-bests.

Sophomore Katherine Scruggs (Lusby, Md./Patuxent) finished fourth in the triple jump with a leap of 31' 4", while the FSU women's distance medley team finished fourth in 14:14.52.

The Bobcats return to action in the ECAC Division III Championships to be held March 7-8 at Tufts University in Medford, Mass.

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