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Women's Track and Field Takes Third, Men Place Fourth at Mason-Dixon Indoor Championships

NEWPORT NEWS, VA — Junior All-American Maria Ferguson (Fairmount Heights, Md./Laurel) captured both the 55- and 400-meter dashes, while junior All-American Dante Myles (Hyattsville, Md./Archbishop Carroll) won the 55- and 200-meter dashes to earn the Men's Outstanding Athlete at the Mason-Dixon Conference Indoor Championships Saturday afternoon at Christopher Newport University.

The FSU women scored 57 points to finish third out of seven teams, while the Bobcat men also scored 57 points to place fourth out of seven squads.

Ferguson posted a season-best time of 7.22 seconds, .05 faster than her previous top mark, to win the 55-meter dash and automatically qualify for the NCAA Division III Indoor National Championships.

She won the 400-meter dash in 59.09 seconds, meeting the provisional qualifying mark for the NCAA championships, and followed with a runner-up finish in the 200-meter dash in 26.47 seconds.

She is currently ranked sixth in the nation in the 55-meter dash and 15th in the 400-meter dash.

Ferguson then joined freshman Mysel Abrokwa (Takoma Park, Md./Blair), freshman Lynnea Finch (Owings Mills, Md./Franklin) and junior Serena Wheeler (Baltimore, Md./Mergenthaler) to finish second in the 4x400-meter relay. The team posted a 4:13.20 and qualified for this weekend's ECAC Championships.

Wheeler enjoyed a solid individual meet as well, turning in three top-six finishes. She placed third in the 200-meter dash (26.56), fourth in the 400-meter dash (1:01.02) and sixth in the 55-meter dash (7.56).

Finch added a fifth-place finish in the 400-meter dash (1:03.01), while sophomores Katherine Scruggs (Lusby, Md./Patuxent) and Beth Sauder (Oakland, Md./Southern Garrett) placed sixth in the long jump and 1,500-meter run, respectively. Scruggs jumped 13-9, while Sauder finished in 5:28.01.

Sophomore Trista Smith (Grantsville, Md./Northern Garrett) placed third in the weight throw with a mark of 33-3.5.

On the men's side, Myles once again dominated the field. He repeated as the 55-meter dash champion, tying his personal-best in 6.35 seconds, and he posted a 22.40 in the 200-meter dash to claim the title.

His 55-meter time ranks third fastest in the nation this season, and he looks to challenge the Division III national indoor championship record of 6.22 seconds set by Stefan Mascoll of Cortland State in 1999.

Sophomore Randy Belt (Upper Marlboro, Md./Patuxent) took home FSU's third individual title by winning the pole vault with a mark of 13-7, and he also placed sixth in the 55-meter hurdles in 8.41 seconds with just a five-minute break between events.

Junior Kiki Ellis (Glen Burnie, Md./North County) placed second in the 55-meter dash in 6.49 seconds, while sophomore Dwayne Dabney (Baltimore, Md./Southwestern) was fourth in the 400-meter dash.

Sophomore Matt Holtzman (Reading, Pa./Exeter) placed fourth in the pole vault with a height of 12-0.

Sophomore Michael McGreevy (Cumberland, Md./Allegany) placed fifth in the triple jump (42-0.5) and sixth in the high jump (6-2). Junior Ernie Reviere (Hollywood, Md./Leonardtown) followed with a fifth-place showing in the weight throw.

Freshmen Leon Tucker (Deale, Md./Southern) and Greg Lambert (Columbia, Md./Hammond) posted sixth-place finishes in the 55- and 400-meter dashes. Tucker ran a 6.84, while Lambert finished in 52.21.

"This was by far the best meet we've had this season," said first-year head coach Felix Moreno. "Both Dante and Maria were sensational and dominated in their wins, while Randy was a pleasant surprise. We don't have the depth right now in certain areas, and we are continuing to develop those events. This is something that will certainly change in the near future."

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Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

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