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Terrapin Invitational Recap
By: Matt Davis

Yesterday was the Indoor Maryland Terrapin Invitational and there was a lot of moco alumns on display, public and private, as well as a great mens duel between UMBC and UMD. I would like to aplogize in advance. I'm not gonna write much about the races except for those with alumns. UMD women pretty much handled everyone else except Hampton but still won, 140.5-110.

Starting off with the 60 meter dash we had moco alumn Dosu Teyibo from Barrie HS for UMBC who ran 7.20 for 17th place. Just behind him was Einstein alumn Salifu Cham of Morgan State who ran 7.24. UMD was able to take 3rd and 4th in the finals.

In the 60m Hurdles UMBC took 3rd while Maryland just nipped 8th.

In the womens 400, DIII all-american Christina Washington started off her season with a a 1:00.57 in a very slow heat that was not run in lanes. On the mens side Watkins Mill star Brandon Addison got boxed in bad but had an amazing kick to run 50.38. He came back and ran 49.56 in the 4x400. Also Chris Brown of GC/UMD ran 51.72.

(listing distance races in order they happened)

For the DMR, UMD men scored first with a time of 10:43. I don't have exact splits but I think Kyle Graves ran 3:13 or so and Corey Puffett ran 4:32.

In the 5000 American went 1-4 all right around 14:48. UMBC had two of its younger guys in the race, and they scored 5/6 running 15:11.

Next in the womens mile we saw Lauren Centrowitz cruise to a 4:54. It looked like a tempo pace. Than came Maryam Fikri of Churchill in 5:19 and Blair standout Halsey Sinclair in 5:27.

In the men's mile race Maryland scored big. Greg Kelsey scored first with a 4:08 and Kyle Gaffney of Blake ran 4:14.99 scoring 4th. UMD also scored 6/7.

In the 1k, UMBC men picked up 24 points with a 1-2-3 sweep. The three guys ran 2:30. It was a slow race from the gun and they pulled away with about 400m to go. Sean O'leary of WJ scored 5th with a 2:35.51. UMD placed 4/5.

The womens 3k showed Ashlyn Sinclair also of Blair, and she ran 10:37.

The men's 3k was a duel between Maryland's Chris Conway and B-CC/UMBC star Chris Bowie. They went back and forth for almost the whole race and with 600 meters to go Chris Bowie was tripped (not sure by who, I think he was passing someone) and from there Conway was able to pull away with a 8:53.77 first collegiate place, Bowie was second in 8:59. UMBC freshman Tommy Eldridge scored 7th in 9:21. This race also had Nic Escobar coming back off injury, he struggled however running a 9:35, obviously in a lot of pain. William Orndorff, formely of Rockville now at Lynchburg ran 9:28.

The womens 800 had lots of alumns at UMD: Maryam Fikri of Churchill leading the way with a 2:23.23, Lauren Sumner of Clarksburg ran 2:27.24, and Blair standout Halsey Sinclair ran 2:28.46.

In the mens 800 race Kyle Graves of GC ran 2:00.73, Sean O'leary of WJ ran 2:01.24, Kyle Gaffney of Blake ran 2:03.75, and Corey Puffett ran 2:07.28. UMD men took 1/2/5 while UMBC took 3/4/7.

In the men's 4x4 Maryland scored 4th with a time of 3:24.

UMBC was able to pick up a bunch of points in the Polevault, Martin Nevarez (AZ) jumped 15-05 for second. (wow thats high...) They also scored 7/8.

In the Men's long jump, Dosu of Barrie/UMBC jumped 20-06.5 for 5th. Former Springbrook Star Joffrey Alcidor also jumped 19-00.75.

The women's triple jump had Arielle Statham of Paint Branch/Maryland, however after jumping 36-07, she fouled/ND her next 5 jumps.

UMBC took third in the men's triple.

In the throws, UMBC men and UMD Women seemed to dominate, taking first and 7th. Arron Brooks of Dematha/UMBC won in a just miss of the school record 50-06 (with a 16 pound shot not a 12 pound). In the weight throw UMBC took 2nd/5th. Brooks throwing 49-03, while Maryland took 3rd/7th.

The final men's score were:
1) UMBC 105
2) Maryland 99

It was a great battle and I can't wait to see it again outdoors. Go UMBC!!!

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