HYATTSVILLE, MD – The University of the District of Columbia Women's Indoor Track & Field team competed in the Terrapin Invitational hosted by the University of Maryland at Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex on Saturday.
Highlights for the meet included two top-10 event finishes. Freshman Temera Duncan was 7th of 42 competitors with a season-best time of 26.54 in the 200M, and freshman Niasia Harding was 10th of 30 competitors in the 400M with a time of 1:00.07.
Other quality performances in the track events included an 11th place showing out of 43 racers with an 8.07 finish in the 60M dash by junior Stacy-Ann Rowe, a 9.41 running in the 60M hurdles by Shannell Hibbert good for 12th place out of 37, and an 18th place finish out of 30 in the 400M by Deasia Greer with a time of 1:01.83.
According to first year head coach Joel Phillip, the Firebirds had been looking forward to running a season-best time in the 4x400M Relay, but an injury prevented them from doing so.
"Temera [Duncan] felt some tightness in her calves and pulled up on the first leg," he explained.
In the field events, senior Brittany Okon leapt out to 4.74M to place 17th of 31 in the Long Jump event, and senior Iman Scott and junior Tajah Franklin placed 27th and 28th, respectively, out of 32 competitors in the Shot Put event. Scott threw 9.69M and Franklin, 9.39M – both season bests.
The Firebirds now have two weeks to get ready for their next meet – the Vince Brown Invitational in Newport News, VA on February 4th.
"We did not do quite as well as we did last week, but the student-athletes gave their best effort," Phillip said. "We have this upcoming weekend off, and we will use it to get some rest and recovery."