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Maryland women's golf and track and field athletes win Big Ten Weekly Honors

Maryland athletes continue to excel in the Terrapins' first year in the Big Ten. Golfer Juliet Vongphoumy and track star Thea LaFond each garnered a little hardware.

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The Big Ten likes giving awards and Maryland Terrapin athletes like collecting them. Sure, everyone expects the Terps to dominate the lacrosse awards (and they do) and baseball awards could come with some frequency. However, Maryland has some outstanding athletes in other sports as well. The names of the newest members of the spring Athlete of the Week Award recipients, Juliet Vongphoumy and Thea LaFond, will be familiar to readers with long and detailed memories since each won awards in the fall season.

Juliet Vongphoumy

Vongphoumy is a senior on Maryland's women's golf team and won the B1G Women's Golfer of the Week in the fall season on Oct. 15. At the Ole Miss Rebel Golf Classic, Vongphoumy shot a three round total two under par 214 that included a final round of 68. The total placed her third individually and helped Maryland finish seventh in an 18-team field that included four programs in the top 20 and No. 40 Keenesaw State.

Thea LaFond

My regular readers should certainly recognize Thea LaFond's name. The senior from Silver Spring has been a prominent feature of all of my stories (okay maybe both) about Maryland's track and field team. LaFond has had an outstanding year in both the indoor and outdoor seasons. She previously won an indoor Field Athlete of the Week on Jan. 12 and can now add an outdoor Field Athlete of the Week Award to that accolade.

LaFond finished second in the high jump at the Florida Relays clearing 1.85 meters (just shy of 6'1"). That jump is good for fifth best nationally. She also anchored Maryland to a school record 55.85 second finish in the 4x110 meter shuttle hurdle relay.