Greg Thompson became Maryland track & field’s first male Big Ten champion in program history on Sunday.
At the conference championships at the University of Iowa, Thompson bested out all of his opponents in the men’s discus. The senior threw for 57.76 meters, just enough to take down Michigan State’s Jeremiah Evans (57.05 meters).
Podium Pic The CHAMPION in the Men’s Discus, Greg Thompson #B1GTF pic.twitter.com/RTL8pcTjSj— Maryland Track & Field (@MarylandTrack) May 12, 2019
The victory doesn’t come as a surprise. Thompson has been a force all season, from taking first place and setting a new school record (65.56 meters) at the Penn Relays to winning three Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week honors. He has won seven of the eight discus competitions he’s participated in this outdoor season, placing second once.
No other Terps earned first place finishes for men’s or women’s at the championships, but Xahria Santiago was the runner-up in the women’s 400-meter hurdles and Leah Blackall was the runner-up in the women’s triple jump. Maryland also finished third in the men's 4x400 relay, and Jewel Smith placed third in the women's long jump. In addition, the program earned two fourth-place finishes and two fifth-place finishes.
The Terps’ NCAA regional competition starts May 23 in Jacksonville, Florida.
What a weekend❗️— Andrew Valmon, OLY (@AValmon) May 12, 2019
1️⃣ Big Ten Champion
2️⃣ Big Ten Runner Ups
2️⃣ 3RD Place All Big Ten
2️⃣ 4TH Place
2️⃣ 5TH Place
1️⃣ 6TH Place
2️⃣ 7TH Place
1️⃣ 8TH Place
1️⃣ SCHOOL RECORD
In other news
Maryland men's lacrosse defeated Towson 14-13 in overtime in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday. The Terps will face No. 3-seeded Virginia in the quarterfinals this Saturday at noon.
Maryland women’s lacrosse also picked up a win in the NCAA Tournament, crushing Stony Brook 17-8 in College Park. The Terps advance to face Denver, who they defeated in the tournament last season.
Maryland baseball lost its weekend series against Minnesota, dropping the third game on Sunday, 2-1. With the loss, the Terps stay under .500 with a 24-27 record, as well as a 9-12 conference mark.
Five Maryland men’s lacrosse players were given Inside Lacrosse All-American honors on Sunday night. Jared Bernhardt was named a Third Team All-American, and Curtis Corley, Anthony DeMaio, Roman Puglise and Logan Wisnauskas earned honorable mentions.
In mock drafts released over the weekend, Maryland basketball’s Bruno Fernando continues to be projected as a late first-round pick. CBS Sports had him going to the Brooklyn Nets at No. 27 and Bleacher Report had him being picked 26th by the Portland Trailblazers.
The Portland Trail Blazers, with Jake Layman as supporting staff, are moving onto the NBA Western Conference Finals. They will face the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors.
BLAZERS. IN. 7. pic.twitter.com/hjp7rUSJ7V— Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) May 12, 2019