It was a successful weekend for Maryland track and field, as five Terps qualified for the NCAA Championships during this weekend’s NCAA East regional at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville.
Junior Mikella Lefebvre-Oatis started off day one clearing the mark needed to qualify for the NCAA Championships in the high jump, jumping 1.75 meters for her third-highest mark of the season. Senior Jewel Smith punched her ticket later in the day in the long jump, jumping 6.06 meters to clinch her second straight appearance at nationals.
Senior Greg Thompson clinched his spot on day two, finishing fourth in the discus throw preliminaries. Thompson became Maryland’s first male Big Ten champion earlier this year, and his season-best of 65.56 meters is currently the top mark in the NCAA. Sophomore Xahria Santiago also clinched her spot on day two, running a season-best 56.88 in the 400-meter hurdles. Graduate student Alex Lucki qualified in the 1500-meter run on the final day with a time of 4:18.69, her second-fastest time this season.
All five will compete in the NCAA Championships in Austin, Texas, from June 5-8.
In other news
It was a great weekend for Maryland women’s lacrosse. The Terps blitzkrieged Northwestern on Friday in the Final Four thanks to a record-setting offensive onslaught, and beat Boston College on Sunday for its 15th national championship thanks to a great defensive performance.
Thomas wrote about how the title continued the Terps’ remarkable run of dominance.
Here’s a roundup of some of the top stories from Maryland’s win.
Virginia men’s lacrosse joined the Maryland women as national champions, with goalie Alex Rode winning Most Outstanding Player. However, Terps fans know what inanimate object should actually have won the award.
Congrats to Virginia on winning the NCAA men's lacrosse championship.— Testudo Times (@testudotimes) May 27, 2019
And congrats to the crossbar in the Maryland-UVA game for winning Most Outstanding Player.