Men’s Outdoor Track & Field will continue at the University of Maryland, director of athletics Kevin Anderson announced Tuesday. Private donations provided to the `Save Our Sports’ fundraising effort will allow men’s outdoor track to continue for the next two years prior to the transition to the Big Ten Conference in 2014.
“Our decision to move to the Big Ten Conference will provide enormous benefits to the University of Maryland, both athletically and academically,” said President Loh. “The continuation of our storied track and field program is a great first step. I look forward to additional recommendations from the Commission on how to ensure the productive and positive integration into the Big Ten.”
“We are very excited to continue the outstanding legacy of the men’s track and field program at the University of Maryland,” said Anderson. “We sincerely appreciate the commitment and dedication made by our student-athletes, Coach Valmon and his staff during this transition. We have reconvened the President’s Commissions and with their help we will evaluate the potential of reinstating sports programs at Maryland once we transition into the Big Ten Conference. Thanks to the generosity of our donors who stepped up to meet the financial challenges, we will continue the men’s outdoor track and field program and give the President’s Commission the time they need to evaluate long-term options and come back to us with some recommendations.”
Head coach Andrew Valmon, entering his 10th season with the Terps, will compete with 14 student-athletes during the 2012-13 outdoor season. Valmon most recently spent the past summer serving as the men’s head coach for Team USA at the London Olympics.
“I want to thank our administration, fans, alumni and supporters who have been behind us during the past year,” said Valmon. “I am very happy for our student-athletes who have shown a strong commitment to our program through this entire process. This is an exciting first step as we look forward to the start of our competitive season.”
Funding has been raised for men’s outdoor track and field to reach its first benchmark goal, but seven other sports have been discontinued at the University of Maryland, athletics director Kevin Anderson announced Monday. According to a plan detailed early in the spring, men’s track and field will compete with 14 student-athletes during the 2012-13 outdoor season. Though a number of other benchmarks must be met for men’s outdoor track and field to continue in perpetuity, efforts by supporters, alumni, parents and Maryland Athletics staff have given the program a chance to move forward.
“The support and effort put toward saving these sports has been noteworthy,” said Anderson. “Much work needs to be done, but we’re fortunate that we now have a chance to preserve the long legacy of success that men’s track and field has enjoyed at Maryland, including a string of 25 years of ACC team championships from 1956 to 1980.”
Head coach Andrew Valmon, who will be the men’s track head coach for Team USA at the London Olympics, will focus on his plans for the continuation of the Terrapin track program following the Olympic Games.
Three-time All-American Kiani Profit, who finished her eligibility at the University of Maryland with a trip to the NCAA Outdoor Championships earlier this month, will compete in the heptathlon at the U.S. Olympic Trials on Friday and Saturday.
Profit, who hails from Pasadena, Calif., is part of a strong field that will battle for a berth to the 2012 Olympic Games to be held in London. She finished ninth at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Nationals in the heptathlon.
The top three finishers at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials who have hit the Olympic `A’ standard of 6,150 points qualify for the London Games. from umterps.com
Maryland senior Kiani Profit was second in the heptathlon 800-meter run Friday in 2:10.71 and finished ninth overall in the two-day competition at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships hosted by Drake University.
Profit scored 5,625 points in the event to finish ninth overall in an outstanding field. Her total is expected to earn her second team All-America designation when the honors are announced by the U.S. Track & Field / Cross Country Coaches Association on Monday.
This is the weekend every NCAA Division I track and field coach and student-athlete have been pointing toward all year.
According to Maryland head coach Andrew Valmon, the final rounds of the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships are the product of successful careers for seniors Kiani Profit and Zack Ray, and junior Jon Hill.
“This group of athletes has led by example throughout their career,” said Valmon, who next month will be the head coach of Team USA at the London Olympics. “They have done remarkable things and have overcome many obstacles to reach this level.”
The Terrapin threesome advanced to this weekend either by performances two weeks ago at the East Preliminary Rounds or, in the case of Profit, by her mark in the heptathlon set earlier in the season.
Kiani Profit–Competes in the Heptathalon Thursday at 2PM
Zack Ray–400 Hurdles Wednesday night at 9:15
Jon Hill—High Jump Thursday Night at 6PM
Maryland junior Dwight Barbiasz finished fifth in the high jump at the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Drake Stadium. Barbiasz cleared 7-2 ½ (2.20m) to garner four points for Maryland in the championships. The Milford, N.H., native cruised through his first four jumps. He needed only one extra attempt to clear 7-2 ½ before ultimately tripping up at the 7-3 ¾ mark, his personal-best leap. Erik Kynard (Kansas State) captured the high jump title with a mark of 7-6.
When Dwight Barbiasz lines up for his first jump this Friday at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, he will have someone in his corner who has been there before. Barbiasz will be joined by assistant coach Frank Costello, a former two-time All-American in the high jump as a Terp in 1965 and 1966. The duo will battle for a national title this weekend in Des Moines, IA.
For head coach Andrew Valmon, it is a match made in heaven. “Frank Costello started the high jump legacy at Maryland and we pride ourselves on uniting the past of Maryland track and field with the future of the program,” Valmon said. “Dwight embodies the characteristics of someone who can continue this tradition and leave a strong mark on our program’s history.”
Kristen Batts made the most of her final throw of the women’s discus competition Thursday, capturing the individual championship to become the first winner of the Atlantic Coast Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships being hosted by Duke University. Batts, a Terrapin senior, had a mark of 160 feet, 11 inches to win the competition. It was Maryland’s first individual win on the women’s side since 2007 when Toni Aluko won the high jump during the last time the Terps’ hosted the league championships. It was Maryland’s first win in the women’s discus since Marita Walton won the event in 1983.