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College Notebook: Melville setting bar high at Maryland

Maryland is gearing up for the ACC indoor track and field championships, and sophomore Amber Melville, a North Carroll graduate, figures to be a big factor in the Terrapins' success.

Melville, the Times' 2009 Indoor Track Girls Athlete of the Year, recently took second in the high jump at the VT Elite Meet in Blacksburg, Va. Melville cleared 6 feet, a mark that hadn't been reached by a Maryland female jumper since 1980.


Melville tied the second highest jump in school history.

The ACC indoor championship meet begins Feb. 21 back in Blacksburg.



McDaniel touched first in eight of the first nine events en route to a 117-79 Centennial Conference women's swimming victory over Washington in the dual-meet finale on Saturday.

Emma Duesterhaus


Caroline Sussman

each won two individual events to lead the Green Terror (5-7, 2-5 Centennial Conference) to their second straight win.

Duesterhaus was victorious in the 50 freestyle (25.41) and 100 backstroke (1:02.16) for her two individual wins while Sussman added individual victories for McDaniel in the 100 (56.19) and 200 (2:00.65) free.

Sussman and Duesterhaus also joined


Kerrin Holmes


Abbie Schickler

to notch the best time in the 200 free relay, albeit as exhibition. The quartet's time of 1:44.03 ranks ninth on the program's all-time list.

Lexie Jacobs added a pair of wins for the Green Terror. She joined

Kerrie Vanscoy



Leanna Jasek-Rysdahl

and Holmes to open the meet with a victory in the 200 medley relay (1:58.79). Individually, Jacobs also won the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:03.81.

As for the men,

Brad Brooks

won twice for the Green Terror (2-8, 0-6) in a pair of pool-record times while


Bryan Nuckles

also recorded a pair of victories in a loss to the Shoremen.


Chloe Allen-Gorman

, one day after a mile time that ranks second all-time in program history, won the 1,000 meters to lead McDaniel at the Hagerstown Invitational in women's indoor track and field action last Saturday.

The Green Terror notched five top-three finishes at the non-scoring meet. Allen-Gorman won the 1,000 with a time of 3:22.95. Her teammate Becky Kaler was right behind her in second place with a time of 3:24.54 to break into the all-time top 10.


Alva Ecker

won the pole vault, clearing a Centennial Conference-qualifying height of 2.60 meters to move into fourth place in program history. She was also third in the high jump, clearing 1.35 meters.

For the men,

Jordan Birden

won the high jump to lead McDaniel at the Hagerstown Invitational. The Green Terror recorded a total of seven top-three finishes at the non-scoring meet.


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Mount St. Mary's freshman

Shivaughn Wiggins

has been named the Choice Hotels/Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week. It is the second consecutive week and fourth time this year he has earned the honor.

The 5-10 guard averaged 16.5 points, 3.5 assists and 2.0 steals as the Mount split a pair of Northeast Conference games. Wiggins tallied a career-high 22 points in the Mount's 69-58 win at Saint Francis (Pa.) on Saturday, going 5 for 9 from the field, 2 of 2 from 3-point range, and 10 for 10 at the free-throw line. On Thursday, he had 11 points and four assists in the Mount's 74-65 loss at Wagner.

Wiggins has four NEC Rookie of the Week honors this season, matching him with

Chris McGuthrie


for the most all-time by a Mount player.