Akbar Wins 800-Meters at Maryland Invitational


Samia Akbar continued her outstanding outdoor season by winning the 800-meters at the Maryland Invitational.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - After one week off, the American women's track team returned to action Saturday at the Maryland Invitational. Junior Samia Akbar continued her successful season, winning the 800-meters. The team finished 11th in a meet won by the University of Maryland.

Akbar cruised to victory in the 800, winning by over two seconds. She has been the first collegiate finisher in the last two races she has entered. Sophomore Jen Baclawski also scored for the Eagles, finishing seventh in the 1,500-meters in 5:03.06.

Two school records were established by the Eagle women at the meet. Leigh Sorkin became the first American female to ever throw the discus, throwing 94' 7 3/4". Sorkin was also the second Eagle female to throw the javelin, throwing 74' 1/2". Chanel Spriggs made the transition from the basketball court to the track and established a new school record in the 100-meter dash in 12.65.

Other additions to the all-time top-10 list include Erin Hickey who moved from sixth to fifth all-time with a four second personal best in the 1,500-meters (5:11.78). Heidi Fishpaw moved into the seventh spot in the same event with her time of 5:17.53. Leah Heinecke-Krumhus moved to third all time in the 400-meter dash with her time of 1:05.30. In the 5,000-meters, Siobhan Uniacke is now fifth all-time (19:09.46) and Lindsay Gilman is eighth (19:59.25)

The Eagles return to action next weekend at the P.G. County Invitational in Landover, Md.