The last time Maryland failed to win the Atlantic Coast Conference Indoor Track Games, Renaldo Nehemiah had not even been born. It was 1955, and that was the only time the Terrapins could not claim to be No. 1.
Today at Cole Field House, Maryland tries to make it 24 in a row and the presence of Nehemiah, world indoor record holder in the 60-yard high hurdles, virtually guarantees an extension of the string of successes.
Assuming he had no difficulty last night in the National AAU Championships in New York, Nehemiah will also run the 60-yard dash in the ACC meet. Nehemiah was fourth in the 60 last year at Raleigh while earning outstanding-performer status, but he is an odds-on favorite to complete a double successfully this time and shatter his conference hurdles record of 7.14 seconds.
Each ACC school is limited to 28 entries in today's meet, which will keep the Terrapins from outscoring the rest of the conference.
"I think we can win it," said Maryland Coach Frank Costello in an obvious understatement.
The afternoon program begins at 2, with necessary trials and one final, the high jump. North Carolina's Lee Shuler, who won last year at 7 feet 2 1/4 inches, is a heavy favorite to repeat.
The major portion of the meet commences at 6 p.m. and tough Terrapins, aside from Nehemiah, include sprinter-long jumper Bob Calhoun; hurdler Greg Robertson; horizontal jumper Dennis Ivory; middle-distance stars Chris Person, Mark Fields and Dave Ungrady; distance runners Dave Cornwell and Irish twins John and Martin Green; pole-vaulter Chip Mc-Carthy and high-jumper Mike Corbin. The Terrapins' two relay teams are highly rated, too.