HAWK TALK: A WEEKLY RECAP OF UMES ATHLETICS
Kraig Webb (pictured) won the 800m at the Coach O Invitational with a time of 2:06.92
Kraig Webb (pictured) won the 800m at the Coach O Invitational with a time of 2:06.92

Jan. 7, 2013

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – The first week of the New Year saw two teams in action for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore athletics program. The women’s indoor track team brought in 2013 with a second-place finish at the Delaware Invitational, while the men’s basketball team lost a close decision at American and the men’s indoor track team hosted the Coach O Invitational. Also, two teams inked NLI signees and bowling saw good honors in two polls.

Let’s take a look at action from this past week:

MEN’S BASKETBALL

The UMES men’s basketball team opened up 2013 with its 12th consecutive loss to begin the season. The squad dropped a 63-49 decision at American.

The team fell behind early but would come storming back to bring the game to within four, 24-20, with 4:37 left in the first after a trey by newcomer Jarrod Davis. The Hawks’ deficit would reach double-digits, but the men went on a run midway through the second and brought the game to within six, 42-36, after a pair of free-throws by junior Ronald Spencer (Sicklerville, N.J.). Senior Olatunji Kosile (Lagos, Nigeria) nailed a free-throw to cap a 5-0 run and bring the Hawks within four midway through the second.  His tally was as close as UMES would get the rest of the way.

Junior Troy Snyder (Chicago, Ill.) was the top performer for the Hawks as he posted team-highs in points (13), rebounds (seven) and blocks (two). He posted a 4-for-8 line from the floor in a team-high 36 minutes. It was the fourth time this season that he led the team in scoring.

Freshman Dominique Cowell (Hampton, Va.) had a game-high three steals and five assists, while the team shot 38-percent from the floor from long range.

For his effort, Snyder was named the male recipient of PRMC UMES Athlete of the Week for the week of January 7.

WOMEN’S INDOOR TRACK

The women’s indoor track team placed second at the Delaware Invitational this past weekend. The team notched 150 total points, 56 points higher than Coppin State, who placed third.

The women had 10 student-athletes record top-3 finishes. It was the effort of junior Imani Cox (Plainfield, N.J.) that was the top for the Hawks as she posted two top-3 finishes. Cox won the shot put with a throw of 14.27 and had a second-place heave of 16.86 in the weight throw. Her throw in the shot put was over three feet farther than the closest competitor.

Senior Emilie Ducados (Paris, France) placed first the in the 800m (2:23.02), while junior Latasha Moore (Silver Spring, Md.) won the 200m (28.38) and freshman Shantol Hemley (St. Catherine, Jamaica) won gold in the 1000m (3:06.52).

The team also saw junior Geranda Williams (Waldorf, Md.) win the triple jump with a jump of 12.03m and senior Lenora Guion-Firmin (La Trinite, Martinique) dominated the competition with a first-place time in the 500m (1:16.78). Guion-Firmin won her race by over four seconds.

For her effort, Cox was named the female recipient of PRMC UMES Athlete of the Week for the week of January 7.

MEN’S INDOOR TRACK

The UMES men’s track team hosted the Coach O Invitational at the William P. Hytche Athletic Center on Saturday. Although the meet was not a scoring meet for teams, five student-athletes placed first at the three-team event.

Kraig Webb (Elizabeth, N.J.) won the 800m with a time of 2:06.92, while junior Dwayne Powell (Mitchellville, Md.) placed first in the 200m in 22.12. Sophomore Dillon Simon (Pottersville, Roseau) threw the shot put four-meters farther than the closest competitor to win with a heave of 17.21m and junior Aaron Chatman (Waldorf, Md.) ran a 1:06.31 to win the 500m. Junior George Chandler (Birdsnest, Va.) took gold in the weight throw with a toss of 14.25m.

PECKS …

  • BASEBALL – Announced the signings of two NLI’s in catcher Justin Dattilo and RHP Jesse Stinnett
  • BOWLING – Recently became ranked 10th in the National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association poll and 11th in the International Bowling Media Association poll
  • WOMEN’S BASKETBALL – Senior Sha-Kiyla Finney was spotlighted in UMES’ newest weekly column,  “A Walk with a Hawk …”
  • WOMEN’S BASKETBALL – Announced the signings of three NLI’s in forward Brianna Mack, guard Mariah McCoy and guard Briana Sye

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