HAWK TALK: HAWKS HEAD DOWN THE HOME STRETCH
Ed Tyson finished with a game-high 24 points in the upset win over Hampton on ESPNU.
Ed Tyson finished with a game-high 24 points in the upset win over Hampton on ESPNU.

Feb. 20, 2008

Christopher Delgado
UMES Sports Information

PRINCESS ANNE, Md.-The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) had four teams compete over the past week with men and women's basketball, bowling, and the indoor track teams all seeing action.

BOWLING

The bowling team posted a 9-1 record on their way to a second place finish at the Capital Classic in Dover, Del. UMES (87-20) lost to Fairleigh Dickinson in the four games to two in the finals with an overall difference of one pin, 1231-1230. The tournament featured bracket play.

The Lady Hawks picked up wins over #10 Delaware State, #16 Wisconsin-Whitewater, Howard, Morgan State, Cheyney, #6 New Jersey City, #15 Adelphi, and #20 Bowie State.

Kristina Frahm and Laura Zanrucha were named to the All-Tournament for their efforts. Frahm finished second overall with a 218.6 average, including four games over 200, while Zanrucha posted a 215.2 and four 200 plus games as well.

Frahm was named Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Bowling Athlete of the Week for the third time this season following her tournament performance.

Meanwhile, Zanrucha was also recognized as an `Other Top Performer' by the MEAC for her efforts as well.

Note: The Lady Hawks were ranked second in the latest National Tenpins Coaches Association (NTCA) poll; moving up one spot where they received five first place votes. This marks the highest national ranking ever for a UMES athletic team.

For a complete recap and/or results visit www.umeshawks.com.

INDOOR TRACK

In other action, the indoor track teams were impressive once again but this time at two separate meets.

Tanisha Wisdom set a new school record of 53.57 in the qualifying heats of the 400-meter dash at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational, which bettered her provisional qualifying time for the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships that she accomplished earlier this season.

In the men's events, Allodin Fothergill also set a new school record as he ran a second best 46.83 in qualifying for the 400-meter dash, which provisionally qualified him for the NCAA Championships as well. Fothergill's recorded the fastest 400-meter time in the MEAC this season.

Amon Kiprotich continued the record pace as he posted a new school record in the 3000-meter run with a time of 8:34.83, while Celia Whyte captured first place in the 800-meter run as she crossed the line in 2:11.30.

Another team of competitors were sent to the Christopher Newport University Vince Brown Invitational where they also showed well.

Both teams followed their performances with an impressive showing at the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Championships in Landover, Md. The women's team was named Co-Champions of the MEAC as they ended in a tie for first place with Hampton at 92 points. The men's team finished third with 61 points after climbing from sixth place on day one. Norfolk State and Delaware State took home first and second respectively.

The women won their first track and field championship since the 1992 season win they captured the MEAC Outdoor Championship.

Merrecia James was named MEAC Outstanding Performer for her efforts as she raced to first place finishes in the 800-meter run (2:16), one mile run (5:09), and 3,000-meter run (10:17.50). James also ran a leg on the 4x400 meter relay team (James, Wisdom, Celia Whyte, Sherie Brown) that took first in 3:45.00 and on the distance medley relay team (James, Wisdom, Whyte, Tamica Thomas) which set MEAC, school, and Jamaican records as they captured gold with a time of 11:41.16. Overall, James finished with five gold medals.

Wisdom also won the 200-meter dash (24.32) and 400-meter dash (54.63) on the women's side.

In the men's events, Fothergill captured first in the 200 and 400-meter dashes with respective times of 21.73 and 48.10, while Jamahl Strachan took home first in the high jump with a leap of 2.04 meters (6'8.25").

For a complete recap and/or results visit www.umeshawks.com.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

In other news, the women's basketball team had their seven game school record winning streak snapped by Hampton University and then followed with a disappointing loss to North Carolina A&T University (NCAT).

The Lady Hawks school-record winning streak came to an end as they fell to Hampton, 68-64.

Reid led UMES (14-9, 7-3 MEAC) with a game-high 17 points, while McBride added 16 points, and Morton poured in 15 points. Morton and McBride finished tied for a team-high seven rebounds.

The Lady Hawks followed with a letdown performance as they were toppled by NCAT, 105-79, in a one versus two game.

McBride collected her eighth double-double of the season for UMES (14-10, 7-4 MEAC) with 25 points and 14 rebounds. Reid added 19 points, while Queenique Tyler posted a career-high with 13 points. Chena Parker also chipped in with 12 points.

With the loss UMES moves into a three-way tie with Morgan State and Hampton for fourth place in the MEAC.

For a complete recap and/or results visit www.umeshawks.com.

MEN'S BASKETBALL

Meanwhile, the men's basketball team picked up their second consecutive victory with a an upset of Hampton University on a nationally televised ESPNU game, however; the two-game winning streak was upended by North Carolina A&T University (NCAT).

The Hawks continued their winning ways as they surprised just about everyone, including those watching on ESPNU, with an upset of preseason MEAC favorite Hampton, 68-62.

UMES (4-21, 2-8 MEAC) was led by Tyson who finished with a game-high 24 points as he stepped up his play with the cameras on, while Ishmawiyl McFadden added a career-high 14 points off the bench.

The crowd of over 2,700 would storm the court as the final buzzer sounded, giving the Hawks their first win over Hampton since the 1999-00 season.

In an offensive show, the Hawks gave NCAT all they could handle before falling, 95-85, as both teams combined to shoot over 50 percent in all phases of the game.

Tyson led UMES (4-22, 2-9 MEAC) with a game-high 30 points on a perfect five-of-five shooting from downtown, while Gary Lee finished with a career-high 17 points, including 15 in the second half, on six-of-nine shooting from the field. McFadden followed a career-high performance with a solid 13 points off the bench. BJ Nimocks rounded out the Hawks double digit scoring as he added 10 points to go along with seven boards. Denzel Jackson collected a career-high 12 rebounds to add to his eight points.

For a complete recap and/or results visit www.umeshawks.com.

UPCOMING MEET

The UMES indoor track teams will gear up for the NCAA Indoor Championships when they compete at the Alex Wilson Invitational in Notre Dame, Ind. on March 7 and 8.

UPCOMING TOURNAMENT

The UMES bowling team will head to Bessemer, Ala. to participate in the Holiday Classic on March 1 and 2. The schedule is to be announced.

UPCOMING GAMES

The UMES men and women's basketball teams return for homecoming 2008 as they welcome Florida A&M on Saturday, February 23. They then host Bethune-Cookman on Monday, February 25.

The Lady and Fighting Hawks will face the Rattlers at 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. respectively on Saturday, while Monday's tip-off times against the Wildcats are set for 5:30 p.m. for the women and 7:30 p.m. for the men.

All basketball games can be heard live on www.umeshawks.com and live on the radio at WTGM-AM 960 The Team.