Cynthia Anais finished fifth in the 800 meter run in the Florida Relays.

Cynthia Anais finished fifth in the 800 meter run in the Florida Relays.

April 4, 2011

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. -- An exciting week of UMES athletics came to a close as the spring season continues. UMES bowling found out about their postseason aspirations while baseball, softball, tennis and outdoor track all competed during the week.

After they won the MEAC Championship, the Hawks were chosen to compete in the NCAA Tournament for the eighth straight time, being only one of three schools to have been chosen all eight years of the event. UMES will begin preparations for the title, which will commence on April 14th in Detroit.

"We are very excited," said head coach Sharon Brummell when the Hawks were chosen, "This is a very tough field, very strong and we have a lot of work ahead of us to get to our goal of another NCAA championship."

The Hawks fought well as MEAC play continued for UMES, going 1-4 overall in the week, including a 6-5 seven-inning victory over Delaware State. UMES fell in their four other games, including 11-7 to Coppin State, 14-3 to Lehigh on the road and a pair to Delaware State 6-0 and 14-4. The Hawks stand at 4-23 on the season and are currently .500 in conference play at 3-3.

Bryan Chaikowsky (Bethlehem, Pa.) increased his hit streak to nine games, hitting 7-for-21 during the week with three runs and three RBI. Luis Mena (Cape Coral, Fla.) hit his second home run of the season for two RBI in the second game against Delaware State for the eventual winning run. Matt Witte (Westminster, Md.) got his second win in as many straight starts with a complete game thrown, allowing just four runs against the Hornets.

After a mid-week road doubleheader got postponed due to rain, the Hawks prepared for their first conference series against Hampton at home. Despite outscoring their opponent 23-21 in the set, UMES fell to the Pirates 14-9 in the first game and 3-2 in the second, but the Hawks fought back to take game three 12-4 (5) to improve to 5-24 on the season, going 1-2 in MEAC play.

Amber Corrigan (Montgomery, N.Y.) combined to hit 4-for-10, including five runs scored and earning the win in game three to go to 3-12 on the season. Kyrus Whitehurst (Virginia Beach, Va.) hit safely in each contest, combining to go 5-for-10 with four RBI.

UMES took part in the very competitive Florida Relays on Friday and Saturday, with Vanessa Henry (Capital Heights, Md.) and Mustapha Habbani (Saint-Gervais-la-Forêt France) setting new schools records as the Hawks earned eight top-10 finishes in the event.

Henry easily surpassed her previous shot put record and school high by throwing for 16.15 meters, good for 3rd place in the event. Habbani ran the 3000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9:12.30, getting 6th place and setting the school record, beating the previous high by over seven seconds.

The Hawks made their mark in the women's 800-meter run and the men's 110-meter hurdles. On the former, Cynthia Anais (Martinique, France) got a 5th place finish at 2:09.24, four hundredths of a second ahead of 6th place finisher and teammate Emilie Ducados (Paris, France). In the men's event, Ackeem Smith (St. Catherine, Jamaica) ended in 8th place with a time of 14.09, and Jermol Dix (Catonsville, Md.) earned 22nd place, coming in at 14.68 seconds.

Due to inclement weather in the Maryland area, the Hawks played just one match during the week. The women's team fell to a strong Delaware State team 6-0 in Dover on Saturday, falling to 2-9 overall and 1-3 in MEAC play.

Arshell Jackson (Easton, Md.) won a game in the fourth singles position, but fell 1-6, 0-6 in the match.

The Hawks baseball team will begin the week with a road doubleheader against St. Peter's College in Jersey City on Wednesday, April 6th beginning at 1:00 p.m. Then UMES will resume conference play, hosting Norfolk State in Princess Anne on Saturday, April 9th at noon, followed by a Sunday matinee at noon. All three home games will be carried on the Hawks Radio Network with UMES broadcaster Dave Vatz.

Softball continues their homestand this week as they host in-state foe Bowie State for a doubleheader on Wednesday, April 6th at 1:00 p.m. Then this weekend, the Hawks will play their second conference series, when arch-rival Delaware State comes to Princess Anne for a Saturday doubleheader at 1:00 p.m., plus a Sunday game at noon.

The UMES outdoor track team will stay in the state of Maryland as they compete in the Coppin State Donald Webster Memorial in Baltimore on Saturday, April 9th. This will be their fourth event of the season.

After a couple of weeks of inclement weather halted numerous contests, the tennis teams will play a full slate of matches this week. The women's team will begin with a Monday, April 4th road match against Towson. Then the men's and women's squads will form up for a trio of matches the rest of the week, starting with Salisbury on Tuesday, April 5th on the road at 3:00 p.m. This Saturday, April 9th, the Hawks return home for a conference match against Hampton at 1:00 p.m., followed by a non-conference makeup match with Wesley in Dover, Delaware on Sunday, April 10th at noon.