UMES STUDENT-ATHLETES STAYING ACTIVE THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER
July 31, 2014
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – As the scorching summer season has arrived in Princess Anne, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) campus has been quiet for the most part; however, several UMES student-athletes are busy with various events.
This summer, 11 UMES baseball players committed to play summer league across seven different leagues and six states: Troy Anderson (Bridgeport, W.V.); Philip Berry (Milford, Del.); Justin Dattilo (Pittsburgh, Pa.); Mike Escanilla (Waldorf, Md.); Joshua James (Milford, Del.); Brock Long (Bear, Del.); Skylar Murray (Georgetown, Del.); Devin Repine (Salisbury, Md.); Chipper Smith (Florence, S.C.); Jesse Stinnett (Madison Heights, Va.); and Greg Turlik (Gaithersburg, Md.).
Currently, Repine leads his team, the Petersburg Generals in the Coastal Plains League (CPL), in multiple categories, including ERA (2.21), appearances (18), and saves (3).
In the Carolina-Virginia Collegiate League (CVCL), Berry has shown several solid outings for the Charlotte Crushers, including an eight-inning performance in the victory over Mooresville Spinners, 9-4, back in June.
Dattilo, a member of the Sherrill Silversmiths in the New York Collegiate Baseball League (NYCBL), went 3-of-4, including two doubles, in a losing effort against Genesee Rapids (06/22), 2-0.
Tatiana Munoz (Ibague Tolima, Colombia) participated in numerous international bowling tournaments. First, she bowled in the U-21 Youth National Championships in Bogota, Colombia where she won gold in singles and doubles and earned a bronze during the Masters.
Next, Munoz competed in the Youth Central American & Caribbean Tournament (CONCECABOL) in Panama City and finished with silver medals in singles and team competition.
In August, Munoz and fellow Colombia-native Juliana Franco (Pereira) are competing in the World Youth Championships in Hong Kong. UMES teammate Sara Pelayo (Distrito Federal, Mexico) is also participating, representing her home country in the event.
In May, Mariana Alvarado (Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico) visited one of the leading brands in the sport, Ebonite International Development & Research Center in Hopkinsville, Ken.
“I want to combine engineering and bowling,” said Alvarado, who is an Aerospace Engineering major. “That’s my career goal! I went to Ebonite and learned how they chose the color, texture, and designs. It was a great experience.”
Currently, Mariana is doing an internship as a research assistant in mechanical engineering. In addition to her internship, she went to the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Open in Reno, Nev. Alvarado participated in team competition with her sister, Daniela, and teammate Megan Buja (Rockford, Ill.).
To kick-off the summer, the athletics department hosted the inaugural WeeHawks Youth Camp on campus. The two-day camp featured over 300 Carter G. Woodson Elementary School students, ranging from kindergarten through fifth grade and was organized by UMES coaches, student-athletes and staff.
Notable student-athletes included baseball Chris Adams (Brentwood, Md.) and Stephen Bull (Millsboro, Del.) and softball Kelly Cullen (Fruitland, Md.) and Alexis Hudson (Laurel, Del.) taking part in organized kickball at Hawk Stadium.
Track & Cross-Country Aaron Chatman (Waldorf, Md.), Jared Kerr (Brampton, Ontario), and Khalil Rmidi Kinini (Malaga, Spain) were outside completing relays with the students while men’s & women’s basketball Dominique Elliot (Athens, Texas) and Moengaroa Subritzky (Auckland, New Zealand) were teaching the different ways to improve their dribbling skills.
“The kids had a lot of fun,” Bull added. “The camp went well and I hope they got something out of the experience. We saw a lot of potential and some future Hawk student-athletes.”
A couple weeks later, the bowling program hosted the inaugural WeeHawks Bowling Camp. More than a dozen students participated, led by UMES Women’s Bowling head coach Kayla Bandy and student-athletes Alvarado and Valerie Riggin (Vista, Calif.).
Men’s Tennis and golf Kijontray McClay (San Diego, Calif.) accepted a position as Professional Golf Association (PGA) Intern and Assistant Golf Professional at the Broadmoor, an AAA five-diamond resort in Colorado Springs, Colo. This resort was voted as the top resort in the United States by Golf Magazine.
TRACK & FIELD
UMES standouts competed internationally for their respective countries. Dillon Simon (Pottersville, Roseau, Dominica) took part in the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), located in Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis. Dillon finished first in the shot-put with his distance of 18.18 meters, defeating his nearest competitor by over two meters.
This past Sunday (07/27), Simon finished sixth-out-of-ten hurlers with a shot put toss of 18.40 meters. That throw was good enough for an 11th place finish overall out of twenty competitors, receiving eligibility to advance to the finals. There, Dillon finished seventh among the twelve finalists with an even stronger toss of 18.66 meters.
Kerr, a Canadian-native, qualified for his chance to compete at the International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF) World Junior Championships based upon his times while racing with the Hawks. On July 23rd, Kerr ran in Heat #1 and earned a third place finish with a time of 52.46 seconds. In Semifinal #3, Kerr finished seventh with a time of 52.91 seconds. His heat time would have ranked first among his UMES times while his semifinal time would have ranked fourth.
"I just wanted to run a good race, not far off my personal best.” Kerr remarked to Athletics Canada, the nation’s track & field governing body on Twitter.
Gayon Evans (Clarendon, Jamaica) ran two races, the 100 and 200 meter dashes, at the Jamaica Athletics Administration Association (JAAA) National Senior Trails. In the 100 meter dash, she placed fifth in the first heat while earning a time of 11.50 seconds. In the 200 meter dash, Evans finished sixth in the final race with a time of 23.68 seconds.
In August, Dillon and Evans will take part in the Pan American Festival in Mexico.
Alesandra Manolova (Sofia, Bulgaria) is staying with her teammate, Ashley Smith (Huntley, Ill.), for the summer. Both ladies are volunteering at the Huntley Park District and Player’s Choice Academy gym as volleyball camp coaches.
“The camps are an absolute joy,” said Manolova. “I love spending every second with the girls. They’re improving every week and it makes me very proud.”
Alex and Ashley have spent a lot of time together, particularly in the Windy City, Chicago. During their bonding time, they saw a Men’s National Volleyball match between the USA and Bulgaria, which the U.S. defeated Bulgaria, 3-1. Manolova, a Bulgaria-native, and Smith represented their home country by face painting their country’s flag.
In addition to working and training, Sonia Rosales (Victorville, Calif.) ran a mud run in late June.
UMES will provide additional updates on student-athletes throughout the summer.
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