UMES QUAILIFES TWO MORE FOR NCAA INDOOR TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS DURING UMES COACH O INVIATIONAL
Jan. 7, 2006
Princess Anne, MD - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) men and women's track and field teams hosted their final home meet of the young season and came away with their second and third members of the team provisionally qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships. With the total at three now ready to compete in the NCAAs the Hawks had several other great finishes and had several more competitors near the qualifying times as well.
Dwayne Robinson, who competed in the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships last season is headed back to NCAA competition after running a blistering time of 7.83 seconds in the men's 60-meter hurdles. Provisional qualifying time for the event is 7.90 while the automatic time is 7.70. Robinson's time, almost in the middle of the two standards, can be improved upon in the reaming meets.
Not to be outdone Kimani Kirton, the reigning MEAC Champion in the shot put, threw 17.81 meters, (58.4 feet) beating the provisional distance of 17.75 meters. The distance for automatic qualifying is slightly farther at 19.30 (63.3 feet) meters.
Kirton and Robinson join Jason Daly, who qualified in early December for the long jump with a distance of 7.71 (25.3 feet) meters. In the Coach O Invitational Daly won the event with a jump of 7.62 meters, a little shorter than before but still beating the provisional time of 7.45 meters. The qualifying distance is 7.85 (25.8 feet) meters.
On the women's side Danieth Pryce ran a 7.47 in the 60 meter dash, taking second in the event to Hampton's Kellie Wells who provisionally qualified for NCAA's with a 7.40. The preliminary time is set at 7.44 while the automatic time is 7.27.
Other outstanding performances on the women's side came in the shot put where the Hawks dominated, taking three of the top four spots. Dionne Wright took first place with a 14.47 meter toss while Tiwana Smith was second with a throw of 12.37 meters. Soledad Maurice was fourth, throwing 11.82 meters.
In other field events the women continued dominance taking the long jump title with Sherita Harriott jumping 5.78 meters. UMES also took fourth place with Nicole McKenzie jumping 5.49 meters. They also grabbed a fourth place finish in the triple jump with Nykeshia Roberson jumping 10.83 meters.
On the track the Lady Hawks got a fifth place finish from Ariana Forbes in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 9.05 seconds and a fourth place finish from Tanesha Wisdom in the 60 meter dash with a 7.80 seconds.
It was the 200 meter dash that the Hawks again showed control, taking four top six finishes. Pryce took home second with a time of 24.84, Sherie Brown was third with 25.02, Wisdom took fourth with 25.19 and Cierra Layne sixth with a time of 25.75 seconds.
UMES cross-country sensation Janeth Chelangat took home a fourth place finish in the 3000 meter run with 10:53.14
The women also captured a third place finish in the 4 x 400 meter relay with the team of Brown, Layne, Harriot and Kathare Mundit. They ran it in 4:01.83
On the men's side, besides the three qualifying for NCAAs, the Hawks saw some solid performances. Not to be outdone in their 4 x 400 meter event the Fighting Hawks took second place, blistering the track with a time of 3:19.44, trailing only Hampton University. The team was made up of Ronnie Beard, Gareth Burrowes, Glenn Grainger and Clayton James.
Beard added another second place finish to his resume in the 200 meter dash, running a 22.17. He also took third in the 60 meter hurdles with an 8.05.
Singoei, who also was a star in the Hawk's cross-country season took home second in the 5000 meter run. He ran a time of 15:12.39, second only to David Kemboi of Norfolk State who was Singoei's nemesis during the cross-country season as well.
In the men's 800 meter run Rutto took home fourth place with a 2:01.59.
Thomas also grabbed a third place finish in the 60 meter dash with a 6.90.
Eaton was also sixth in the long jump with, jumping 6.94 meters.
Christopher Morrison was second in the high jump while Jahmahl Strachan took fourth.
Former Hawk, Damion Drummond, now running for New York Elite won the one mile run with a time of 4:29.80.
"We have three people qualified for NCAAs," said Head Coach Ernest Barrett. "Some schools would love to have one and we have three. I am very proud of our athletes and I know we are just getting started and those qualified can improve and so can many of our competitors. They can still get qualified with a lot of meets remaining."