RECORDS BROKEN IN COACH O INVITATIONAL
Jan. 9, 2012
Princess Anne, Md.--The University of Maryland Eastern Shore got to work early showing its prowess by breaking two school records in its recent meet. Hosting the Coach O Collegiate Invitational Saturday, Vanessa Henry and Geranda Williams set new school records in the 20-pound weight throw and pentathlon, respectively.
Henry held the previous record of 17.33 meters (56'10.25") and recently tossed a distance of 17.86m (58'7.25") at the Coach O Invitational. Having thrown just under two feet further than her previous record, Henry feels she could have done better.
"It feels great to have set the new record, but now I want to break that one," says Henry. "My personal goal is to be ranked in the top three by national championships."
Geranda Williams finished with a final score of 3205 in the pentathlon, breaking a record that stood for almost five years. Sherita Harriott set the record in February 2006 with 3150 in the five events-shot put, high jump, 60-meter hurdles, long jump and 800m run.
Williams placed first in the 60 in a time of 9.11-seconds and recorded a distance of 5.44m (17'10.25") in the long jump. She finished second in the high jump (5'1.75"), and shot put (32'10.25"). Courtney Gray placed first in the shot with a distance of 11.46m (37'7.25").
Other top performers for the women were Lenora Guion-Firmin in the 200 with a first place time of 25.02, while Emilie Ducados placed first in the 800 in 2:15.83. Jazmine Holland finished third in the pole vault at 8'4.25".
Andre Walsh was one-hundredth of a second off his all-time record in the 60m. Walsh ran a 6.79 Saturday, and set a record time of 6.78 in March 2011. Walsh is currently ranked first in the country in the 200 with a time of 20.95. He is the all-time leader in both races, holding the 200m record of 21.06 which he ran in February 2011.
Other top performers for the men were Owen Cain placing first in the triple jump with a distance of 14.77m (48'5.50"), while Marcus Wallace and Zavior Brown finished first in the 400 and 800m races, respectively. The 4x400m relay team of Hakeem Harris, Wallace, Andre Walsh and Kraig Webb finished first in a time of 3:19.02.
The Hawks will race January 14 in the Navy Invitational, a meet which it participated in earlier this season.