HAWKS FINISH SECOND IN NAVY INVITATIONAL
Jan. 16, 2012
Princess Anne, Md.--The University of Maryland Eastern Shore Indoor Track and Field teams finished second at the Navy Invitational Saturday. Vanessa Henry tossed 15.95-meters in the shot put to finish first, and set the new Wesley Brown Field House record.
Henry broke the former record held by Ranita Mealer of Morgan State. Later in the invitational Henry would also set a new field house and UMES record in the weight throw with a distance of 18.25m. She finished first place in that event as well.
"The Hawks had some outstanding performances," said head coach Ernest Barrett excitedly. In total, seven Hawks broke school or personal best records at Navy.
Henry set records in the shot put and weight throw, while Imani Cox finished second and set a new personal best of 15.12m in the throw. Chelsea Lowe set a new UMES record in the pole vault with her vault of 3.30m.
In the sprints, Lenora Firmin-Guion ran a UMES record breaking time of 1:12.11 in the 500m, and finish first in the event. Teammate Kenesha Abrams finished second, and would run a personal best time of 1:15.16.
Annis Mars posted a 3:04.77 in the 1,000m run setting a personal best time in the event. With an Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference qualifying time of 4:58.21, Cynthia Anais finished second in the one-mile run.
On the men's side, Jermol Dix finished first in two heptathlon events. Dix threw a 12.68m in the men's shot put and ran 8.47-seconds in the 60m hurdles. Owen Cain jumped a top five finish distance of 6.49m in the long jump. Cain placed first in the triple jump with a 14.82m, which also qualified as an IC4A distance.
Devin Wynn and Denvil Ruan had top 10 distances of 6.32 and 6.27m, respectively.
Ackeem Smith sprinted to a 8.12s qualifying time in the 60m hurdle preliminaries, while running a 8.01s IC4A qualifying time in the finals. Four UMES runners finished in the top five in the 60m dash.
Smith and Andre Walsh took first and second with times of 6.88 and 6.96, respectively. Both times were IC4A qualifying times. Nyles Nubret and Damian Miles finished in times of 7.07 and 7.08, respectively.
Walsh and Miles would set IC4A times in the 200m dash. Walsh finished first in 21.42s, while Miles took second in 21.69s. Marcus Wallace finished in the top five with his time of 22.65s.
The Hawks are running strong and will compete in the Great Dane Classic (Jan. 20). UMES was scheduled to host a meet February 11, but that meet has since been canceled and the Hawks will compete in the Millrose Invitational.