HAWK TRACK & FIELD DOMINATES AT BUCKNELL OPEN & MULTI, PICK UP TEN FIRST PLACE FINISHES
Jan. 29, 2007
LEWISBURG, PA - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) men and women's indoor track & field teams dominated at the 9th Bucknell Bison Open & Multi this past weekend, picking up 28 top five finishes including ten first place finishes, five for each team.
The `field' part of the team carried a heavy load again this weekend as the shot put duo of Kimani Kirton and Dionne Wright on the men and women's side respectively won their respective shot put events. Kirton crushed the competition, breaking the meet record, the facility record and the school record with a throw of 18.72 meters, which is 61 and one half feet. That throw also provisionally qualifies him for the NCAA National Championships while breaking the previous Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) mark.
His counterpart on the women's side may not have broken a slew of records but again dominated her event with a throw of 14.51 meters, a throw of over 47 feet. That throw again topped her own school record. In that same event Soledad Maurice took home one of the Hawk's top five finishes with a throw of 12.69 meters, which equates to 41 feet and seven and a half inches, a personal best.
On the men's side of the long jump Jason Daley, who ran at the NCAA Indoor Championships last season took home the gold with a jump of 7.05 meters (23 feet 1 inch). Jeremiah Hicks was third with an impressive jump of 22 feet five and a half inches (6.85 meters) while Charles Elmer was sixth with a jump of 6.75 meters.
In the high jump UMES grabbed second and fourth with James Moore jumping 1.96 meters and Jamahl Strachan jumping 1.91 meters.
While the Hawks dominated the field events, the track competition was fast and furious as well with UMES showing they can burn up a track as well.
In the 60 meter hurdles the Hawks took first and fifth as Ronnie Beard had the fastest time in the preliminaries and the finals, winning with a time of 8.03 while NCAA participant Dwayne Robinson was fifth with a time of 8.40.
The 60 meter dash on the women's side was maroon and and grey in the gold and silver spots as Danieth Pryce was first and Tanisha Wisdom second with times of 7.67 and 7.76 respectively. The same two young ladies reversed spots in the 200 meter dash with Wisdom crossing the line first and Pryce second with times of 24.71 and 24.94 respectively. Sherie Brown was sixth with a time of 26.49. Brown moved up three spots in the 400-meter dash with a third place time of 59.73 and teammate Candice Anderson was sixth with 1:01.31.
In the men's 200-meter dash William McCullough took fourth place with a time of 23.17 in the qualifying round and sixth overall with a time of 23.25. McCullough also was 13th in the 60-meter dash. In that same event Daley didn't finish after qualifying ninth with a time of 7.25.
McCollough was everywhere in the meet also running in the 400 meter dash and taking fifth with a time of 50.85. Kendell Quashie took 14th in that same event with a time of 52.12
Another Hawks gold medal was in the women's one mile run where Merrecia James took the tape with a time of 5:09.61.
The men's 800-meter run saw Hawks or former Hawks take one, two and three. UMES nabbed second with Clayton James running a time of 1:56/68 and Chris Havrilla running in third with a time of 1:57.26. The gold medal went to Hawk alumnus Damion Drummond who ran unattached and crossed the line with time of 1:54.19.
Gold was the medal of the day for Alfred Singoei who won the 5000 meter run in a time of 15:20.12.
The medals kept coming for the Lady Hawks was Ariana Forbes took the silver in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 8.78, her qualifying time of 8.88 was first in the field. Williams was eighth in that event with a time of 9.42
In the team events the Lady Hawks took first in the distance medley and second in the 4 x 400 meter relay while the men also won in the 4 x 400 meter relay.
The meet was a last minute reschedule as the Hawks were supposed to go to Penn State but could not due to entry problems. "It worked out great," said Head Coach Ernest Barrett. "We won ten events, had great showings in every event we were in and even set new records. Things happen for a reason and I couldn't be happier with the outcome," he added.
UMES is back at it this coming weekend running in New York at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational on February 2 and 3.