LADY HAWKS LEAD AFTER DAY ONE OF MEAC INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Feb. 12, 2010
LANDOVER, Md. - Sophomore Cynthia Anais (Paris, France) led the way as she took the gold in the women's 800-meter dash for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore on Day One of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships, held at the Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex.
Anais, also a member of the first-place Distance Medley Relay team, ran a time of 2:13.61 in the 800. Fellow sophomore and DMR member, Eunice Jones (Lanham, Md.), finished third in the 800 with a 2:14.10. The DMR team took their event by over two seconds to second place finisher and the 2009 MEAC Indoor Champion, Hampton University, with a time of 12:04.04. Other members of the squad include freshmen Melina Gallas (Paris, France) and Emilie Ducados (Paris, France).
Sophomore Vanessa Henry (Capital Heights, Md.) continues her terrific season as she broke the school record in both the weight throw and shot put on Friday.
In the weight throw, Henry threw a distance of 17.11 meters, which was good for second overall. This throw topped senior Saisha Woodward's (Atlanta, Ga.) record distance of 16.29 meters, which was set on January 9, 2010 at the Metropolitan Coaches Invitational. Woodward placed third in Friday's weight throw with a top distance of 15.45 meters. Freshman Imani Cox (Plainfield, N.J.) also earned points for UMES with her eighth place finish of 13.46 meters.
Henry threw a distance of 15.02 meters in the shot put, which topped the previous school record set by Woodward in 2007 of 14.79 meters. Friday's distance was good for second place overall. Woodward followed, earning points in fifth place, with a distance of 13.74 meters.
In the women's 400-meter dash, sophomore Monique Hawkins (Randallstown, Md.) and Gallas qualified for Day Two competition with respective times of 57.66 and 58.83. Senior Ariana Forbes (Baltimore, Md.) also qualified for Saturday in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.83.
"The women did an outstanding job today," said head coach Ernest Barrett. "We maximized points in the events that we are strong in and tomorrow it'll take the total team effort to pull of these championships."
The men's team scored a total of seven points, which was good for eighth place, on Day One and had three athletes qualify for competition on Saturday.
The DMR team, consisting of sophomore Shadrack Maritim (Kericho, Kenya), freshman Marquis Barnes, junior Paul Jones-Burden (Rahway, N.J.) and sophomore Basil Melek, placed eighth with a time of 10:58.78.
Junior Amon Kiprotich (Kapsabet, Kenya) also earned points for the Hawks in the 5000-meter run with his sixth place finish of 15:35.76. With an eighth place finish, Melek also earned points for UMES with his time of 15:42.00.
Sophomore Jermol Dix (Catonsville, Md.) qualified for action tomorrow with his time of 8.37 in the 60-meter hurdles. In the 400-meter dash, senior Allodin Fothergill (New Hempstead, N.Y.) will also compete tomorrow with a qualifying time of 50.03. Meanwhile, sophomore Akheem Gauntlett (Roselle, N.J.) ran a qualifying time of 22.01 in the 200-meter dash.
Additional events that take place on Saturday include the women's Pentathlon, men's Pentathlon (60-meter hurdles, pole vault, 1000 meter run), women's and men's 3000-meter and women's and men's 1600-meter relay.
The awards ceremony will be held immediately following the last event of the day.