KIRTON BREAKS SCHOOL SHOT PUT RECORD AT ST. VALENTINE'S INVITE
Feb. 15, 2005
BOSTON, MA - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) track and field team showed impressive performances at the 2005 Boston University (BU) St. Valentine's Invitational on February 11 and 12. Records fell in the men's shot put and women's mile, as Kimani Kirton broke the school record in the shot put and Eva Slavikova toppled the UMES women's record in the mile run.
Kirton threw a season's best 56-06 in the shot put, placing him third in the field and second among collegiate competitors. Kirton, a provisional NCAA qualifier in his freshman year, out-threw competitors from Boston College, Connecticut, and Army. The St. Thomas, Jamaica native now owns the top three conference throws this season and is the only person in the MEAC to throw over 50 feet this year.
Slavikova eclipsed the school record in the women's mile rule, finishing the event in a season's best 4:53. Slavikova, the only woman in the conference to run a mile under 5:00 this year, shaved eight seconds off of her previous season high of 5:01 set at the Niswonger Invite in January.
The men's team saw strong performances from junior Christopher Morrison and sophomore Ronnie Beard in the triple jump. Morrison and Beard, first time competitors in the event, finished 4th (48-01) and 6th (46-09) respectively, placing above competitors from Army and UMass. Sophomore Dwayne Robinson took second in the 55m hurdles, while Markeith Eldridge-Scott took first in his heat during the men's 200m preliminaries.
On the women's side, Tanesha Davis, Tiwana Smith, Chantelle Ringgold and Nicole McKenzie all enjoyed strong efforts. Davis threw 38-04 in the women's shot put, narrowly missing her season's best of 38-48, while teammate Smith finished one spot behind her in the rankings, throwing 37-11.
Ringgold ran 7.40 in the 55m dash, her first time running the event, while McKenzie took 4th in her section of the 200m, finishing in 26.50.
The Hawks return to action on Friday, February 18 when they will travel to Landover, MD for the 2005 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Indoor Championships.