HAWKS WIN, PLACE & SHOW AT LAFAYETTE RIDER WINTER GAMES
February 9, 2013
NEW YORK, N.Y. - It was another solid outing for the men's and women's indoor track and field teams this past Friday as they compete in the Lafayette Rider Winter Games at the Armory New Balance Center in New York.
Gayon Evans took gold in the 60-meter dash, blistering the field with a time of 7.37, topping 35 other runners and the second place finisher by over three tenths of a second. But Evans didn't stop there. She took gold in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.33. Jennell Wade also was solid in the 200, taking fifth with a time of 25.48.
The women continued their dominance in the 400-meter dash. Lenora Guion-Firmin took gold with a time of 53.53 and was followed closely in third and fourth by Annis Mars and Wade who posted times of 56.84 and 57.70 respectively. Jheniel Kelly was 17th and Latasha Moore was 23rd in the same event.
Gold continued in the 500-meter run with Emilie Ducados won with a time of 1:14.55. It didn't stop there as Shantol Hemley won the 800-meters with a time of 2:16.88. Latitia Salley was 19th, also in the 800.
Petra Kubesova kept the gold rush going with a first-place finish in the 3000-meter run, posting a time of 9:43.90.
The 4 x 400-meter relay teams also medaled with the Hawks `B' team taking gold with a time of 3:48.88. The squad, consisting of Wade, Mars, Kelly and Guion-Firmin earned bragging rights while the `A' team of Ducados, Melina Gallas, Evans and Moore took the bronze with a time of 3:53.38.
In the field events Romeika Jackson took 10th in the long jump, Nancy Yao grabbed a bronze in the triple jump with a hop skip and a jump of 11.05 meters, which tied for second but was given to Temple by the judge.
UMES wasn't out of gold long, taking first in the weight throw with Shawnata Young tossing a 15.77 meter distance.
All in all the women medaled in nine of the 19 events offered and took gold in eight.
On the men's side the Fighting Hawks were equally impressive. Javon Spencer grabbed the bronze in the 60-meter dash with a 7.09 while teammates Nyls Nubret, Hackeem Harris, Marcus Wallace and Brandon Chatman were 11th 14th, 19th and 25th respectively.
Spencer picked up a silver medal in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.17 while fellow Hawks Nubret and Harris were fifth and sixth with times of 22.37 and 22.44 respectively. Alonzo Jarmon and Chatman were 24th and 25th.
Aaron Chatman took gold in the 500-meter run with a 1:05.80 time while Hawk Shaquille Turner took bronze with a 1:08.49. Not to be outdone Zavior Brown snatched gold in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:52.56.
Also in the relays the men, like the women, took gold and bronze. This time however the "a" team grabbed gold with a 3:18.51 in the 4 x 400-meter relay. The squad consisted of Kriag Webb, Aaron Chatman, Wallace and Brown. The "b" team of Codjo Gbedo, Brandon Chatman, Jarmon and Turner took third with a 3:28.21, a whole ten seconds slower.
On the field side of the men's event Tavian Ruffin was fourth in the high jump with a leap of 1.95 meters while he took seventh in the long jump with a stretch of 6.26 meters. Devin Wynn took bronze in the triple jump with a 13.71 meters leap and Rico Duncan took fourth with a toss of 13.76 meters in the shot put. Duncan would take eighth in the weight throw.
"This was a good meet for us," said head coach Ernest Barrett. "We got in a competition, at a great location and many of our athletes got to compete. And they competed really well."
UMES is off until the MEAC Championships, February 14-16 in Landover, Md.