INDOOR TRACK RINGS IN 2014 WITH UMES INVITATIONAL
Jan. 2, 2014
PRINCESS ANNE, MD. — The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) Indoor Track teams will host their final home meet of the season this Saturday as the William P. Hytche Athletic Center will showcase several colleges and high schools at the UMES Invitational. The all-day event begins with a college track meet that will feature seven schools—Hampton, Howard, Norfolk State, Delaware State, Coppin State, Essex Community College and host UMES. This will be followed by a high school meet featuring different schools from the region.
Several Hawk runners and field stars will represent UMES in this event. Juniors Gayon Evans (Clarendon, Jamaica) and Dillon Simon (Pottersville, Dominica) both set school records in their events at the UMES Coach O Invitational last December. Evans won the 60 meter dash with her record time of 7.34 seconds, while Simon set a record of 16.71 meters in the weight throw.
Plenty of other Hawks finished first in their Coach O events as well. Sophomore Shantol Hemley (St. Catherine’s, Jamaica) finished less than one second behind the school record in the 500 meter dash with a time of 1:15.10. Freshman Rachel Halmon (Waldorf, Md.) won the 800 meter run with a time of 2:23.19, while the female 4x400 meter relay team of Wilmot-Francis, Kelly, Moore and Sampson took first, finishing with a time of 3:58.04. In the field events, redshirt freshman Evelyn Chappell (Bowie, Md.) tied for first in the high jump with a height of 1.65 meters.
For the men’s team, senior Aaron Chatman beat out nine other runners to win the 500 meter dash at the Coach O with a time of 1.06:35, and the 4x400 meter relay team of Webb, Kerr, Spencer and Chatman took that event with a time of 3:23.31. Furthermore, a UMES athlete took first in the all men’s field events, including Jared Kerr (Brampton, Ont.) in the long jump at 7.44 meters and Devin Wynn (Baltimore, Md.) in the triple jump with a distance of 14.05 meters. Dillon Simon also won the shot put with a distance of 17.72 meters.
The track meet is set to begin at 9:00am with the college meet, followed by the high school meet. Admission to the Hytche Center is open and free to the public.