HAWKS TRACK LOOK TO TAKE A BITE OUT OF BIG APPLE AT GREAT DANE CLASSIC
Jan. 16, 2014
PRINCESS ANNE, MD. — The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) indoor track prepares to compete outside the state of Maryland for the first time this season as it travels to New York City for the Great Dane Classic this Friday. The event, hosted by the University of Albany, is a one-day event that will be held at The Armory in Upper Manhattan. Beginning at 12:30pm with the 5000 meter run and the weight throw, the event will cap off with the 4x400 meter relay.
UMES brings three record setters into the meet—juniors Gayon Evans (Clarendon, Jamaica) and Dillon Simon (Pottersville, Dominica) and freshman Jared Kerr (Brampton, Ontario, Canada). Evans set the record in the women’s 60 meter dash with her time of 7.34 seconds at the Coach O Invitational last December. This topped the previous time of 7.86 seconds, set by Monique Hawkins in 2011. Kerr is the most recent record holder, setting the record in the men’s triple jump with a distance of 14.65 meters. The mark eclipsed Owen Cain’s previous record of 14.60 meters, also set in 2011. Simon has not only set the record in the men’s weight throw this season, he has beaten that mark two times over. He originally set the record at 16.71 meters at the Coach O Invitational, beating the previous mark set by Marcus Simon in 2010. Since then, he has set new marks in the weight throw, with distances of 17.28 meters at the UMES Invitational, and the current mark of 17.92 meters at the Navy Invitational last Saturday.
Overall, the team has earned 29 wins over the course of the season—16 by the men and 13 by the women. The women’s team hold eight top finishes in track and five in field events, while the men’s team have earned five track victories and eleven in the field. In addition to the record holders, other Hawks who finished first from the freshmen class include Rachel Halmon (Waldorf, Md.), Evelyn Chappell (Bowie, Md.), Shelasia Leitch (Newark, N.J.), Shauntel Lucious (Newark, N.J.), Nicarge Arnold (Castries, St. Lucia) and Khalil Rmidi (Malaga, Spain). Sophomore Shantol Hemley (St. Catherine’s, Jamiaca) took first in a 500 meter dash race earlier this year. Juniors Annis Mars (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Devin Wynn (Baltimore, Md.) and Yamousa Cisse (Lanham, Md.) also hold at least one first place finish, as does senior Aaron Chatman (Waldorf, Md.). Graduate student Geranda Williams (Waldorf, Md.) also captured a first place finish, just missing her own school record in the triple jump. Finally, the team has captured four top spots in relay races.
After the trip to New York, the teams will split for next Saturday, the 25th of January, as the men travel to Navy for one last meet in Annapolis and the women travel to Newport News for the Captains’ Invite, hosted by Christopher Newport University.