INDOOR TRACK STRIDES TO SEVERAL TOP TEN FINISHES AT GREAT DANE CLASSIC
Jared Kerr posted his third long jump win last Friday
Jared Kerr posted his third long jump win last Friday

Jan. 21, 2014

MANHATTAN, N.Y. — For the indoor track team at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES), the competition at the Great Dane Classic was the largest field they have had to compete against all season long, and quite possibly the toughest. That did not deter the Hawks, however, as several athletes gutted out top ten performances last Friday at The Armory.

On the men’s side, freshman Jared Kerr (Brampton, Ontario, Canada) picked up his fourth win this season, finishing first in the long jump with a distance of 7.38 meters. Another impressive finish was made by an athlete who is no stranger to strong performances, junior Dillon Simon (Pottersville, Dominica), with his second place finish in the shot put at a distance of 18.01 meters. So far, Dillon has four wins and two second place finishes this year. Two more top ten finishes on the field end of the men’s meet include a sixth place finish in the weight throw from senior George Chandler (Birdsnest, Va.) with a distance of 16 meters even, and a ninth place finish in the triple jump by junior Devin Wynn (Baltimore, Md.), with a distance of 13.95 meters.

The men’s team also took home a few top ten finishes on the track side of the competition. Freshman Khalil Rmidi Kinini (Malaga, Spain) finished fourth in the 5000 meter run with a time of 15:30.70, adding that performance to wins in the mile run and an outstanding cross country season. Senior Aaron Chatman (Waldorf, Md.) did not disappoint either with a fourth place finish in the 400 meter dash, earning a time of 48.41. Chatman has earned two wins this year, one in the 200 meter dash and one in the 500 meter dash.


 

 

Top ten finishes were also plentiful for the Lady Hawks, beginning with junior Gayon Evans (Clarendon, Jamaica), who ran to a sixth place finish in the 400 meter dash with her time of 56.72. Evans has two wins on the year, including a school record in the 60 meter dash at 7.34 seconds. Two Lady Hawks, sophomore Shantol Hemley (St. Catherine’s, Jamaica) and freshman Rachel Halmon (Waldorf, Md.) registered top ten places in the 800 meter run, with Hemley finishing 8th (2:16.41) and Halmon finishing 10th (2:19.42). On the field side, graduate student Geranda Williams (Waldorf, Md.) placed ninth in the triple jump with her distance of 11.70 meters, just shy of the school record she holds.

Finally, the Lady Hawks earned two top ten finishes in the relay and medley portions of the meet. The UMES relay team of Evans, Hemley, Halmon and sophomore Taylor Folk (Baltimore, Md.) finished 7th in the 4x400 relay with a time of 3:53.40. The UMES distance medley team of Folk, sophomores Jheniel Kelly (Edgewood, Md.) and Jasmine Sampson (Coatesville, Pa.), and junior Margaret Wilmot-Francis (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) finished sixth with their time of 12:55.53.

In terms of team scoring, the women’s team managed a 16th place finish with 13 points accumulated, while the men finished 5th with 41 team points. The University of Connecticut earned the most team points in the men’s and women’s meet. 

The men’s team will travel to Annapolis, Md. this Saturday for one final meet at the Naval Academy this indoor season. The women will travel to Newport News, Va. to participate in the Captain’s Invite, hosted by Christopher Newport University.