HAWK TALK: A WEEKLY RECAP OF UMES ATHLETICS
The women's basketball team narrowly missed out on a victory against Florida A&M
The women's basketball team narrowly missed out on a victory against Florida A&M

Jan. 22, 2012

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore saw all five of its winter sports teams in action this past week. The men's and women's indoor track teams each picked up second-place finishes at the Great Dane Classic in New York, N.Y., while the basketball teams each dropped decisions to Florida A&M University. The bowling team saw action in the SFU New Year's Knockdown as well.

Let's take a look at the action from this past week:

MEN'S INDOOR TRACK

The men's indoor track team posted a second-place finish at this weekend's Great Dane Classic in New York, N.Y.

The men collected 76 points in the event. Junior Andre Walsh was the top performer for the team as he posted four first-place finishes. Walsh won the 60m preliminary (6.90), 60m finals (6.82), 200m finals (21.17) and 4 x 400m relay (3:13.90). He collected almost half of the points for the squad as he contributed 30 points total. 

UMES also saw the highest-point finishes from sophomore Ackeem Smith in the 60m hurdles (7.95), junior Zavior Brown in the 800m finals (1:50.63) and sophomore Owen Cain in the men's triple jump (15.03m). 

The squad featured standout performances from several others as well in sophomore Kraig Webb (400m, 49.14), sophomore Marcus Wallace (400m, 50.22) and sophomore Denvil Ruan (men's triple jump, 14.51m). 

Walsh's efforts allowed him to being distinguished as the men's recipient of the PRMC UMES Athlete of the Week for the second consecutive week on Jan. 23.

WOMEN'S INDOOR TRACK

The women's indoor track team placed second at this past weekend's Great Dane Classic in New York, N.Y. The squad collected 95 points altogether.

Junior Lenora Guion-Firmin was the top performer for the women as she won two races and placed second in two others. She finished second in the 60m preliminary (7.82), before winning the 60m finals (7.61) and the 4 x 400m relay (3:45.67). She finished second in the 200m finals (24.30). Guion-Firmin collected almost one-third of the women's points, as she had 27 altogether.

Junior Vanessa Henry put together another fine meet of her own, as she won the shotput (16.50m) and the weight-throw (19.73m). Her shot put throw was nearly three meters farther than the second-place finisher, who turned out to be sophomore Lexia Robinson (13.78). 

The women's finish was paced by the effort of senior Cynthia Anais, who won the 800m with a time of 2:08.62. The Hawks were also benefitted by the solid performances of juniors Jasmine Benbow (200m, 25.93), Jennell Wade (200m, 25.48) and freshman Annis Mars (500m, 1:15.99).

Henry was named the MEAC Track and Field Athlete of the Week on Sunday, Jan. 22. The junior recently set three UMES Indoor Track and Field records over the past three meets.

Guion-Firmin's efforts allowed her to being distinguished as the women's recipient of the PRMC UMES Athlete of the Week for the week of Jan. 23. 

MEN'S BASKETBALL

UMES dropped a 68-63 decision to Florida A&M University on Saturday night. Although outrebounding its opponent, 50-33, the squad fell victim to a Rattler offensive unit that shot 54 percent from the floor.

UMES had three Hawks score double-digit points in the game, with senior Tyler Hines notching a game-high 17 points. He also brought down 17 rebounds to pick up the double-double. 

Junior Percy Woods had the team's second best scoring night, as he notched 12 points in 35 minutes. Woods was 5-of-6 (.833) from the free-throw line, and defensively had a game-high four steals. The game proved to be his fourth straight double-digit scoring night, as he has notched atleast 10 points in 12 games this season.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

The women's basketball team narrowed a 13-point deficit to one possession with less than a minute remaining, but could not get over the hump as the Hawks dropped a 54-49 decision to Florida A&M University on Saturday afternoon.

Following a timeout and a Rattler turnover, the Hawks had a chance to even the contest with less than a minute remaining, but the ensuing shot fell just off its mark as FAMU would hold onto its lead and send the Hawks to the loss in their first home game in seven weeks.

The Hawks were led by junior forward Chelsea Sanders, who had team-highs in points (10) and rebounds (eight). Senior forward Adobi Agbasi had a game-high four blocks to move her season total to 39, while freshman guard Jessica Long had a season-high five steals. Senior guard Amber Cook (nine points, seven rebounds) finished the day 7-for-8 from the free-throw line, as she has now missed just twice in her past 31 attempts from the line.

BOWLING

Freshman left-hander Victoria Jones was named the MEAC's Bowling Athlete of the Week on Friday, Jan. 20. 

Aside from this information, no other news had become available at press time.

UPCOMING WEEK (Jan. 23 - Jan. 29)

The bowling team will stay on the road for their next contest, when the Hawks travel to Reading, Pa., to compete in the Kutztown Invitational on Friday, Jan. 27. The event is scheduled to last three days, until Sunday, Jan. 29.

The indoor track teams will stay in New York, N.Y., for their next meet as they compete in the Collegiate Series/Millrose Games beginning on Saturday, Jan. 28. 

The women's basketball team will face Bethune-Cookman University at home on Monday, Jan. 23 at 5:30 p.m., before hosting Lincoln Unversity on Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 6 p.m. The squad will conclude the week by traveling to North Carolina A&T University on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 2 p.m.

The men's basketball team meets Bethune-Cookman on Monday, Jan. 23 at 7:30 p.m. They will finish a MEAC doubleheader at North Carolina A&T on Saturday, Jan 28 at 5 p.m.

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