SIMON TAKES ANOTHER HONOR AS TEAM PREPS FOR ARMORY INVITATIONAL
Feb. 6, 2014
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. — Junior Dillon Simon (Pottersville, Dominica) was named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) men’s field player of the week on Thursday for the second consecutive time, adding to a list of accomplishments, awards, and records. He and the rest of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) track and field team will travel to New York City for the third and final time, for the two-day Collegiate New Balance Armory Invitational Meet.
Simon, who competes in the shot put and weight throw during the indoor season, now has three records, six various awards from the school and the conference, and seven first place finishes. Last Saturday, he beat his third record, besting Kimani Korton’s seven-year old school record in the shot put, throwing for a distance of 18.81 meters at the Columbia Meet. The mark gave him his seventh victory and the conference award. Dillon also holds the school record in the weight throw and the Navy field house record in the shot put, in addition to hitting the qualifying marks for the IC4A, which will hold championships in March.
However, Simon was not the only UMES track player to take a first place finish home from New York last Saturday. Junior Gayon Evans (Clarendon, Jamaica) finished the women’s 60 meter dash with a time of 7.52 seconds, good for first place. The top finish gave Evans her third individual victory this season, who also posted a second place finish in the 200 meter dash.
On the men’s side, the 4x400 relay team of seniors Aaron Chatman (Waldorf, Md.), Ramone Waite (Kingston, Jamaica) and Javon Spencer (Montego Bay, Jamaica), along with freshman Jared Kerr (Brampton, Ontario, Canada) took first in the race with a time of 3:15.05, earning UMES their fourth men’s relay win this year. Chatman also earned a third place finish in the 200 meter dash (21.99 seconds) and a fourth place finish in the 400 meter dash (48.12), while his teammate Spencer eclipsed him in the 200 meter with a time of 21.98 seconds for a second place in that event. Kerr also found success in an event with his performance in the long jump, winning the event while jumping for a distance of 7.18 meters. That finish was good for Kerr’s fifth top place this year, and the fourth in the long jump alone.
The two-day Collegiate New Balance Armory Invitational was selected as the National Meet of the Week by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) and will feature over 100 colleges and universities from across the country. More information about the event can be found on the venue’s website, www.armorytrack.com.