EVANS WINS 60 METER DASH AT FIRST DAY OF MEAC CHAMPIONSHIPS
Feb. 15, 2014
LANDOVER, Md. — Junior Gayon Evans (Clarendon, Jamaica) took first place in the 60 meter dash yesterday at the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Indoor Track Championships, the lone win for the Hawks during the first day of the meet. Despite the lone win, there were several other top times and high marks for the team.
Evans won the 60 meter dash with a time of 7.44 seconds, beating out 19 other track athletes to win the event. This is the third win in the 60 meter dash and the fourth event overall during the indoor season. Furthermore, Evans also finished fourth in the 200 meter dash with her time of 24.69 seconds.
Other top performers from day one include junior Dillon Simon (Pottersville, Dominica) finished second in the weight throw with a mark of 19.30 meters, the second best mark for Simon this year. Senior George Chandler (Birdsnest, Va.) also posted a top five finish in the weight throw with his distance of 16.23 meters, earning him fifth place. Freshman Jared Kerr (Brampton, Ontario, Canada) continued his success in the long jump this season with his second place finish at 7.14 meter jump, and another freshman Khalil Rmidi Kinnini (Malaga, Spain) finished fourth in the 5000 meter run with his time of 15:30.96. Khalil just recently set the school record in the 3000 meter run at the Armory Invitational last week in New York. Senior Aaron Chatman (Waldorf, Md.) managed another fourth place finish with a time of 49.70 seconds, one of many top five finishes for him this year. Finally, the women’s distance medley team of sophomores Jheniel Kelly (Edgewood, Md.) and Shantol Hemley (St. Catherines, Jamaica), junior Annis Mars (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and freshman Rachel Halmon (Waldorf, Md.) earned a fourth place finish with a time of 12:36.56.
In team points, the men’s team earned 27 points, good for fourth place after the first day. The women ended up with nine, placing them seventh. North Carolina A&T ranks first in men’s team points with 36, while the Hampton women have opened a 13 point lead on the competition with 56 points. The meet concludes today in Landover.