WELL RESTED INDOOR TRACK TEAM HEADS TO BOSTON
Feb. 28, 2014
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. — It’s been two weeks since the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) indoor track team competed at the MEAC Championships in Landover, Md., so the group will be well rested as they head to Massachusetts this weekend for the Boston University Last Chance Meet.
The men’s team earned a fifth place finish at the MEAC Championships with 64 points scored, and the women finished seventh with 29 points. Top finishers for the Hawks included junior Gayon Evans (Clarendon, Jamaica), who qualified and then won the 60 meter dash finals with a time of 7.41 seconds, and fellow junior Dillon Simon (Pottersville, Dominica) who not only won the shot put competition, but set a new MEAC record in the event with his toss of 18.35 meters. Furthermore, Simon topped the previous MEAC record in the weight throw, but finished second in that event, so the new record will go to the winner, earning him Top Field Performer honors for the meet.
Several other Hawks earned top five finishes during the MEAC Championships, including Evans, who finished fourth in the 200 meter dash. The women’s 4x400 relay team finished fifth with a time of 3:50.23, and the women’s distance team finished fourth with a time of 12:36.56. Junior Shawnata Young (Temple Hills, Md.) also earned fifth in the women’s weight throw with a distance of 15.25 meters. On the men’s side, senior Aaron Chatman (Waldorf, Md.) placed fourth in the 400 meter dash qualifiers, and then finished fifth in the finals with a time of 49.06 seconds. Freshman Khalil Rmidi Kinnini (Malaga, Spain) earned three top five finishes in three separate events—a fourth place time in the mile run at 4:24.36 and in the 5000 meter run at 15:30.96, along with a second place finish in the 3000 meter run with a time of 8:45.37. On the field side, freshman Jared Kerr (Brampton, Ontario, Canada) finished second in the long jump with a distance of 7.14 meters. Finally, the men’s 4x400 relay team finished fourth with a time of 3:19.51.
Over the course of the season, twenty-five Hawks have earned 49 separate first place finishes, including relays and medleys. Simon leads the team with eight victories, followed by Kerr with six, Evans and Chatman with five, and senior Javon Spencer (Montego Bay, Jamaica) who has four. Five Hawks have earned three wins, four have two, while ten athletes have earned one. There have also been five new school records set—Evans in the 60 meter dash (7.34 seconds), Simon in the shot put (18.81 meters) and weight throw (19.61 meters), Rmidi in the 3000 meter run (8:31.25) and graduate student Geranda Williams (Waldorf, Md.) who surpassed her own record in the triple jump with a distance of 11.94 meters.
The Boston University Last Chance Meet will take place on their campus at the Track & Tennis Center, beginning at 11am with field events, and track events slated to start at 12:30pm. The event will be broadcast on www.flotrack.org, and a subscription fee is required. This will be the final regular season event for the indoor season, and the athletes who qualify for the IC4A/ECAC Championships will return to Boston the following weekend.