Vanessa Henry
Vanessa Henry

March 8, 2012

Princess Anne, Md. --Lenora Firmin-Guion and Andre Walsh each earned spots in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Championships in Boise, Idaho March 9-10. The two University of Maryland Eastern Shore student-athletes punched their tickets to the championships after successfully competing and winning events in the IC4A/Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship meet March 3-4 in Boston, Massachusetts. Vanessa Henry was recognized by the ECAC as the Field Athlete of the Year for the Mid-Atlantic Region.

In the ECAC Championships, Walsh won the 200-meter dash with a time of 20.89 seconds, marking one of his personal best times. The time also qualified him for the NCAA Championships, while also ranking him number one in the event and two others. He placed third in the 60m dash preliminary with a time of 6.83 seconds. His career best time is 6.78 seconds set as a freshman.

Firmin-Guion qualified for NCAA competition in the 400m dash with a time of 53.19 seconds. Firmin-Guion finished first in both the 400m and 200m in the ECAC Championships. She sprinted a time of 23.85 in the 200 to take first in the event.

Henry has been a solid fixture for the Hawks as the top finisher in the shot put and weight throw. Henry threw a career-best 16.50-meter shot put this season in the 2012 Great Dane Classic. On several occasions this season Henry has set UMES records in both the shot put and weight throw. Her best weight throw was a 19.73-meter toss which she also set in the Great Dane Classic.

UMES will conclude its indoor season following the NCAA Championships, and continue preparation for its outdoor season upon the Hawks return from championships.