LENORA GUION-FIRMIN QUALIFIES IN CHAMPIONSHIPS; FIRST WOMAN IN RECENT UMES HISTORY TO PLACE
March 10, 2012
Princess Anne, Md. --Lenora Guion-Firmin is the only woman in recent history to make a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Track & Field Final for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Guion-Firmin recently ran and finished seventh in the NCAA Championships in the 400-meter dash finals.
Guion-Firmin is the first female NCAA All-American for UMES since the institution became NCAA Division I status. Guion-Firmin ran a 53.30 second 400m dash to place eighth overall in her prelims, and a 53.42 in the finals. She is the only female student-athlete from a Historically Black College or University to place and qualify for the championships held in Nampa, Idaho.
"This is a major achievement when we get such an athlete to do well on the national stage," said head coach Ernest Barrett.
She ran slightly faster in the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships (March 3-4). Guion-Firmin sprint a 53.19 second 400m dash in the finals to finish first in the event. This is Firmin-Guion's first season with the Hawks, and has been one of the most productive student-athletes for Barrett and UMES.
"She (Guion-Firmin) is coachable," said Barrett. "And she will do everything required to be successful at this level," Barrett continued.
Guion-Firmin has also recorded best times in the 60m dash (7.61s), 200m dash (23.85s) and 500m (1:12.11).