USTFCCCA RECOGNIZES LENORA FIRMIN-GUION AND ANDRE WALSH AS ALL-AMERICANS
March 12, 2012
Princess Anne, Md. -- Two University of Maryland Eastern Shore Indoor Track & Field athletes were named to the United States Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association All-America Team. Lenora Firmin-Guion and Andre Walsh were named to the first and second teams respectively.
Firmin-Guion was named to the USTFCCCA's All-America First Team, her first recognition being at UMES. Recently she finished seventh in the 400-meter dash of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Championships (NCAA) on March 9.
She placed eighth in the qualifying heat with a time of 53.30-second finish, and had a finals time of 53.42. Firmin-Guion was the only female student-athlete to represent a Historically Black College and University at the championships. Her best time in the 400m this season is a 53.19 which she ran in the IC4A/ECAC Championships (March 3).
Firmin-Guion has run best times in the 60m dash (7.61) and 200m (23.85) for UMES as well as her finish in the 400m. This season she has placed first seven times in various events including the 400.
Walsh was recognized as a USTCCCA All-America Second Team nod running an impressive 21.09-second 200m dash to qualify for the NCAA championships. Walsh recorded a season's best 20.89-second first place finish a week earlier in the IC4A/ECAC Championships.
He finished first place nine times for the Hawks in the 2012 UMES indoor season, including a 4x400-meter relay team first place finish. Walsh has performed well in four major events for the Hawks through three seasons.
He has recorded a 6.78-second 60m dash time in his freshman year, and finished with two best times in the 400m dash (48.53) and 400m hurdles (50.83). His first place 20.89-second finish this season is his best recorded time in the 200m.