LADY HAWKS PERCHED IN FIRST PLACE AFTER DAY ONE OF MEAC OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
May 3, 2013
GREENSBORO, N.C. - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) Lady Hawks are perched in first place after day one of the 2013 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The event, held at Irwin Belk Track on the campus of North Carolina A&T State University features all 13 of the league's programs.
The Lady Hawks (21 points) lead Hampton by one point (20) while the Fighting Hawks are tied for fifth with eight points with Bethune-Cookman. Norfolk State leads the men's side with 28.5 points.
Freshman sensation Petra Kubesova (Prague, Czech Republic) set a new MEAC record in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 17:05.04. She broke a record set in 2007 by Hawk Merrecia James who ran 17:41.41 at the time. Kubesova, the 2013 MEAC Indoor Most Outstanding Runner, earned a crucial 10 points for her Hawks in the event.
Also earning points for the women were three field athletes as Imani Cox (Plainfield, N.J.), the 2013 Indoor Most Outstanding Field Performer, took fourth place in the discus with a toss of 42.09 meters to earn five points. Lexia Robinson (White Plains, N.Y.) took fifth and earned four points with a throw of 39.79 meters and Shawnata Young (Temple Hills, Md.) took seventh with a 38.55 meter throw to earn two points.
The men earned all of their points in the discus as well with Dillon Simon (Pottersville, Roseau, Dominica), the 2013 Most Outstanding Field Performer in Indoor, garnering all eight points with a second place finish with a throw of 49.63 meters.
Lenora Guion-Firmin (La Trinite, Martinique) qualified for the finals of the 200-meter dash with a third place preliminary finish of 23.91 while teammate Gayon Evans (Claredon, Jamaica) qualified sixth to also earn a spot. On the men's side of the 200-meter dash Javon Spencer (Montego Bay, Jamaica) and Marcus Wallace (Winter Garden, Fla.) both qualified for the finals with a sixth and seventh place finish respectively.
The Men's and Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championships continue tomorrow with the women's heptathlon and men's decathlon at 9 a.m. Other field events on Friday's slate include the men's and women's long jump, high jump and shot put. The afternoon continues with semifinals in the women's 100m hurdles and men's 110m hurdles, 400m dash, 100m dash and 800m run. The women's and men's 5000m will close out the day beginning at 5:30 p.m.
The competition concludes Saturday at 9 a.m. with field events including: men's and women's pole vault, javelin, and triple jump. The women's and men's 4x100m relays will begin the running finals at 1 p.m. Rounding out the evening's events will be the men's and women's 4x400m relay race at 4:20 p.m.