UMES MEN FINISH FOURTH, WOMEN TAKE FIFTH IN IC4A/ECAC CHAMPIONSHIPS
May 14, 2012
Princess Anne, Md. --The University of Maryland Eastern Shore Outdoor Track and Field men's team finished fourth, while its women's team placed fifth in the IC4A/Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Lenora Guion-Firmin and Cynthia Anais both broke school records in their respective events. Anais set a new 800-meter run record of 2:04.26, while Guion-Firmin ran a 52.20 in the 400-meter dash to set the new UMES record in the event.
Guion-Firmin won gold in the 400-meter dash, and ranked sixth in the nation following her performance. She was also named the ECAC Most Valuable Player at the meet. Guion-Firmin also finished first place in the 200-meter dash.
Anais finished third in the 800, and ranked in the top five of the east region going into the National Collegiate Athletic Association preliminary round (May 24-26). UMES finished fifth in the championships out of 46 total teams, and was the only Historically Black College and University to finish in the top five.
Smith and Walsh each finished in the top three of their respective individual events. Smith placed second in the 110-meter hurdles with his time of 14.00 seconds. Walsh placed third in the 400-meter hurdles with his time of 51.39.
Both Walsh and Smith are ranked in the top 25 in the nation. Walsh is currently 20th in the nation in the 400-meter hurdles, while Smith is 24th in the 110-meter hurdles. Teammate Rico Taylor placed sixth in the high jump with his leap of 2.07 meters. Taylor also finished fifth in the 100-meter dash with a 10.62. Nyls Nubret took eighth in the event with his time of 10.78.
UMES will have a brief break before competing in the NCAA prelims to qualify for the championships in Des Moines, Iowa (June 6-8).