Lenora Guion-Firmin
Lenora Guion-Firmin

May 27, 2012

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. --Lenora Guion-Firmin, Vanessa Henry, Andre Walsh and the men's 400-meter relay team will advance to the National Collegiate Athletic Association Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa (June 6-9). Guion-Firmin ran a 52.60-second second place finish in the 400-meter dash to advance. Henry advanced after day one, Walsh and the men's team advanced by day three.

Guion-Firmin will join teammates Vanessa Henry, who made the finals in the shot put after the first day of competition and Walsh who made the 400-meter hurdles finals. Both Guion-Firmin and Henry were ranked in the top 10 of the eastern region for their performances in the 400 and shot put. Walsh posted a 50.46-ssecond time in the 400IH preliminary rounds, and is ranked 14th heading into the championship round.

Guion-Firmin had the fifth best time in the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association eastern region. Guion-Firmin ran the 10th fastest time in 400-meter dash in the country with a 52.20-second finish.

Henry is ranked 16th in the country for her toss of 16.48 meters in the shot put in the Patriot Invitational, and is the UMES record holder in the event.

The men's 4x100-meter relay team set a new school record with its 39.71-second finish, while also qualifying for the NCAA Championships. The Hawks' Rico Taylor, Walsh, Ackeem Smith and Marcus Wallace finished third in its heat. UMES held the 21st fastest time in the nation before its race Saturday.

Three individuals and one team advanced to the finals after the three-day preliminary round. Walsh, Henry and Guion-Firmin will compete in the 400-meter hurdles, shot put and 400-meter dash, respectively. While the Hawks' men's 400-meter relay advances as the team competing for UMES.