Lenora Guion-Firmin
Lenora Guion-Firmin

June 6, 2012

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. --Lenora Guion-Firmin ran a 52.23-second time in the 400-meter dash Wednesday, qualifying her for the National Collegiate Athletic Association Outdoor Track and Field Finals Friday. The University of Maryland Eastern Shore had six student-athletes qualify for the national competition including Guion-Firmin.

Guion-Firmin will race from lane one Friday, and compete against student-athletes from Mississippi State, Arkansas, Kansas, Oregon, Illinois, Louisiana State University and Clemson University. She finished third in her heat, and with one of the best eight times to advance to Friday's competition.

Guion-Firmin punched her ticket to the NCAA Finals following a strong showing in the preliminary round in Jacksonville, Florida May 26-29. She will be the only runner from UMES to race in the finals. Guion-Firmin will take her mark at 7:02 PM (CST) Friday.

Teammate Vanessa Henry will compete in the shot put finals Friday at 5:00 PM (CST). Henry advanced following her finish in the preliminary rounds. Given her distance and place in the shot put qualified her for the finals round.

The Hawks' Andre Walsh finished fifth in his heat of the 400-meter hurdles. Walsh ran a time of 50.88 seconds. He also competed with Rico Taylor, Ackeem Smith and Marcus Wallace to finish with a time of 40.18 seconds in the 400-meter relay.