LENORA GUION-FIRMIN FINISHES IN TOP EIGHT OF NCAA FINALS
June 8, 2013
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. --The University of Maryland of Eastern Shore Track and Field team had two runners compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Championships June 7. Lenora Guion-Firmin and Ackeem Smith both ran in their respective events, with Guion-Firmin running in the 400-meter finals. Smith ran in the 110m hurdles on Friday.
Smith ran a 13.71-second time in the hurdles during the preliminary race in Greensboro, North Carolina to advance to the NCAA semifinals in Eugene, Oregon. Smith finished 17th in the hurdles with a time of 13.97 seconds.
Guion-Firmin finished in the top eight from the semifinals to advance to the finals round of the 400m dash. She ran a 52.59-second finish in the event for UMES, and finished seventh. "I am extremely proud of her," said head coach Ernest Barrett.
After two years of competition at UMES, Guion-Firmin will leave as one of the most decorated female track and field student-athletes in the school's history. "She had an outstanding two years at UMES," Barrett stated.
Guion-Firmin was a three-time NCAA All-American, and has garnered four individual records in both indoor and outdoor track and field.