HAWKS CONCLUDE TRACK AND FIELD SEASON WITH ALL-AMERICAN HONORS AND HONORABLE MENTIONS
June 9, 2012
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. --The University of Maryland Eastern Shore Outdoor Track and Field team had three players receive honors, and one team earned honorable mention. Lenora Guion-Firmin received National Collegiate Athletic Association First Team All-American recognition, while teammates Andre Walsh and Vanessa Henry earned NCAA Second Team and Honorable Mention honors, respectively. The men's 400-meter relay team also earned Honorable Mention.
Guion-Firmin posted a 52.65-second time in the 400-meter dash finals. Sprinting from lane one, Guion-Firmin finished eighth for the Hawks. She reached the finals after posting a 52.23 in her qualifying heat.
Henry earned a spot in the national finals after placing in the championships during the preliminary round. She was the only female from a Historically Black College and University to qualify for the finals round.
Walsh placed 15th in the 400-meter hurdles, and ran a 50.88-second time in the event. He placed fifth in his heat, and helped the men's 400-meter relay program to an honorable mention. Walsh's teammates on the relay, Rico Taylor, Ackeem Smith and Marcus Wallace finished with the 20th best time with a 40.18-second time.
In total, UMES had 10 student-athletes participating in the chase for the national championship. The 400-meter relay team, Henry, Walsh and Guion-Firmin competed in Des Moines, Iowa, while Geranda Williams, Zavior Brown and Cynthia Anais competed in the NCAA East Preliminary Round. All events counted towards competing in the national championship held Saturday.