TWO MEETS AWAIT OUTDOOR TRACK THIS WEEKEND
March 27, 2014
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. — For the first of two weekends this outdoor season, the UMES track team will travel to a pair of meets in the same weekend. The bulk of the team, 25 athletes, will compete in the Raleigh Relays this Friday and Saturday, while another 14 athletes will head to Baltimore for the UMBC Big Dawg Invite on Saturday.
The team hopes to build on their first meet at the Naval Academy last weekend, where both teams finished in third place. The men’s team finished with 91 points, with three wins and four IC4A qualifications. Junior Dillon Simon (Pottersville, Dominica) won the shot put and finished second in the weight throw, qualifying for the IC4As in both events. Senior Rico Taylor (Silver Spring, Md.) and freshman Jared Kerr (Brampton, Ontario, Canada) also earned qualification to the IC4As in different events. Taylor won the high jump event at the 2.04 meters while Kerr won the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 53.74 seconds.
On the women’s side, five women in two events qualified for the ECACs. Junior Gayon Evans (Clarendon, Jamaica) earned qualification in the 400 meter dash with her time of 55.46 seconds, and the team of freshman Rachel Halmon (Waldorf, Md.), sophomores Shantol Hemley (St. Catherine’s, Jamaica) and Jheniel Kelly (Edgewood, Md.) and junior Annis Mars (Brooklyn, N.Y.) qualified in the 4x400 relay with a time of 3:51.50, after previously setting the school’s 4x800 relay record in the indoor season. The athletes took home first in both events, as did freshman Evelyn Chappell (Bowie, Md.) for her 1.65 meter leap in the high jump.
UMES will be competing against approximately 100 schools from across the country at the Raleigh Relays, hosted by North Carolina State University. At the UMBC Big Dawg Invitational, the Hawks will face off against seven schools from Pennsylvania, Delaware, Massachusetts and Maryland. Both meets will be taped via live internet streaming, but the UMBC meet is for track events only. The Raleigh Relays will be broadcast on flotrack.org for a subscription fee, and the UMBC meet will be broadcast on the America East Conference video feed.