TRACK EARNS STRONG FINISHES DESPITE COMPETITION AND RAIN
March 30, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. and BALTIMORE, Md. -- After a pair of third place finishes last weekend at the Navy Invitational, two separate meets awaited the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) track teams this awaited. Although neither event was subject to team scoring, the group of athletes that went to the Raleigh Relays faced a tough challenge from a large field of other colleges from across the country, while the group that went to Baltimore for the UMBC Big Dawg Invitational had difficulties from the inclement weather. However, there were several excellent performances by a good number of Hawks throughout the weekend.
Junior Gayon Evans (Clarendon, Jamaica) qualified for the 100 meter dash finals by finishing first in a field of 157 athletes with a time of 11.56 seconds, and then earned a fourth place finish in the finals at 11.77 seconds. Both sophomores Shantol Hemley (St. Catherine's, Jamaica) and Taylor Folk (Baltimore, Md.) registered their seasonal best in the 400 meter dash, and the 4x400 relay team of Hemley, Evans, freshman Rachel Halmon (Waldorf, Md.), and junior Annis Mars (Brooklyn, N.Y.) beat their Navy performance with a time of 3:47.15, while placing 11th.
The men's team also enjoyed its lion's share of good performances in Raleigh. Senior Aaron Chatman (Waldorf, Md.) finished fifth in the 400 meter dash with a time of 47.67 seconds, and fellow senior Ramone Waite (Kingston, Jamaica) beat his season high with a time of 49.22 seconds. The 4x200 relay team of senior Javon Spencer (Montego Bay, Jamaica), Waite, Chatman and junior Hackeem Harris (Wilmington, Del.) finished eighth with a time of 1:26.53. In the field event, freshman Jared Kerr (Brampton, Ontario, Canada) placed fourth in the long jump with a jump of 7.37 meters, and junior Dillon Simon (Pottersville, Dominica) had two top ten finishes--a second place showing in the shot put with a distance of 17.26 meters and a fifth place showing in the discus throw with a season-high of 53.15 meters.
At the UMBC Big Dawg Invitational, there were several top ten finishes before the event was cut short by the inclement weather that has hit Baltimore this weekend. Senior Codjo Gbedo (New Carrollton, Md.) finished sixth in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:00.19, with freshman Sodiq Amusat (Lanham, Md.) right behind him in seventh at 2:01.81. Freshman Khalil Rmidi Kinnini (Malaga, Spain) picked up where his indoor season left off with a strong second place performance of 4:01.44 in the 1500 meter run. A third Hawk freshman, Taj Showalter (Anchorage, Ak.) qualified for the 110 meter hurdles finals with a fourth place finish and a time of 16.33 seconds in the preliminaries, and followed that with a 16.02 second, third place effort in the finals. On the women's side, freshman Alexis Daley (Huntingtown, Md.) finished ninth in the shot put with a distance of 9.29 meters.
The Hawks will now join together as one team once again for another trip to North Carolina, as they look to compete in the Vertklasse Meeting on the campus of High Point University.