TRACK PREPARES FOR TWO MEETS THIS WEEKEND
April 9, 2014
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. — For the final time this year, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) track team will head for two separate meets this weekend. One of the meets will be on Friday, the Don Webster Invitational hosted by Coppin State. Originally scheduled for Saturday, the meet was moved up a day due to a conflict in schedules. Track will follow up the Webster invite with the Mason Spring Invitational, hosted by George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. on Saturday.
In only four meets so far this season, the Hawks have already racked up twelve wins. Freshman Jared Kerr (Brampton, Ontario, Canada) won the 400m hurdles at the Navy Invitational with a time of 53.74 seconds, and two more wins in field events, a 7.07 meter mark in the long jump and a 14.45 meter mark in the triple jump, both set at the VertKlasse Meeting in High Point, North Carolina. These win tie Kerr with the most wins on the team with senior Gayon Evans (Clarendon, Jamaica).
Evans set two facility records at the VertKlasse Meeting in the 100m and 200m dash, with times of 11.53 seconds and 23.43 seconds, respectively. While it was originally reported that Evans broke the school record in the 200m dash, research showed that Lenora Guion-Furmin still possessed the record, her fastest being a time of 22.91 seconds at the World Championships in Moscow last August. Gayon also won a 400m dash at the Navy Invitational with a time of 55.46 seconds.
Other winners include junior Dillon Simon (Pottersville, Dominica), who took home two shot put wins from Navy and VertKlasse and the relay 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.) also registered two wins in the 4x400 meter relay so far this year. Senior Rico Taylor (Silver Spring, Md.) earned a high jump victory at and sophomore Evelyn Chappell (Bowie, Md.) won a high jump event, both at Navy.
The Don Webster Invitational will take place on the Coppin State campus beginning at 3pm this coming Friday, which is in its fourth year. George Mason will host the Mason Spring Invitational, which is an all-day event. Results will be posted on tfrrs.org soon after completion of the meets.