MEN'S TRACK TAKES HOME FIRST PLACE AT MORGAN LEGACY
April 21, 2014
BALTIMORE, Md. — The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) track team seemed to flourish the warm spring weather at Hughes Stadium in Baltimore, because they came back to the Eastern Shore with their first team win in the outdoor season. With a total of 91.33 points, the Hawk men brought home first place at the Morgan Legacy this past Saturday, beating out 26 other schools and teams. The win was also accompanied by a slew of top five finishes, four individual wins, and one reset record.
While the men finished first, the women also finished in the top half of team scoring, finishing 12th out of 26 teams. The excellent relay team of sophomores Shantol Hemley (St. Catherine’s, Jamaica) and Jheniel Kelly (Edgewood, Md.), junior Annis Mars (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and senior Gayon Evans (Clarendon, Jamaica) beat their season best time by four seconds at 3:43.78, earning second place in the event. Freshman Shauntel Lucious (Newark, N.J.) scored high marks in the triple jump with a fourth place finish and a jump of 11.55 meters. In the discus throw, senior Shawnata Young (Temple Hills, Md.) threw for a distance of 42.34 meters, earning fifth place.
The first place performance for the men began on Friday with freshman Derrick Cheruiyot’s (Nairobi, Kenya) finishing sixth in the 3000 meter steeplechase with a time of 10:21.78. On Saturday, senior Ramone Waite (Kingston, Jamaica) finished fourth in the 100 meter preliminaries, and then took second in the finals at 10.6 seconds. Fellow senior Aaron Chatmon (Waldorf, Md.) finished fifth in the 200 meters and third in the 400 meters, with times of 21.51 seconds and 47.61 seconds, respectively. Waite earned a personal best in the 100 meter, while Chatmon set a personal best in the 400 meter.
A pair of Hawk freshman who are accustomed to winning continued to excel with top finishes at Morgan. Khalil Rmidi Kinnini (Malaga, Spain) won the 1500 meter race with his time of 3:55.78, a personal best and his second win in the event during the outdoor season. Jared Kerr (Brampton, Ontario, Canada), who already qualified for the World Junior Championships in the 400 meter hurdles, took home his second win in that event as well, with a time of 52.90 seconds. Fellow freshman Orwell Maylor (St. Catherine’s, Jamaica) set a personal best in the 400 hurdles, finishing right behind Kerr with a time of 53.14 seconds.
In the relay races, the team of Waite, Kerr, Chatmon, along with senior Javon Spencer (Montego Bay, Jamaica) earned the best finish for a Hawk relay team in the 4x400 meter with a time of 3:11.13 and a first place finish. The time fell just four seconds shy of a record for UMES that has stood for 51 years.
Junior Dillon Simon (Pottersville, Dominica) continued his exceptional play in the field events, with a second place toss of 17.42 meters in the shot put. Furthermore, he reset his own school record in the discus throw with a throw of 56.48 meters for the Hawks’ fourth top finish at the Morgan Legacy. He set the record in 2013, and then topped that original mark with a throw of 54.95 at the VertKlasse Meeting in North Carolina two weeks ago.
Two more upperclassmen also earned high marks in field events. Senior Rico Taylor (Silver Spring, Md.) finished second in the high jump at 1.98 meters, and junior Devin Wynn (Baltimore, Md.) took home fourth in the triple jump with a jump of 14.72 meters. For Wynn, the mark was a personal best this season, as well as a team high.
While UMES won the men’s competition, Morgan State defended their home territory on the women’s side, finishing with 93 points. The Hawks’ first place victory and high marks and times at the Morgan Legacy will set a weekend in Philadelphia for the prestigious Penn Relays on Franklin Field by the Schuylkill River. The meet will run from Thursday thru Saturday.