HAWKS GET READY FOR MEAC OUTDOOR TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
May 5, 2010
GREENSBORO, N.C. - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore men's and women's outdoor track and field teams wrap up their Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Season with the MEAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships, held this Thursday through Saturday at the Irwin Belk Track on the campus of North Carolina A&T State University.
In last year's championships, the women's team placed second with 109 points and finished as runners up to Hampton (119 points). The men's squad was third with 93.5 points behind Norfolk State (133.5) and Hampton (104).
The meet begins Thursday at 1 p.m. with the men's decathlon followed by the women's heptathlon at 1:30 p.m. The women's 5,000 meter race will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the men's 5,000 meter race at 5:50 p.m. will close out the first day of competition.
Senior Tamica Thomas (St. Catherine, Jamaica) leads the Lady Hawks in the 5,000m with a time of 18:26.84, which was ran on April 3 at the Penn Invitational. Freshman Basil Melek (Grand Prairie, Texas) has the fastest time for UMES with his time of 15:10.72 at the Wake Forest Open on March 19.
Action continues on Friday with the women's heptathlon and the men's decathlon. Other field events for day two include the men's and women's long jump, the women's shot put, women's pole vault, men's discus and men's high jump.
The Hawks are led in the long jump by freshman Courtney Gray (Frederick, Md.) on the women's side and freshman David Sandiford (Brooklyn, N.Y.) for the men. Gray jumped a distance of 5.37 meters at the Penn Invitational while Sandiford had a distance of 6.85 meters at the Wake Forest Open.
Sophomore Vanessa Henry (Capital Heights, Md.) leads the women's shot put for UMES with her Penn Relays distance of 14.80 meters on April 20. She is close to breaking her school record of 14.91 meters, which she set at last year's MEAC Championships.
Freshman Chelsea Lowe (Kenneth Square, Pa.) has the best pole vault height for the Hawks with her 2.45 meters at the Wake Forest Open.
Freshman Marcus Brown (Gaithersburg, Md.) leads UMES in the men's discus throw, where he threw 48.27 meters at the Mason Spring Invite on April 10.
The Hawks are led by senior James Moore (Manassas, Va.) in the high jump with his height of 2.05 meters, which was set at the Coppin State Eagle Twilight on April 29 and also at the Mason Spring Invite.
Friday afternoon continues on the track with the men's 110-meter hurdles and the women's 100-meter hurdles beginning at 1:50 p.m. Other track events include the 100 meters, 200 meters, 400 meters and 400-meter hurdles.
Sophomore Jermol Dix (Catonsville, Md.) holds the best time in the men's 110-meter hurdles with his finish of 15.00 at the Wake Forest Open while freshman Seneman Pollock (Waldorf, Md.) finished a 14.54 in the women's 100-meter hurdles at the Delaware State Invite on May 1.
The Lady Hawks are led by sophomore Melina Gallas (Paris, France) in the 100 meters, sophomore Monique Hawkins (Randallstown, Md.) in the 200 meters and freshman Emilie Ducados (Paris, France) in the 400 meters.
Gallas ran a 12.44 at the Wake Forest Open while Hawkins ran a 24.99 at the Delaware State Invite and Ducados finished in 56.66 in the Coppin State Eagle Twilight.
On the men's side, the Hawks are led by sophomore Akheem Gauntlett (Roselle, N.J.) in the 100 and 200 meters, senior Allodin Fothergill (New Hempstead, N.Y.) in the 400 meters and sophomore Johan Welter (Paris, France) in the 400-meter hurdles.
Gauntlett finished the 100 meters in 10.50 at the Wake Forest Open and the 200 meters in 21.03 at the Morgan State Legacy on April 16. Fothergill ran a 47.29 in the 400 meters at while Welter ran a 52.37 in the 400-meter hurdles, both at the Penn Invite.
The final day of competition starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday with the men's and women's triple jump. Early afternoon field events include the men's shot put, pole vault and javelin. The championships conclude with the men's and women's 4x400 meter relays.
Gray holds the season-best mark in the women's triple jump with 11.51 meters, which was set at the Maryland Invitational.
Brown also leads UMES in the men's shot put with his throw of 16.29 meters, which was registered at the Penn Invite. Dix holds the mark in the pole vault with a height of 3.35 meters at the Delaware State Invite.
Freshman Jonathan Bridle (Baltimore, Md.) made a splash in his first meet for the Hawks as he broke the school record in the javelin with a throw of 52.28 at the Morgan State Legacy.
UMES has shined this season in the men's relay events. The 4x400 squad of Fothergill, junior Paul Jones-Burden (Rahway, N.J.), junior Thomas Keane-Dawes (Camden, N.C.) and Gauntlett ran a season-best of 3:10.28 at the Penn Invite.
The women's 4x400 also ran a season-best at the Penn Invite with a time of 3:46.91. Hawkins, sophomore Cynthia Anais (Martinique, France), redshirt junior Eunice Jones (Lanham, Md.) and Ducados are members of the squad.
Admission for the 2010 Outdoor Track and Field Championships is $3 for children and adults ages 12 and older. Children under 12 and college students with valid ID are admitted free. Tickets are available at the Irwin Belk Track the day of the event.
Live stats will be made available on MEACsports.com and UMESHawks.com.