BUDDING HAWKS GARDEN STATE BOUND FOR IC4A/ECAC CHAMPIONSHIPS
May 15, 2014
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. — There were many successes for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) track & field team this past spring. Most recently, the men’s team earned a fourth place finish at the MEAC Championships in Greensboro earlier this month, earning the team the school’s Quantum Leap Award for the improvements made over the year. Now many Hawks and Lady Hawks will have the opportunity to show off their hard work and talents at postseason tournaments, beginning with the IC4A and ECAC Championships at Princeton, N.J. this coming weekend.
The three day event will be held at the William Weaver Track & Field Stadium on the campus of Princeton University beginning this Friday and lasting through Sunday. This will be the 138th annual meeting for the men in the IC4A and the 31st annual meeting for the women in the ECAC.
Fifteen Hawks and four relay squads are eligible to compete for UMES during the championships. Some earned qualifications with times and marks that carried over from the indoor season, but many others qualified with performances from this spring. Also, several athletes qualified in multiple events. In the 100 meter dash, three seniors, Ramone Waite (Kingston, Jamaica), Javon Spencer (Montego Bay, Jamaica) and Gayon Evans (Clarendon, Jamaica) earned qualification. Evans is currently fourth among 100m dash qualifiers with an 11.47 second time at the MEAC Outdoor Championship. All three can also run in other races, with Waite and Spencer qualifying in the 200 meter dashes. Evans qualified for the 200m and 400m dashes, and her time in the 200 meter dash ranks second among all competitors. Senior Aaron Chatmon (Waldorf, Md.) joined Waite and Spencer in qualifying for the 200m dash, and can also run in the 400m dash, along with freshman Michael Johnson (Ramstein AFB, Germany).
Johnson is also one of three Hawks to qualify in the 400m hurdles with fellow freshmen Orwell Maylor (St. Catherine’s, Jamaica) and Jared Kerr (Brampton, Ontario, Canada). Maylor is ranked 10th in the event with a time of 52.12 seconds.
Four relay teams also earn qualification. With a time of 40.28 seconds, the men’s 4x100 team of senior Rico Taylor (Silver Spring, Md.), Spencer, Waite and Chatmon placed third in the qualifying field. The team of Spencer, Waite, Maylor, and Chatmon placed sixth in the 4x400 relay with a time of 3:08.18. The women’s 4x400 team of sophomores Shantol Hemley (St. Catherine’s, Jamaica) and Jheniel Kelly (Edgewood, Md.), junior Annis Mars (Brooklyn, N.Y.) along with the senior Evans, as well as the 4x800 team of freshman Rachel Halmon (Waldorf, Md.), Hemley, Kelly and Mars also qualified.
In field events, Taylor is ranked 17th in the high jump with his jump of 2.11 meters. Kerr earned a 10th place spot in the long jump along with freshman Nicarge Arnold (Castries, St. Lucia), who qualified with his time from an indoor meet. Junior Devin Wynn (Baltimore, Md.) qualified in the triple jump, along with Kerr. Fellow juniors Dillon Simon (Pottersville, Dominica) and Rico Duncan (Cheverly, Md.) are currently ranked in the top 10 with fourth and ninth place rankings, respectively. Simon is ranked 7th in the discus and Lady Hawk senior Shawnata Young (Temple Hills, Md.) qualified in the women’s discus.
Finally, freshman Shelasia Leitch (Newark, N.J.) qualified in the heptathlon with a 4228 score at the MEAC Outdoor Championships.
The IC4A/ECAC tournament will be a chance for some to qualify for the NCAA Preliminaries in Jacksonville later this month, while others will use the weekend to improve their standings, times and marks. The NCAA preliminaries are set to be held between May 29th and 31st.