HAWKS EARN STRONG FINISHES AT IC4A/ECAC CHAMPIONSHIPS
May 19, 2014
PRINCETON, N.J. — The IC4A/ECAC Championships in New Jersey this past weekend featured 57 schools from up and down the east coast competing to qualify or improve positions for upcoming tournaments, as well as a chance to earn wins in a postseason tournament. Out of all those schools, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) track team finished strongly, with the men earning a 14th place finish and the women earning a 15th place finish. The men accrued 22 points while the women earned 20.
The men’s team was led by senior Ramone Waite (Kingston, Jamaica), who finished fifth in the 100 meter finals with a time of 10.67 seconds and sixth in the 200 meter finals with a time of 21.43 seconds. Waite had an even stronger finishes in the 100m semifinals with a second place time of 10.53 seconds and a sixth place semifinal time in the 200 meters at 21.33 seconds. Fellow seniors Aaron Chatmon (Waldorf, Md.) took fifth in the 400 meter dash with his second best finish of the season at 47.13 seconds, and Javon Spencer (Montego Bay, Jamaica) finished 10th in the 200 meter finals with a time of 21.73 seconds.
In the men’s relays, the team of Rico Taylor (Silver Spring, Md.), Spencer, Chatmon, and Waite finished fourth in the 4x100 race with a time of 40.97 seconds. Spencer, Waite and Chatmon, along with freshman Orwell Maylor (St. Catherine’s, Jamaica) took seventh in the 4x400 relay, posting a time of 3:16.06.
Junior Dillon Simon (Pottersville, Dominica) led the men’s field team with his fifth place, 53.18 meter performance in the discus and an 11th place finish in the shot put with a throw of 16.85 meters. Freshman Jared Kerr (Brampton, Ontario, Canada) finished 10th with a 6.99 meter leap in the long jump and junior Devin Wynn (Baltimore, Md.) took 19th in the triple jump with a distance of 14.12 meters.
Six Lady Hawks competed at the IC4A/ECAC championships as well, with senior Gayon Evans (Clarendon, Jamaica) pacing the team with a first place finish in the 200 meter dash finals with a time of 23.23 seconds. Evans also took second in the 100 meter finals with a time of 11.75 seconds. In the 4x800 relay, the team of freshman Rachel Halmon (Waldorf, Md.), sophomores Shantol Hemley (St. Catherine’s, Jamaica) and Jheniel Kelly (Edgewood, Md.) and Annis Mars (Brooklyn, N.Y.) earned a time of 8:55.63, good for seventh place and their best time of the season. Senior Shawnata Young (Temple Hills, Md.) finished 10th in the discus throw with a 43.08 meter toss.
Many, if not all of the Hawks who competed at the IC4A/ECAC Championships will have the chance to compete in the NCAA postseason tournament, beginning with the Eastern preliminary rounds to be held in Jacksonville, Fla. from May 29th thru the 31st.