EVANS HEADED TO EUGENE AFTER DAY TWO OF NCAA PRELIMS
May 31, 2014
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.— In the preliminary round of the NCAA Championships, University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) senior track sprinter Gayon Evans (Clarendon, Jamaica) needed to finish in the top half of 48 runners to advance to the quarterfinal. With a time of 11.66 seconds, she finished 11th, well ahead of the cutoff line. For the quarterfinal, the line would get even tighter, and Evans would have to crack the top 12 to advance.
On Friday, she did just that, as for the second straight day Evans finished 11th in the field of runners, thus qualifying for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Championship Finals in Eugene, Orgeon. Running in the fourth position in the second of three possible heats, Evans finished fourth with a time of 11.483 seconds. Gayon earned 11th place outright after winning the tiebreaker against Ohio State junior Chesna Skyes, and the duo became the final two to advance to Oregon.
It will be the fifth straight year that a UMES athlete will represent the school at the NCAA finals. In 2013, sprinter and mid-distance runner Lenora Guion-Firmin and hurdler Ackeem Smith competed at the final round. Guion-Furmin advanced in the finals for the 400 meter dash, ultimately finishing seventh.
In addition to moving onto Eugene in the 100 meter dash, Evans qualified to move on in the 200 meter dash with a 5th place finish and a time of 22.33 seconds. She will run on Saturday in the quarterfinal round, needing to once again finish in the top twelve in order to advance. One other Hawk competed on Friday as fellow senior Javon Spencer (Montego Bay, Jamaica) finished 43rd in the men’s 200 meter dash with a time of 21.89 seconds.
There are several other Hawks competing on Saturday to join Evans in Oregon. Two relay teams of five players—Spencer, seniors Rico Taylor (Silver Spring, Md.), Ramone Waite (Kingston, Jamaica), Aaron Chatmon (Waldorf, Md.) and freshman Orwell Maylor (St. Catherine’s, Jamaica) will compete in the 4x100 and 4x400 relays. Spencer, Waite, and Chatmon will run in both races. It will also be a big day for Taylor, who will compete in the high jump. Junior Dillon Simon (Pottersville, Roseau, Dominica) will also compete in the discus throw.
The meet results can be followed live on flashresults.com. Today’s events will begin at noon and run until approx. 10:00 p.m. this evening.