EVANS EARNS SECOND QUALIFICATION AND SIMON BREAKS RECORD AT NCAAs
June 1, 2014
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.— For three days, eight members of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) track team ran, jumped and threw for the chance to continue their season and in some cases their careers in the preliminary rounds of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Championships. In the end, one of the Hawk was awarded the opportunity, as senior Gayon Evans (Clarendon, Jamaica) earned qualification in both the 100 meter and 200 meter dash events. It wasn’t all bad from other Hawks though, as junior Dillon Simon (Pottersville, Roseau, Dominica) reset his school record in the discus throw.
Evans was the lone Lady Hawk present at the event, but she excelled in both of her events. She qualified on Friday for the 100 meter dash quarterfinals after finishing 11th in a field of 24 qualifiers on Thursday. In order to qualify for the semifinals in Eugene, Gayon would need to finish in the top three of her heat or be one of three top times for the fourth thru sixth place finishers. A fourth place finish in Heat #2 almost kept her from moving on, but her season-best time of 11.49 seconds was good enough for an official finish of 12th place, giving Evans the final qualifying position.
The 200 meter dash event proved to be a somewhat easier feat for Evans. She breezed through the preliminary rounds with a time of 23.33 seconds, good for a fifth place finish and a quarterfinals lock. Although her time of 23.56 was slower in the quarterfinals on Saturday, Gayon still finished in ninth, well above the eligibility for line for the semifinals in Eugene.
Gayon will travel to Oregon for the semifinal round of June 11th where she will compete in the semifinal field of 24 runners for both races—12 from the East regional and 12 from the West, which was held in Arkansas this past weekend as well.
Simon narrowly missed the 12-person qualifying field with a 14th place in the discus throw, but he did manage to reset his own school record with a toss of 56.92 meters. His previous record was also set during the outdoor season with a 56.48 meter toss at the Morgan Legacy this past April. Dillon also competed in the shot put on Friday, where he finished 34th with a 17.28 meter toss.
Two relay teams also competed for the Hawks on Saturday. The all-senior team of Rico Taylor (Silver Spring, Md.), Javon Spencer (Montego Bay, Jamaica), Aaron Chatmon (Waldorf, Md.), and Ramone Waite (Kingston, Jamaica) took home 22nd in the 4x100 relay with a time of 40.56 seconds. Spencer, Waite, and Chatmon also ran in the 4x400 relay, along with freshman Orwell Maylor (St. Catherine’s, Jamaica), finishing 24th with a time of 3:12.38.