HAWK TALK: A WEEKLY RECAP OF UMES ATHLETICS (MAY 26TH THROUGH JUNE 1ST)
June 2, 2014
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – This week’s Hawk Talk edition features bowling news, track & field weekly results, and more, including the Art Shell Celebrity Golf Classic.
The news hot off the press so let’s jump right into it:
For the third consecutive year, women’s bowling Megan Buja (Rockford, Ill.) was named to the CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-District Team. She was a First-Team selection in the University Division for women’s at-large teams, becoming the only women’s bowling student-athlete in the country to earn the recognition this season.
"I am proud to be an Academic All-American," added Buja. "I have always said I am a student first and an athlete second. Being honored with the Academic All-America distinction is an amazing feeling because it means I have been successful both on the lanes and in the classroom. It's what every student-athlete should strive for."
On April 17th, the Hawks wrapped up their season by finishing in fifth-place at the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) ITC.
MEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD
On May 29th, four Hawks competed in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) preliminaries in Jacksonville, Fla. Freshman Jared Kerr (Brampton, Ontario, Canada) finished 32nd in the long-jump while junior Dillon Simon (Pottersville, Roseau, Dominca) placed 34th in the shot-put. Other notable Hawk performances included senior Aaron Chatman (Waldorf, Md.) earning 41st in the 400-meter dash whereas freshman Orwell Maylor (St. Catherine’s, Jamaica) took 43rd in the 400-meter hurdles.
The next day (05/30), senior Javon Spencer (Montego Bay, Jamaica) finished 43rd in the men’s 200 meter dash with a time of 21.89 seconds.
On the final day (05/31), Simon reset his school-record in the discus-throw while the relay squad of Chatman, Spencer, Rico Taylor (Silver Spring, Md.), and Ramone Waite (Kingston, Jamaica) took home 22nd in the 4x100 relay.
WOMEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD
Last Thursday (05/29), senior Gayon Evans (Clarendon, Jamaica) qualified for the NCAA preliminary semi-finals after placing 11th in the 100-meter dash. She posted an 11.66 time, earning her 11th-out-of-48 runners.
The following day (05/30), Evans advanced to the NCAA semi-finals in Eugene, Ore. As a result, this will be the fifth straight year that a UMES student-athlete will represent the school at the NCAA finals.
The next day (05/31), Evans qualified for 200-meter dash in the NCAA semi-finals after her ninth place finish in the event at the NCAA preliminaries.
On June 11-14, Evans will travel to Eugene, Ore. to compete in the NCAA Championships.
ART SHELL CELERBRITY GOLF TOURNAMENT
The Art Shell UMES Celebrity Golf Tournament is approaching as sports celebrities are filling the line-up for the June 11th event. Among the 35 sports celebrities include UMES alumni Art Shell, Emerson Boozer, and Earl Christy.
For complete recaps, results and news of Hawk athletics, please visit www.umeshawks.com.