ACKEEM SMITH AND LENORA GUION-FIRMIN NAMED TO USTFCCCA ALL-AMERICA TEAM
June 12, 2013
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. --Ackeem Smith and Lenora Guion-Firmin both ran in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) East Preliminary Round and the NCAA Championships for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Their performance during the outdoor season earned them recognition by the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association. Smith received recognition in the 110-meter hurdles as an USTFCCCA Honorable Mention, while Guion-Firmin was awarded USTFCCCA All-America First Team honors.
Smith ran a time of 13.97 seconds in the semifinals of the NCAA 110-meter hurdles for UMES. His best time of the season was a 13.71-second finish in the NCAA East Preliminary Round. He finished fourth in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Championships with a time of 13.98 seconds. He finished third in the Morgan State Legacy meet, and took first place in the George Mason Invitational with a 14.42.
Participating in the 4x100-meter relay, Smith assisted UMES to a first place finish in the 4x100m of the Duke Invitational. The team's best finish was a 40.43-second time for second place in the IC4A/ECAC Track and Field Championships.
Running as a specialist in the 400-meter dash, Guion-Firmin advanced to the finals in Eugene, Oregon after running a 51.97-second second-place finish in the NCAA East Preliminary Round.
She ran a 52.03 in the semifinal round to advance to the finals on Friday, June 7. Her time of 52.59 placed her in the top eight finishers to qualify for first team status. Guion-Firmin is one of the most decorated student-athletes in UMES women's track and field history. Guion-Firmin is a three-time NCAA All-American, and has garnered awards in both indoor and outdoor track and field.