EVANS RACKS UP ANOTHER HONOR
June 17, 2014
NEW ORLEANS, La. — The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced Monday those Division I athletes that earned the organization’s All-America honors. UMES senior Gayon Evans (Clarendon, Jamaica) was acknowledged by the organization too, as she earned Honorable Mention status from the USTFCCCA.
She earned the honorable mention for her performances in the 100 and 200 meter dashes at the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon. To get to that point, Evans fought thru a long outdoor season with many successes.
Beginning in March, Evans dominated in the 100, 200 and 400 meter dashes and made numerous assists in relay races. In the span of time between March and June, Gayon won five individual matches and helped in a relay win. Her finest race was the 200, where she won three races and narrowly missed Lenora Guion-Furmin’s 2013 school record with her time of 23.08 seconds. Evans also narrowly missed the Hawks record in the 100 meter dash as well, with her 11.47 second time at the NCAA Championships winding up less than a tenth of a second of Carol Galloway’s 1989 time of 11.43 seconds.
All of those efforts from the regular season paid off with qualifications to the NCAA Preliminaries in Jacksonville this past May. Of the eight Hawks who attended, Evans was the lone UMES athlete to advance to Eugene with a 12th place finish in the 100 meter and a 9th place finish in the 200 meter. She then concluded her season with a 19th and 21st in the 100 and 200 meter dashes, respectively, to officially earn the honorable mention by the USTFCCCA.