TWO HAWKS SOAR HIGH IN JAMAICA
June 30, 2014
KINGSTON, Jamaica —Jamaica National Stadium played host to some of the finest track and field athletes in that country during the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) National Senior Trails this past weekend. Counted among these fine athletes were two people who also showcased their talents in Princess Anne, representing the UMES Hawks track team. Both came away with excellent performances rivaling their best finishes as Hawks.
St. Catherine’s, Jamaica native Allodin Fothergill, UMES ’10, competed in his specialty, the 400 meter dash. Needing to pass through two rounds to advance to the finals, Fothergill breezed through both. In the heats, he earned a second place finish in his race with a time of 46.39 seconds. Allodin did even better in the semifinals with a time of 46.26 seconds and another second place finish. Though he placed seventh in a field of eight finalists, Fothergill’s time of 45.70 seconds came close to his best finish as a Hawk when he set the school record of 45.44 seconds, set in June 2009.
Gayon Evans (Clarendon, Jamaica), who just wrapped up her college career with an NCAA Championships appearance, ran in the two races she excelled in for the past two years at UMES—the 100 and 200 meter dashes. In the 100 meter dash, she
placed fifth in the first heat while earning a time of 11.50 seconds, close to her UMES-best time of 11.47 seconds. The 200 meter dash proved to be Evans’ strong suit as she qualified in the heats with a third place time of 23.63 seconds. With a limited amount of runners the 200 meter skipped the semis and went straight to the finals. Evans finished sixth in the final race with a time of 23.68 seconds.
Along with Fothergill, Evans does own a school record in the indoor season with a time of 23.36 seconds, which she earned this past March. In addition to his 400 meter outdoor record, Allodin holds two individual records in the 400 and 500 meter runs for the indoor season and took part in the second leg of the record for the 4x200 relay.
While Fothergill has already established a postseason career in his native country, the tournament served as the first big weekend of races for Evans after the conclusion of her collegiate career. She will continue on to bigger and better meets when she competes in the Pan-American games later this year.