LENORA GUION-FIRMIN AND ANDRE WALSH NAMED USTFCCCA ALL-ACADEMIC HONOREE
July 27, 2012
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. --A pair of University of Maryland Eastern Shore student athletes were named United States Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic Honorees. Teammates Lenora Guion-Firmin and Andre Walsheach earned academic recognition on the 2012 USTFCCCA team.
Guion-Firmin finished her junior season with a cumulative 4.0 grade point average in exercise science, while Walsh had a 3.64 GPA in history. Both also earned UMES athletic recognition for their academic success.
Guion-Firmin and Walsh were outstanding competitors on the track as well. Each received recognition throughout the season with Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, USTFCCCA or Peninsula Regional Medical Center Athlete of the Week honors. They are also school record holders in multiple events.
Walsh holds a school record in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 50.32, 200-meter indoor school record of 20.89, and team record in the 4x100-meter relay. The Hawks set a time of 39.71 in the 4x100-meter relay in the chase for the national championship. Walsh had the eighth best 400-meter hurdle time in the country in the first week of the USTFCCCA reporting.
Guion-Firmin holds school records in both the 200 (23.49) and 400-meter (52.20) dash events. In week four of the USTFCCCA reporting, Guion-Firmin was ranked 22nd in the 400-meter dash. In week five she jumped to 12th and finished the season in the top 10 in the country.
She will represent her native country of France in the 4x400-meter relay in the London Olympic Games opening Friday, July 27. Guion-Firmin will be the only woman past or present to represent France that also competes for a United States college or university, as reported by the USTFCCCA.