FRESHMAN ON FIRE TO BEGIN SEASON, HAWKS RUN WELL AT UMES LID-LIFTER
Sep 7, 2013
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – The University of Maryland Eastern Shore cross country teams opened up their 2013 campaign on Saturday afternoon as the Hawks saw each squad earn top-3 finishes at the UMES Lid-Lifter. The men highlighted action with a second-place finish amongst five teams, while the women concluded the day with a third-place finish. The men’s team saw two freshman, Khalil Rmidi Kinini (Malaga, Spain) and Derrick Cheruiyot (Nairobi, Kenya) each earn a top-10 placing.
The men’s 5k race was dominated by Norfolk State (17 points), who saw all five of its runners cross the finish line within the first seven finishes. Rmidi Kinini was the first to finish for the men after he concluded the race with an eighth-place time of 16:42.07, before Cheruiyot came around nine seconds later at 16:51.06 to place tenth.
It was the performance of UMES’ next three runners that would make the difference for the Hawks. Freshman Nassar Whitehead (Sunrise, Fla.) placed 12th in 17:11.02, while seniors Paul Jerry (Washington, D.C.) was 13th in 17:14.03 and Codjo Gbedo (New Carrollton, Md.) finished 14th with a time of 17:22.07. The trio outdueled the last runner for Morgan State to help the Hawks claim second-place by 10 points over the Bears.
The women’s team saw Morgan State (28 points) and Norfolk State (31 points) finish first and second in the team results, before the Lady Hawks took third at the 5k race with 87 points. Sophomore Rachel Halmon (Waldorf, Md.) was the first to cross the finish line for UMES when she ran a 20:39.29 to finish in 12th. Sophomore Shantol Hemley (St. Catherine, Jamaica) placed 16th with a time of 22:05.47 and Margret Wilmont-Francis was 17th in 22:06.36. Sophomore Jheniel Kelly (Edgewood, Md.) rounded out the top-5 for UMES with an 18th place time of 22:06.86.
Norfolk State’s David Kibet won a foot race at the finish to win the men’s race with a time of 15:46.02 and Morgan State’s Ashley Seymour was the top women’s harrier in 18:42.55. NSU took four of the top-5 finishes on the men’s side and three of the five best for the women.
UMES will hit the road for its next race when the Hawks travel to Dover, Del., to run at the DSU Invitational.
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