HAWKS LOOK TO NEWCOMERS TO GO THE DISTANCE
Codjo Gbedo (pictured) looks to anchor the men's cross country team this fall

Codjo Gbedo (pictured) looks to anchor the men's cross country team this fall

Sep 4, 2013

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore cross country teams are ready to compete for a MEAC Championship in 2013 with some returning superstars and a wealth of new talent.  They hope to capitalize on the experience gained from last season, while hosting three meets and competing in several others around the region.

Looking to build off of a fifth-place finish at the 2012 MEAC Cross Country Championships, the women's cross country team will be turning to Annis Mars (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Shantol Hemley (St. Catherine, Jamaica) and Jheniel Kelly (Edgewood, Md.) to lead the way to another strong season.  On the men's side, the Hawks look for Javierelle Turner (Staten Island, N.Y.), Shaquille Turner (Staten Island, N.Y.), Codjo Gbedo (New Carrollton, Md.), and Alonzo Jarmon (Bowie, Md.) to help lead the way.

The best finish for the women's team was a third-place finish in the Delaware State Invitational, followed by three fourth-place finishes and a strong fifth-place finish in the MEAC Championship.  The men's team started off strong winning the first event of the year, the UMES Lid Lifter, and followed that up with a third and fourth-place finish in two other events during the season.

On the women's side, one freshman, Rachel Halmon (Waldorf, Md.), and one transfer, Margret Wilcot-Francis (Rancho Cucamonga, Ca.), will be seeing action for the Hawks this year.

Freshman Khalil Rmidi Kinini (Malaga, Spain) and transfers Derrick Cheruiyot (Arkansas Little Rock) and Mark Tuwie (Oklahoma Panhandle State University) will look to contribute to the men's side for the upcoming season. Also, walk-on Nassor Whitehead (Sunrise, Fla.) will add depth to the squad.

COACHING STAFF

Head Coach Ernest Barrett enters his 15th season as the head cross country/track and field coach at UMES.  Barrett has put together an impressive résumé across his coaching career, where he has been named MEAC Outstanding Coach seven times and coached 10 NCAA national qualifiers. He will be assisted by Javier Olivas, Curtley Bynoe and Amon Kiprotich.

SCHEDULE

UMES will start the cross country season at home when they host the UMES Lid-Lifter Invitational this Saturday, September 7th.  The squad's next event will be the following week at the DSU Hornet Invitational in Dover, Del., before they host their second event of the year, the UMES Cappy Anderson Invitational, on September 21st.  After a weekend off, the Hawks will be in action on October 5th for the DSU Farm Run Invitational.  The following week the Hawks travel back to Delaware to run in the UD Blue and Gold Invitational in Newark, Del.  On October 26th, the Hawks come back to Princess Anne to host the MEAC Championships.  The season concludes on November 15th in Bethlehem, Pa., with the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional meet.

 "We want to concentrate on running on our own course to get ready for the MEAC Championships and running against those teams on a regular basis," said Barrett.

This will be the fifth straight year that UMES will host the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Championship. The UMES women's program has won three MEAC Championships dating back to 1983, and was back-to-back winners in 2007 and 2008. The men's team has won four championships in the same time period, winning consecutive years in 1994 and 1995.

For a full UMES Cross Country schedule or for information on other athletic teams, players, coaches and season tickets visit www.umeshawks.com to learn more.