HAWK TALK: A WEEKLY RECAP OF UMES ATHLETICS (OCTOBER 14TH THROUGH 20TH)
On Saturday, the MEAC Cross-Country Championship is held at UMES Country Country Course

On Saturday, the MEAC Cross-Country Championship is held at UMES Country Country Course

Oct. 21, 2013

PRINCESS ANNE, MD. – This week’s Hawk Talk edition features UMES Athletes of the Week, baseball alumni game, bowling preseason honors, golf season overview, and men’s & women’s cross-country and volleyball weekend results, and more, including Walk with a Hawk.

Let’s begins:

BASEBALL

On Saturday (10/19), the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) baseball team held their annual alumni game at Hawk Stadium where the current Hawks held off a late rally by the alumni to win, 5-4. Seniors Byron Campbell and Jeffrey Fleetwood led the way for the current Hawks while John O’ Neal, Luis Mena, Tre-Von Johnson, and Shaquille Bagwell paced the alumni. UMES Hall of Famers Kirkland Hall and Marvin Blye also took part in the game.

In February, the team opens the 2013-14 regular season on the road at Tampa, FL where they will face South Florida in a three-game series.

BOWLING

Last Wednesday (10/16), the Mid-Eastern Atlantic Conference (MEAC) announced its 2013-14 preseason women’s bowling poll and UMES was selected to win the MEAC Northern Division. UMES received 14 out of 19 first-place votes.

The team earned 209 total points followed by Delaware State (177), predicted to finish behind UMES in the MEAC North Division. Hampton, Howard, Morgan State, and Coppin State are predicted to finish third, fourth, fifth, and sixth in the MEAC North Division, respectively.

Additionally, Mariana Alvarado (Leon, Mexico) and Megan Buja (Rockwood, IL) were selected to the 2013-14 Preseason All-MEAC First Team. On Nov. 1st, the team heads to New Jersey to participate in the New Jersey Jamboree, hosted by Fairleigh Dickinson University.

MEN’S CROSS-COUNTRY

On Oct. 11th, UMES men’s cross-country team finished second in the Delaware State Invitational (DSU Invitational). Three Hawk runners placed top-10 finishes, including Freshman Khalil Rmidi (Malaga, Spain). Rmidi paced the team, finishing second in the event (27:25.51). With Rmidi’s performance, Rmidi earned the Peninsula Regiona Medical Center (PRMC) UMES Athlete of the Week award along with freshman Sonia Rosales (Volleyball). This is Rmidi fourth time earning this honor.

Fellow freshmen Nassor Whitehead (Sunrise, FL) and Derrick Cheruiyot (Nairobi, Kenya) also had strong performances. Whitehead earned a 27:52.65 mark, placing him fourth, while Cheruiyot rounded out the top-10 (28:44.20).

This Saturday (10/26), the men will compete in their final meet of the regular season at the MEAC Championships, held at UMES Cross Country Course.

WOMEN’S CROSS-COUNTRY

On Oct. 11th, UMES women’s cross-country placed fourth in the DSU Invitational, led by freshman Rachel Halmon (Waldorf, MD). Halmon eclipsed a 19:39.40 mark, placing her tenth in the event. Other notable finishes include sophomores Shantol Hemley (St. Catherines, Jamaica) and Marget Wilmot-Francis (Rancho Cucamonga, CA) finishing back-to-back, 16th and 17th, respectively.

On Oct. 26th, the women conclude their regular season in the MEAC Championships, hosted by UMES.

GOLF

Thus far, the men’s golf team has opened the 2013-14 season with solid play in their three tournaments, led by Senior Captain, Michael Veverka (Brunswick, MD). In just its fourth season and first as a member of the MEAC, the golf team has finished within the top-seven in each tournament this season.

Veverka has led the team in every tournament this season, carrying a 74.67 average. Sophomores Jon Seward (Ft. Washington, MD) and Norman Blanco (New Orleans, LA) each sit 80 under for the season, placing them in the Hawks top-three.

On Nov. 8th, the golf team will be back in action as they travel to Savannah, GA to compete in a three-day tournament (Nov. 8-10) at the Tiger Invitational.

VOLLEYBALL

Last Monday (10/14), freshman Sonia Rosales (Victorville, CA) was named PRMC UMES Athlete of the Week along with freshman Khalil Rmidi (XC Cross-Country). Last weekend, the volleyball team competed in vital rematches against conference foes. On Friday (10/18), the volleyball team dropped a heartbreaker to Norfolk State, 3-2. Sophomore Diara Lewis (Columbia, SC) led the charge for the Lady Hawks in the first two sets and finished one kill shy from a double-double. Lewis tallied nine kills and a season-high 11 digs. Rosales recorded her fifth 30+ assist performances on the season (38). Senior Jingqiao Li (Beijing, China) registered her fifth 20+ dig performance this season (22) in the loss.

Yesterday (10/20), the Lady Hawks erased a 2-1 match deficit to comeback and defeat Delaware State in five sets, 3-2. Lewis and Ashley Smith (Huntley, IL) led the Hawk attack with 13 kills each. Rosales continued to provide the team with solid play, including Sunday’s 39 assist performance. Defensively, Li (Beijing, China) paced UMES with 17 digs while Junior Aleksandra Manolova (Sofia, Bulgara) tallied 11 digs in the victory.

This Friday (10/25), the Lady Hawks conclude their six-match road trip as they face Howard University in our Nation’s Capital, Washington, DC. The match begins 7:00 p.m.

GENERAL

WALK WITH A HAWK

This weeks’ Walk With A Hawk featured Senior Men’s Cross-Country Runner Paul Jerry. Jerry is the true definition of a renaissance man as he participates in multiple activities on and off campus, such as boxing, youth leader, UMES cross-country, and more.

The Applied Design major had an opportunity to attend Harvard, but chose UMES to follow in the footsteps of his adopted father, Cpl Anthony Eric Murrill a.k.a “Mr. Metro Man.” With Metro Man’s guidance, Jerry transformed from a timid child into an outgoing, young man.

To read more about Jerry, please visit www.umeshawks.com.

For complete recaps, results and news of Hawk athletics, please visit www.umeshawks.com.