HAWK TALK: A WEEKLY RECAP OF UMES ATHLETICS (OCTOBER 21ST THROUGH 27TH)
Khalil Rmidi (pictured) earned sixth-place at the MEAC Cross-Country Championship

Khalil Rmidi (pictured) earned sixth-place at the MEAC Cross-Country Championship

Oct. 28, 2013

PRINCESS ANNE, MD. – This week’s Hawk Talk edition features UMES Athletes of the Week, former alumni signs professional contract, bowling preseason poll, and weekend results, including MEAC Cross-Country Championship.

Let’s begins:

BASEBALL

Last Monday (10/21), freshman Chris Adams (Brentwood, MD) received the Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC) University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) Athlete of the Week award along with Diara Lewis (Volleyball) for his performance in the UMES Baseball Alumni Game (10/19). The freshman went 2-3 with a RBI in the 5-4 victory over the Hawk Alumni team. This is the very first-time Adams has won this award.

Later in the week, former UMES pitcher Karim Gonzalez (’12) signed a contract to play professional baseball for the Cafeteros de Cordoba (Mexican Winter League). Gonzalez is the first UMES baseball player to sign a professional contract in nearly seven seasons, dating back to Dustin Longchamps (’07) and Eric Gaines (’07). In 2007, Longchamps and Gaines signed with different teams in the New York State League.

BOWLING

Last Tuesday (10/22), the National Tenpins Coaches Association (NTCA) announced the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Women’s Bowling Media Poll and UMES ranked fifth, including one first-place vote. UMES scored 209 total points, trailing fourth-place Arkansas State University (225).

The 2013-14 squad brings five letter winners back from last season’s national championship team while adding a trio of highly decorated, seasoned newcomers. The Hawks, under new Bowling Head Coach Kayla Bandy, begin their title defense this weekend at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s (FDU) New Jersey Jamboree (Nov. 1-3).

MEN’S CROSS-COUNTRY

Last Wednesday (10/23), the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) announced the 2013 Men’s Cross-Country All-Academic Honorees and four Hawk runners were recognized. The four male student-athletes recognized were seniors Aaron Chatman (Waldorf, MD), Alonzo Jarmon (Bowie, MD), and Paul Jerry (Washington, DC) along with underclassman junior Javierelle Turner (Staten Island, NY).

On Saturday (10/26), the men’s cross-country team finished fifth in the MEAC Cross-Country Championship. Freshman Khalil Rmidi (Malaga, Spain) paced all Hawk runners by placing sixth in the men's race.

The men's team combined for 138 points in the 8k event, with Rmidi's 25:58.20 time leading the way. Other notable Hawks were freshman Derrick Cheruiyot (Nairobi, Kenya) with a 27:26.90 time; freshman Nassor Whitehead (Sunrise, Fla.) finishing 28:33.50; senior Codjo Gbedo (New Carrollton, Md.) placing a 28:34.00 time; and Jerry crossing the finish line at 28:58.20.

Florida A&M won the men's championships for the second year in a row. The Rattlers also boasted the top male finisher, junior Elias Chesire, who completed the race in 25:04.00, and the top four runners were all Florida A&M athletes as well.

On November 15th, the Hawks will conclude the 2013 cross country schedule with the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regionals in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

WOMEN’S CROSS-COUNTRY

On the same day as UMES Men’s Cross-Country (10/23), the MEAC announced the 2013 Women’s Cross-Country All-Academic Honorees and four Lady Hawk runners earned honors. The four female student-athletes honored were juniors Annis Mars (Brooklyn, NY) and Nancy Yao (Riverdale, MD) along with sophomores (Shantol Hemley (St. Catherine’s, Jamaica) and Jheniel Kelly (Edgewood, MD).

This past Saturday (10/26), the women’s cross-country team placed fifth in the MEAC Cross-Country Championship, led by freshman Rachel Halmon (Waldorf, MD).

Halmon finished 19:29.80, which was good for 17th in the field of 83 runners. Other solid performances came from Hemley with a 19:48.6 time and junior Margaret Wilmot-Francis (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), who crossed the finish line at 19:59.30. Overall, the women's team combined to score 163 points. Along with the men, Florida A&M women’s cross-country team won the MEAC Cross-Country Championship for the second year in a row; however, Morgan State senior Ashley Seymour won the women's race (18.10.00).

On November 15th, the Lady Hawks will conclude the 2013 cross country schedule with the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regionals in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

VOLLEYBALL

Sophomore Diara Lewis (Columbia, SC) earned PRMC UMES Athlete of the Week honors along with Chris Adams (Baseball) after her performances versus Norfolk State (10/18) and Delaware State (10/20). Lewis recorded 22 kills, 12 digs, and two assists as the volleyball team competed in back-to-back five set matches. This is Lewis’ first time receiving this honor.

Last Friday (10/25), the volleyball team concluded their six-match road trip in a loss to Howard University, 3-0. For the second straight match, Lewis led the Hawk attack with seven kills. Freshman Precious Manu (Carson, CA) added nine assists, which was a team-high, while Senior Jingqiao Li (Beijing, China) led the team in digs (15).

Other notable Hawk performances included Ashley Smith (Huntley, IL) posting five kills and a dig while Haley Robinson (Honolulu, HI) added three kills and an assist. Li and Sonia Rosales (Victorville, CA) each tallied six assists in the loss.

GENERAL

STUDENT-ATHLETE ADVISORY COMMITTEE

On Oct. 9th, UMES student-athletes volunteered at Pemberton Elementary School (Salisbury, MD) and participated in numerous activities with Pemberton Elementary students, including basketball, tag, hula hoop contest, and more. In total, nine UMES student-athletes from various sports, such as baseball, women’s basketball, and track & field, dedicated their time to the Pemberton Elementary students.

Sophomore TeAmber Burke (Washington, NC), a child development major and guard from women's basketball said, "It was a lot of fun to help the young kids. This gave us a chance to be active and teach the kids about the sports we love."

Last week (10/24), UMES Athletic Department received two spirit awards during the American Cancer Society Relay for Life year-end celebration. UMES was recognized for its accumulation of spirit points based on number of laps walked during Relay for Life and Best On-Site Team Spirit for excitement expressed at its campsite. UMES also celebrated surpassing its $1,500 goal by donating over $2,000 towards finding a cure.

"This is a celebration for all of your hard work throughout the year," said Jenny Palmer, Relay for Life co-chairwoman.

Relay for Life is an annual event that the entire athletics department is involved with, while its Student-Athlete Advisory Committee typically stays overnight at the event.

The UMES Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) takes part in planning and coordinating many of the community outreach events that student-athletes are involved with throughout the year.

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