HAWK TALK: A WEEKLY RECAP OF UMES ATHLETICS
Codjo Gbedo (pictured) placed 40th in his final race for the Hawks at the MEAC Championships
Codjo Gbedo (pictured) placed 40th in his final race for the Hawks at the MEAC Championships

Oct. 31, 2012

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – The University of Maryland Eastern Shore athletics program saw three big individual accomplishments take place this past week. Freshman cross country runner Petra Kubesova (Prague, Czech Republic) placed first at the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Championships, while junior Maline Vaitai (Salt Lake City, Utah) notched her 1,000th career kill and sophomore Jessie Vicic (Cambridge, Ontario) became UMES’ all-time setter. Aside from the individual feats, the cross country teams fared well in the MEAC Championships and the volleyball team rocked Howard, 3-0.

Let’s take a look at the action from this past week:

VOLLEYBALL

The volleyball team only participated in one match this past week.

The Hawks pinned a 3-0 decision on Howard this past Friday night as the women collected their 30th consecutive victory at home. The team was led by Vaitai and sophomore Saitaua Iosia (Long Beach, Calif.), who had 15 and 14 kills, respectively. Vicic chipped in with 41 assists, while Iosia and junior Jingqiao Li (Beijing, China) each had 10 digs.

The decisive assist for Vicic came in the third set when she set up Vaitai for her 999th career kill. Vaitai buried her 1,000th kill a short time later as she became the third Hawk in program history to register the feat.  

The match against Howard also was Senior Day. The Hawks had two players play their last regular season game at the Hytche in Corey Haynes (Fairfax, Va.) and Ndidi Ibe (North Richland Hills, Texas).

CROSS COUNTRY

The cross country teams ran well at the MEAC Championships on Saturday. Kubesova led the way for the women’s team with a first-place finish (17:48.02) in the women’s race, while senior Zavior Brown (Middletown, N.Y.) guided the men to a fifth-place finish.

Following Kubesova in the race was sophomore Latitia Salley (Linden, N.J.), who placed 38th with a time of 20:58.44. Senior Jennell Wade (White Plains, N.Y.) was two spots behind Salley in 20:58.89 and senior Emilie Ducados (Paris, France) finished in 47th place in 21:23.46. The top-5 was rounded out by freshman Taylor Folk (Baltimore, Md.) in 56th.

The men were led by Brown, but saw another top-50 effort from one other Hawk. Senior Codjo Gbedo (New Carrollton, Md.) placed in 40th with a time of 29:12.93, while juniors Javierelle Turner (Staten Island, N.Y.), Kraig Webb (Elizabeth, N.J.) and Aaron Chatman (Waldorf, Md.) took places 58 through 60.

The team also had eight runners named to the All-Academic Honors Team. The eight recipients were Andre Walsh, Yonatan Estifanos, Alonzo Jarmon, Basil Melek, Javierelle Turner and Shaquille Turner, Emilie Ducados and Annis Mars

PECKS…

  • This week’s featured golfer in “60 Seconds on the Green” was junior Kijontray McClay

  • This week’s featured student-athlete in UMES’ newest column, A Walk with a Hawk…, was Women’s Basketball Assistant Coach Richard “Magic” Ashley

  • Brown and Kubesova were named the PRMC UMES Athletes of the Week this past week

  • The volleyball team moved its home-winning streak to 30 games this week

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