FOTHERGILL AND RODRIGUEZ NAMED UMES ATHLETES OF THE YEAR
Athletics Director Keith Davidson presents Harry The Hawk with his Lettermen's Jacket
Athletics Director Keith Davidson presents Harry The Hawk with his Lettermen's Jacket

May 4, 2010

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore Department of Athletics hosted its annual All-Sports Banquet and Awards Ceremony Monday evening that the Student Services Center Ballroom.

The year-end event highlighted the academic and athletic accomplishments of UMES student-athletes. Each team's most valuable player, rookie of the year, coach's award recipient and most improved player were recognized along with their respective seniors.

Student-athletes with grade-point averages of 3.0 and above were acknowledged and awarded gifts for their academic successes.

The Male Athlete of the Year award was presented for the second consecutive year to senior track and field standout Allodin Fothergill (New Hempstead, N.Y.). During the indoor season, Fothergill broke the 29-year-old school record in the 500 meters and was ranked fourth in the nation in the 400 meters. The sprinter also took home the gold medal at the IC4A Championships in the 400 meters.

In the outdoor season, Fothergill was a member of the school-record-breaking 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams. Additionally, he swept all of his events at the Penn Invitational, taking gold medals in the 200 meters, 400 meters and 4x400 relay.

Junior bowling standout Maria Rodriguez (Ibague Tolima, Colombia) was named the Female Athlete of the Year. Rodriguez was also named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Player of the Year for the second consecutive year and earned her third straight All-American honor.

Rodriguez finished the season with a 11,432 total pinfall in 56 games. She averaged a 204, including a game high 277 at the Fright Night Invitational, where she was named an All-Star. She was also a four-time All-Tournament team selection, recorded five top ten finishes and led her team to a 103-37 record.

The seventh annual Quantum Leap award was presented to Coach Frankie Allen and his men's basketball squad. The award is given to the team that has made the biggest improvement from one season to the next.

The men's basketball team was predicted to finish 11th in the MEAC to start the season and surprised the league with an 8-8 finish, which was good for 6th place. The team finished the year with an 11-21 overall record and made a drastic jump from the 2008-09 season where they won just seven games overall.

Strength and Conditioning Coach Art Johnstone was named the Hawk of the Year. This honor goes to a member of UMES Athletics who works tirelessly to improve the well-being of the student-athletes.

The baseball and women's bowling teams held on to their Team of Scholars award for the second consecutive year. The award is given to the men's and women's teams which boast the highest grade-point averages of the season.

The individuals with the highest grade-points averages were also honored with awards going to junior Jessica Abrantes (Scotch Plains, N.J.) of the cross country and track and field teams and sophomore Karim Gonzalez (Mexico City, Mexico) of the men's baseball team.

The last major award of the evening was the Josten's Award for Sportsmanship, which is presented to the male and female student-athletes who personify an "unsung hero" and participate in community service initiatives. Men's basketball redshirt sophomore Hillary Haley (Oxon Hill, Md.) and women's basketball senior Talareah Frazier (Gaithersburg, Md.) were honored with this award.