HAWK TALK: A WEEKLY RECAP OF UMES ATHLETICS

May 16, 2013

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - Although the spring sports season is beginning to wind down, there was plenty of action for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore athletics program this past week. The annual athletic banquest was held and a plethora of Hawks were distinguished for their hard work. The women's outdoor track team placed second at the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference meet, while the golf team was eighth at PGM Minority Collegiate Golf Championship. The baseball team fell at UMBC and the men's outdoor track team tied for the 13th at the ECAC meet.

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

BASEBALL

The baseball team was involved in one contest last week as they lost at UMBC, 8-5, on Wednesday. The Hawks were scheduled for match with George Mason on Tuesday but inclement weather forced a cancellation.

UMES found itself down five runs after four innings, but the Hawks rallied with three runs in the next few innings to get within two. The rally was cut short as UMBC held on at the rain-soaked Baseball Factory Field on Wednesday.  The Hawks fall to 8-43 while the Retrievers improve to 13-27.

Senior Tre-Von Johnson (E. New Market, Md.) finished the day bringing in four runs and going 3-for-4.  Junior Stephen Bull (Millsboro, Del.) went 3-for-5 from the plate and scored twice.

Last week, the MEAC annouced that two UMES players, sophomore Joshua James (Milford, Del.) and senior Brandon Schott (Warren, Pa.), have earned a place on the All-MEAC Second Team.

For his efforts on the week, Johnson was selected as the MEAC Player of the Week.

The team is currently in the MEAC tournament in Norfolk , Va.

GOLF

It was a banner weekend for University of Maryland Eastern Shore junior golfer Michael Veverka (Brunswick, Md.) as he shot the best three rounds of his collegiate career to finish two-over-par and lead the golf team to an eighth-place finish at the PGM Minority Collegiate Golf Championship. The Hawks finished with 962 points, which was nearly 25 strokes better than the closest competitor.

Veverka used an even-par 72 in Sunday's final round to finish the tournament with a 218. His tally helped him secure a fifth-place overall finish amongst Division I scoring schools. He began the tournament with consecutive rounds of 73, before his fantastic round on the last day.

Junior Michael Ferguson (Vorhees, N.J.) was the second-best golfer of the tournament for UMES after he finished the event with 243 points. His score was aided by an even-par round of 72 in the second round. Freshman Jon Seward (Ft. Washington, Md.) followed Ferguson's score with a 249 as he shot two round of atleast ten-under-par to claim the Hawks' third spot.

Junior Paul Cecil (Severn, Md.) used an 88-82-87 to finish with 257 points, while junior Christopher Toney (La Plata, Md.) was the final Hawk performer with a 260.

For his efforts, Veverka was named the male recipient of the PRMC UMES Athlete of the Week. 

 

MEN'S OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD

The men's outdoor track and field team finished in a tie for 13th at the ECAC meet this past weeked.

The team was led by sophomore Dillon Simon (Pottersville, Roseau), who posted a second-place finish in the shot put with a throw of 17.47. Simon also tossed the discus 50.08m. Sophomore Denvil Ruan (Antigua, B.W.I.) took 12th place in the triple jump with a final distance of 14.57m.

Junior Javon Spencer (Montego Bay, Jamaica) marked the Hawks' best finish in the 100m dash with a time of 10.86 seconds. He would also finish seventh in the 200m dash with a time of 21.43 seconds.

Also, the UMES 4x100m relay team took second with its time of 40.43 seconds.

 

WOMEN'S OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD

The women's outdoor track and field team finished second at the ECAC meet this past weekend.

Senior Lenora Guion-Firmin (La Trinite, Martinique) and sophomore Gayon Evans (Clarendon, Jamaica) were the top two performers for the women's team. Guion-Firmin ran a 23.38 to finish first in the 200m, while she also claimed golf in the 400m with a time of 52.13.

Evans won the 100-meter dash in a time of 11.61 and she also finished in 23.57 for second place in the 200m.

Senior Emilie Ducados (Paris, France) and freshman Petra Kubesova (Prague, Czech Republic) ran well in 800m run, 3,000m and 3,000m steeplechase. Ducados finished 11th in the 800m, finishing in a time of 2:08.25. Kubesova finished fifth in 3,000m run with a 10:11.93, while taking ninth place in the steeplechase with her time of 10:32.96.

In field events, sophomore Geranda Williams (Waldorf, Md.) and junior Imani Cox (Plainfield, N.J.) finished sixth and seventh in their respective events. Williams, competing in the triple jump, had her best distance of 12.36m. Cox threw her shot put 14.57m, and finished with a 41.66m in the discus.

For her efforts, Guion-Firmin was named the female recipient of the PRMC UMES Athlete of the Week.

 

PECKS ... PECKS ... PECKS ...

General - UMES hosted the annual athletic banquest last week and top athletic honors went to senior Andre Walsh (St. Catherine, Jamaica) and senior T'nia Falbo (Greenburg, Pa.). UMES' Associate Director of Athletics for External Affairs, G. Stan Bradley was selected as the Hawk of the Year.

General - Four UMES teams were honored by the town of Princess Anne for their athletic success this past year in bowling, men's track and field, women's track and field and volleyball.

Men's Basketball - Frankie Allen announced the signing of three players for the 2013-14 season. Hakeem Baxter, a standout for Philadelphia Electrical and Technology Charter, will join the Hawks as a 6-foot-2 point guard. The other two are guard Devon Walker (Philadelphia, Pa.) and forward Shane Randall (Rise Academy).

Softball - The softball team had two players named to the 2012-13 All-Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference softball teams last week as freshman Vanessa Gomez (Belleville, N.J.) and senior Jasmine James (Willingboro, N.J.) were each honored to the second team.

Bowling - For the second straight year the bowling team has been nominated by the Historically Black College and University (HBCU) Awards.  The team is up for best Female Team, while head coach Kristina Frahm is up for best Female Coach of the Year.