HAWK TALK: A WEEKLY RECAP OF UMES ATHLETICS (JUNE 23RD THROUGH 29TH)
Gayon Evans (pictured) ran for her native country of Jamaica
Gayon Evans (pictured) ran for her native country of Jamaica

June 30, 2014

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – This week’s Hawk Talk edition features bowling & men’s tennis news, women’s track & field star competes for her country, softball & volleyball sign new recruits, and more, including the Capital One Cup Standings and the Chillin 4 Charity Challenge.

We’re halfway through the year, unbelievable! Let’s get started:

BOWLING

Recently, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) women’s bowling Megan Buja (Rockford, Ill.) was nominated for the 2014 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Woman of the Year award. Buja was among the 205 nominees from NCAA Division I institutions.

Additionally, Buja and Mariana Alvarado (Leon, Mexico) earned Second-Team All-Academic National Tenpin Coaches Assocation (NTCA) selections. Tatiana Munoz (Ibague Tolima, Colombia), Justyne Falbo (Greensburg, Pa.), Juliana Franco (Pereira, Colombia), and Sara Pelayo (Distrito Federal, Mexico) were named NTCA honorable mentions.

Last Tuesday (06/24), the UMES bowling program hosted the inaugural WeeHawks Bowling Camp at Sharon D. Brummell Lanes inside the Student Services Center (SSC). More than a dozen students participated, led by UMES Women’s Bowling head coach Kayla Bandy.

"It was a lot of fun," said Bandy. "The kids really took to it. We bowled a lot, but mixed in a lot of other activities too so they wouldn't get burned out on bowling. It wound up being a well-balanced day and all the kids were a blast to be around."

On April 17th, the Hawks wrapped up their season by finishing in fifth-place at the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) ITC.

MEN’S TENNIS

Last week, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) men’s tennis team was honored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) for earning top scores in the classroom by receiving the NCAA Public Recognition Award.

UMES was among the 275 NCAA Division I institutions, including five Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) schools, to place at least one team on the top APR list.

For a complete list of recipients honored with the NCAA Public Recognition Award, visit www.NCAA.org.

WOMEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD

Recent graduate Gayon Evans (Clarendon, Jamaica) qualified for the 2014 Jamaica National Senior Trials. Similar to the NCAA Championships, Evans competed in the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes.

Evans wrapped up her collegiate career with a personal best in the 100-meter dash, posting an 11.47 time.

SOFTBALL

Last Friday (06/27), the softball team improved their roster for next season by adding three more National Letter of Intent (NLI) Signees: Princess Davis, Adrienne Guerra, and Ciara Samuel.

“These three ladies will make an immediate impact,” stated UMES Softball head coach Sam Douglas. “They will contribute in a variety of ways while providing much needed depth.”

The club wrapped the season 7-40 (4-12 MEAC) on the season.

VOLLEYBALL

Last Monday (06/23), UMES Women’s Volleyball head coach Toby Rens announced the signing of two new recruits for the upcoming volleyball season. Kirstin Fink and Alana Polk will sport the Maroon & Gray and look to help the program get back to their winning ways.

“I look forward to Kristin Fink and Alana Polk joining us this fall,” said Rens. “Both student-athletes bring a lot of potential, drive, and excitement to the team. I’m expecting them to make an immediate impact on the volleyball program.”

Last season, the volleyball team finished 3-21 overall (2-10 MEAC).

GENERAL

CAPITAL ONE CUP STANDINGS

For the third consecutive season, UMES women’s athletics program finished in the top 15-percent of all NCAA Division I programs in the nation. Maryland Eastern Shore ranked 52nd-out-of-351 eligible schools.

"To be among the top schools in the nation is something we are very proud of," said Director of Athletics Keith Davidson. "We are a small school but we take a lot of pride in our teams. It shows that we are capable of competing with the best in the country. We hope to build on the success of women's bowling and see it translate to some of our other sports."

CHILLIN 4 CHARITY CHALLENGE

Last week, the UMES athletic department took part in the Chillin 4 Charity Challenge. Among the participants included UMES’ Cross-Country/Track & Field head coach Ernest Barrett, Women’s Basketball head coach Fred Batchelor, Men’s Basketball head coach Bobby Collins, and Associate Director of Athletics for Compliance Neema Connor.

The challenge is in honor of former North Carolina State Women’s Basketball head coach Kay Yow, who lost her battle to cancer over five years ago.

To see the UMES Chillin 4 Charity Challenge video, please Click Here.

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