Geranda Williams in competition.

Jan. 14, 2013


PRINCESS ANNE, Md. --The University of Maryland Eastern Shore women's and men's indoor track and field team's notched second and third place finishes, respectively, in the Navy Invitational Saturday. The women finished with 121 points, four points behind Virginia Commonwealth, and beat meet host Navy and talented Delaware. The UMES men also finished behind VCU.

UMES women achieved five individual gold medal finishes, and one team first place finish. The men's Dillon Simon notched gold for his 16.38-meter toss in the shot put. Imani Cox won gold and silver in the weight throw and shot put, respectively. Her weight throw distance of 18.10 meters gave the Hawks an advantage, as did Lexia Robinson placing second with a distance of 17.88 meters.

Cox tossed a 13.59m in the shot put, while Robinson threw a 13.44-meter third place distance. Continuing their success in field events, Geranda Williams won gold with an 11.96-meter leap in the triple jump. Teammates Denvil Ruan and Devin Wynn marked top 10 finishes in the long and triple jumps, respectively. Ruan placed fourth in the long jump, while Wynn finished in the same position in the triple jump.

Gayon Evans was stellar for the Hawks in the 60, 200 and 400-meter dash events. Evans placed first in the 60 and 400 with times of 7.58 and 59.60 seconds, respectively. She finished second in the 200-meter with a time of 24.64 seconds. Melina Gallas finished for the Hawks in the 400m dash in third place with a 1:00.39.

Javon Spencer finished third in the 60m dash finals with a 7.08, while Aaron Chatman won bronze in the 400m dash with his time of 49.53 seconds.



Lenora Guion-Firmin won the 500m run in 1:13.61, with teammates Annis Mars and Emilie Ducados placing second and third, respectively, in times of 1:15.52 and 1:15.91. Kraig Webb ran to a fourth place finish in the same event with a time of 1:06.95.

Cross country champion, Petra Kubesova, placed fourth in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 17:18.99, setting a new school record in the event.

Saturday's meet marked one of the first times that UMES has defeated Navy in recent indoor track and field history. With a successful meet under its belt, both programs return to competition January 18 for the Great Dane Classic.

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