Vanessa Henry

Jan. 22, 2012


PRINCESS ANNE, Md. --The University of Maryland Eastern Shore Indoor Track and Field team finished second out of 50 combined teams in the Great Dane Classic hosted by the University of Albany. The Hawks 4x400-meter relay team, Vanessa Henry and Andre Walsh all set meet records.

Kenesha Abrams, Lenora Firmin-Guion, Cynthia Anais and Emilie Ducados posted a time of 3:45.67 in the 4x400m. The team set the record after having stood for a year at The Armory Track & Field Center which was previously held by Delaware.

Firmin-Guion had an impressive day for the Hawks as she set season best times in the 60m and 200m dash. She ran an Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference qualifying time of 7.61-seconds in the 60m. Firmin-Guion then ran a 24.30s 200m which placed her second in the event.

Teammates Melina Gallas and Jennell Wade also competed in the 200m, finishing in times of 25.43s and 25.48, respectively. Abrams had a season best performance with her time of 57.77s in the 400m dash.

Anais would take first place in the 800m (2:08.62), while Ducados and Eunice Jones finished in times of 2:13.64 of 2:15.84. Ducados took fourth place while Jones finished sixth. All three times were season best performances for the Hawks.

Henry has continued her dominance in the throws this season. She set school, meet and personal best distances in both the shot put and weight throw. Her 16.50m toss in the shot put places her fifth in the country, and her 19.73m weight throw is a personal best. Henry's weight throw distance ranks her ninth in the country, and both performances could place her in the indoor national championships in Boise, Idaho.



Henry and Lexia Robinson placed first and second the shot, and first and third in the weight throw. Robinson had distances of 13.78m in the shot put and 17.44m in the weight throw, which both were personal best.

The men's team also performed well being led by Walsh with his meet record breaking time of 6.82s in the 60m dash. Ackeem Smith finished in the top five, and posted a season best time of 6.91s. Smith also set a season best in the 60m hurdles with a second place time of 7.95.

Rico Taylor finished with a personal best time of 7.00s in the 60m. Walsh would capture another win for the Hawks in the 200m with his first place time of 21.17s.

Zavior Brown also took first for UMES in the 800m with a 1:50.63, a personal best. Brown, Walsh, Webb, joined with Donohue Williams to record a season best time of 3:13.90 in the 4x400 relay.

Owen Cain and Denvil Ruan took second and third in the triple jump with personal best distances of 15.03m and 14.51m, respectively.

The Hawks will return to capture more records when it travels to the Millrose Games (Jan. 28.).

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