Guion-Firmin took gold in the 60 & 200-meter dashes.

January 27, 2013

NEW YORK, N.Y. - In the women's 60-meter dash Olympian Lenora Guion Firmin got the Hawk on the board in a big way, taking gold in the event with a 7.60 time. Teammates Whitney Jackson and Jazmine Holland missed the final heat, taking 14th and 30th respectively.

Guion-Firmin repeated gold in the 200-meter dash with a 23.90 time while Jennell Wade took silver with a 25.70. Jackson again missed the cut but improved to ninth in the 200 with a 26.19. Latasha Moore was 22nd.

UMES filled the results in the 400-meters with Gayon Evans taking first (56.22), Melina Gallas fifth (58.11), Wade was seventh (58.34), and Moore was 13th (1:01.31).

In the 800-meter run Emilie Ducados took fourth with a time of 2:14 while Annis Mars was seventh (2:17.83) and Latitia Salley was 10th (2:19.98). Two-hundred meters more saw Shantol Hemley take third in the 1000 meter run with a time of 2:59.53. Jheniel Kelly was 14th.

In the mile run Petra Kubesova was sixth with a time of 4:58.01.

The 4 x 400-meter relay saw the Lady Hawks take first and third with the "a" team winning the gold and featuring Ducados, Mars, Evans and Guion-Firmin. The "b" team took the silver with Gallas, Hemley, Salley and Wade bettering almost every school's "a" team.

In the field events Geranda Williams looked in MEAC Championship form, taking gold in the long jump with a leap of 5.55 meters. Romeika Jackson was 13th in the event. Williams leaped into second place in the triple jump, three-hopping her way to silver with the 11.93 meter distance. Nancy Yao was eighth in the latter event.



Lexia Robinson took bronze in the shot put with a third place heave of 14.54 meters. Shawnata Young was eighth and Imani Cox was ninth, throwing below her season average. Robinson took another third in the weight throw with a toss of 17.62 meters. Cox was fifth and Young was 11th in the same event.

The team combined for 106 points, falling to Maryland in second with 124 points and Princeton in first with 188.5.

On the men's side Ramone Waite and Marcus Wallace were first and second in the 60-meter dash with times of 6.97 and 7.02 respectively. Javon Spencer was fourth with a 7.07. Wallace, Waite, Nyls Nubret and Spencer went one through four in the preliminary round but Nubret false started in the finals and the quartet missed sweeping the top four spots. Dwayne Powell was 18th in the qualifying round.

In the 200 meter dash UMES went one through three to take gold, silver and bronze with Wallace, Hackeem Harris and Spencer posting times of 22.01, 22.30 and 22.40. Nubret was 7th and Brandon Chatman was 13th.

Aaron Chatman, Zavior Brown, Andre Walsh and Kraig Webb were not to be outdone. That quartet went one through four respectively in the 400-meter dash, posting times of 48.91, 48.93, 49.03 and 49.75 respectively. Harris took seventh and Alonzo Jarmin 13th in the event.

The members of the men's 4 x 400-meter relay teams were just as impressive running together. Webb, Walsh, Aaron Chatman and Brown ran as the "a" team and took gold, posting a 3:17.45 time. The Hawk "b" team of Wallace, Spencer, Harris and Nubret took fourth, posting a 3:38.39. A third UMES squad, "c" took fifth as Shaquille Turner, Codjo Gbedo, Jarmon and Brandon Chatman posted a time of 3:29.16.

On the field side Tavian Ruffin took third in the high jump with a 1.85 meter leap and took eighth in the long jump. In the triple jump Denvil Ruam grabbed gold with a 14.07 leap while Devin Wynn was second with a 13.47 meter leap.

Dillon Simon shined in the field as well, posting gold in the shot put with a 17.40 meter throw. He took seventh on the weight throw and teammate George Chandler took 11th.

UMES closed with 130 points to take third place overall. They trailed second place Army by just nine points with 139 and Penn, who won the meet with 164 points.

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