Eastern Shore impresses in indoor opener
Kyle Nottage scored a pair of top five finishes in his first meet as a college athlete
Dec. 3, 2017


NEW YORK, New York Maryland Eastern Shore showed promise in the 2017 indoor track season opener, setting several personal records along with individual wins during The College of New Jersey Open at The Armory in New York City on Saturday (Dec. 2). The meet was not affected by team scoring.

“Overall I’m pleased with today’s performances.” Head coach Damion Drummond said. “The goal for this weekend was to have fun while working hard and to evaluate the team’s effort. The PR’s today are great for the program as we develop balance for success in all events. Winning some of the sprints definitely help team morale.”

Most of the victories in the sprints came on the women’s side. Junior Jayla Lane (Indianapolis, Indiana) won her first collegiate event with a time of 8.01 seconds in the 60 dash. Freshman Jessica Roney (Windsor Mill, Maryland) went a step further, setting a PR of 9.13 seconds to win the 60 hurdles. A trio of teams finished top five in the sprint medley with the team of senior Luan Gabriel (Roseau, Dominica), Roney, and sophomores Kiki Fapohunda (Upper Marlboro, Maryland) and Neus Quinonero (Valencia, Spain) securing a time of 4:11.94 to claim a win.



Gabriel and Quinonero also enjoyed fine individual performances. The Dominican senior set a PR and was a top collegiate finisher in the 300 meters with a time of 40.18 seconds, and the Spanish sophomore ran a PR with a time of 2:59.68 for a runner-up spot in the 1000 meter run.

The men’s team was not without victors, however. Freshman Chisom Onukwugha (New Carrollton, Maryland) won his collegiate debut with a time of 8.26 seconds in the 60 hurdles, and senior Oussama Chouati (Manresa, Spain) piggybacked his strong cross country campaign with a winning time of 4:21.58 in the mile.

Onukwugha also assisted the men’s sprint medley team to a win at a time of 3:34.60, along with freshmen Ngoy Yamitshi (Germantown, Maryland) and Janoi Brown (Randallstown, Maryland), as well as senior Donovan Mundy (Jacksonville, Florida). Two other sprint teams claimed third and fourth place at the TCNJ Open.

Individually, Brown set a huge PR of 35.60 seconds in the 300 dash, finishing as the top collegian. Yamitshi and junior teammate Judah Corriette (Roseau, Dominica) set PR’s in the 600 meter run at 1:21.61 and 1:23.51, respectively. Mundy paced right behind Chouati in the mile with a time of 4:24.31.

Out in the field, freshman Kyle Nottage (Waldorf, Maryland) achieved a spectacular debut as a thrower, finishing third in the shot put with a mark of 12.89 meters, and fifth in the weight throw at 12.28 meters.

Other top five finishers for the Hawks included sophomore Sharon Jerop (Eldoret, Kenya) in the women’s mile, sophomore John Akakeya (Staten Island, New York) in the men’s mile, senior Stanley Meli (Eldoret, Kenya) in the men’s 5000 meters, and Brown in the men’s long jump.

Maryland Eastern Shore returns to Manhattan next Friday (Dec. 8) for the Seahawks Shootout, hosted by Wagner.

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