Senior Aaron Chatman (above) has two first place finishes this season

Jan. 9, 2014

PRINCESS ANNE, MD. — The road will be long for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) the rest of the season, but the team hopes to bring its winning ways to the Naval Academy in Annapolis for the Navy Invitational. The meet covers two separate days and is divided by gender. The Lady Hawk track team will travel on Thursday evening and the men will travel on Saturday.

The Lady Hawks have already traveled to Annapolis for the Navy Lid-Lifter on December 3rd.  In that meet, there were several Hawks who won their events, including junior Gayon Evans (Clarendon, Jamaica), who won the 200 meter dash and freshman Shauntel Lucious (Newark, N.J.) who took first in the high jump. Adding these results to the two home meets this year, the Lady Hawks have earned ten first place finishes so far this season. Other top finishers include freshman Evelyn Chappell (Bowie, Md.), who also won in the high jump, sophomore Shantol Hemley (St. Catherine’s, Jamaica) in the 500 meter dash, and freshman Rachel Halmon (Waldorf, Md.) in the 800 meter run, among others.

For the men’s team, this will be the first road test of the year. In their first two meets at home, they have followed the lead of the women’s team, earning plenty of first place finishes and top honors. Leading the charge for the Hawks in sophomore Dillon Simon (Pottersville, Dominica) who won the shot put and weight throw in both meets this year. Furthermore, he set the school record in the weight throw twice, which currently stands at 17.28 meters. The Hawks have other top field athletes as well, like two-time triple jump winner, junior Devin Wynn (Baltimore, Md.), and long jump winners, freshmen Jared Kerr (Brampton, Ontario, Canada) and Nicarge Arnold (Castries, St. Lucia). On the track side, the Hawks have two relay winners, and first place finishes in the 200 and 500 meter dashes by senior Aaron Chatman (Waldorf, Md.) and the mile run by Khalil Rmidi Kinini (Malaga, Spain).



The meet against Navy will be the first in a long road trip that finishes with the conclusion of the team season at the Boston Fast Track in March. Along the way, the team will make stops in New York City, Fairfax, Va., and Landover, Md. for the MEAC Championships in mid-February. 

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