Simon (above) set the school record in the weight throw for the third time

Jan. 13, 2014

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- While the track side of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) had their hands full with the U.S. Naval Academy team and other colleges at the Navy Invitational last Saturday, the field side brought home a few victories plus a new school record.

The track side did bring some strong finishes--senior Aaron Chatman (Waldorf, Md.) finished third in the men's 400 meter dash with a time of 48.80 seconds and the men's relay team of freshman Jared Kerr (Brampton, Ontario, Canada), junior Hakeem Harris (Wilmington, Del.), senior Kraig Webb (Elizabeth, N.J.)  and Chatman finished second in the 4x400 meter relay, just milliseconds behind Hampton's relay team. However, it was the field participants that racked up the most top finishes.

In addition to Kerr's finish in the relay, Jared had two first place finishes in the long jump and triple jump. In the long jump, Kerr registered a distance of 7.02 meters, his second top finish in the event this year. His distance in the triple jump topped at 14.65 meters, the best by any UMES track athlete this season. Freshman Naje Benton (Philadelphia, Pa.) finished third in the long jump as well at a distance of 6.66 meters, and junior Devin Wynn (Baltimore, Md.) took third in the triple jump with a distance of 13.62 meters.

Once again, sophomore Dillon Simon (Pottersville, Dominica) posted a strong finish in the meet. Though he finished second in the weight throw for the first time in three meets, Simon still beat his own school record, throwing for a distance of 17.92 meters. Dillon had previously set the record twice before this year with distances of 17.28 meters and 16.71 meters. He is now 1.4 meters ahead of the previous record holder, Marcus Simon, who threw for 16.52 meters in 2010.



In team scores, the Naval Academy won big with 290 points, but UMES took third with 66 total points, forty points ahead of fourth place Mount St. Mary's. The indoor track teams will travel to New York City to participate in the Great Dane Classic this coming Friday. 

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