Andre Walsh

Jan. 26, 2012

Princess Anne, Md.--The University of Maryland Eastern Shore Indoor Track & Field teams were recently ranked in the top three of the United States Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association for the week of January 23. The UMES women's team was ranked No. 2 by the association, while the men were No. 3.

The rankings are the highest for either UMES Track & Field team. Four meets into the season, several players have broken and set new UMES records. Other players have recorded season bests and set new meet records.

Vanessa Henry is currently ranked No. 7 in the nation in the shot put. With a distance of 16.50-meters Henry set a new meet and UMES record, as well as a personal best throw. Henry also set a meet, UMES and personal best toss in the weight throw with her distance of 19.73m.

In three consecutive meets she has improved with hard-work and the help of assistant coach Curtley Bynoe.

"Coach Bynoe has done an amazing job with our throwers," said head coach Ernest Barrett. Lexia Robinson and Imani Cox tossed personal best distances in the shot.

Every aspect of the Hawks is showing success. In sprint events, the women's 4x400m relay team set a Great Dane Classic meet record of 3:45.67.

The relay team of Kenesha Abrams, Lenora Firmin-Guion, Cynthia Anais and Emilie Ducados were behind the record-breaking performance. All four also set season best records in individual sprints as well.

Firmin-Guion set an Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference qualifying time (7.61) in the 60m dash and season best time of 24.30 in the 200m.



The men's team has been led by Andre Walsh. Walsh is ranked second in the country in the 200m having run a 20.95 in the UMES Coach O Collegiate Invitational. Recently he placed first in the 60m and set a meet record time of 6.82.

Kraig Webb and Zavior Brown recently set personal bests in the 400 and 800m, respectively. Brown, Walsh and Webb joined with Donohue Williams to run a season best time of 3:13.90 in the 4x400m relay.

In the jumps, Owen Cain and Denvil Ruan recently placed second and third, respectively, in the triple jump. Cain placed with a jump of 15.03 while Ruan finished with a 14.51.

Full rankings can be found at

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