Hemley (above) looks to add to her three victories this season

Jan. 31, 2014

PRINCESS ANNE, MD. — As the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) gets ready to embark on the final month of their indoor track season, they will make the first of two February trips to New York City this Saturday as they will participate in the Columbia Invitational. Both the men and women will travel together for the first time in two weeks.

So far this season, the Hawks indoor track teams have combined for 31 first place finishes and three record breaking performances. Junior Dillon Simon (Pottersville, Dominica) has led the way with six top finishes and two records. Last Saturday at the Navy Invitational, Simon reset the school record in the weight throw with a distance of 19.61 meters and set the Wesley Brown Field House record in the shot put with a distance of 18.64 meters. The performance earned Dillon the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) men’s field athlete of the week this past Thursday.

Other top performances for the Hawks include freshman Jared Kerr (Brampton, Ontario, Canada), who has four wins and a team high distance in the triple jump, at 14.65 meters, and junior Gayon Evans (Clarendon, Jamaica), with three wins and a school record in the 60 meter dash with a time of 7.34 seconds. Freshman Rachel Halmon (Waldorf, Md.) and sophomore Shantol Hemley (St. Catherine’s, Jamaica) each have notched personal victories in the mile run and the 500 meter dash, respectively, to go along with two relay wins a piece. On the men’s side, senior Aaron Chatman (Waldorf, Md.) has earned two victories in dashes and one relay race.



Four of those 31 victories came in meets that took place last weekend. In addition to Simon’s record breaking performances that captured first place, both the men’s and women’s 4x400 relay teams earned victories as well. The men’s team of Chatman, Javon Spencer (Montego Bay, Jamaica), Ramone Waite (Kingston, Jamaica) and Hakeem Harris (Wilmington, Del.) won their race with a time of 3:23.40, while the women’s team of Halmon, Hemley, Evans, and Taylor Folk (Baltimore, Md.) won with a time of 3:56.46.

The Columbia Invitational is a one-day event that runs from 5pm-9pm on Saturday night, and will feature both track and field events. 35 players along with the coaching staff are preparing to make the trip. The team will return to New York City next weekend for the two-day Collegiate New Balance Meet. 

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