Evans proved to be the shining star for the Hawks at the IC4A/ECAC Championships

March 10, 2014

BOSTON, Mass. -- Postseason play gives athletes from a variety of schools a chance to show off their skills in anticipation of the upcoming NCAA Indoor Finals beginning next weekend. It's a most opportune time to put on an excellent performance, and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore's (UMES) track team did not disappoint. In all between the men and women, they shared four victories and two record breaking performances at the IC4A/ECAC Championships in Boston this past weekend.

On the men's side, senior Ramone Waite (Kingston, Jamaica) won the 60 meter finals with a time of 6.85 seconds, after qualifying for the race in the preliminary and semifinal events. Waite also qualified for the 200 meters finals and earned a fourth place finish with a time of 21.44 seconds. Both times will register as the two best times for any UMES athlete in either race this year. Senior Aaron Chatman (Waldorf, Md.) also qualified for the 400 meter finals and earned a sixth place finish with a time of 47.80 seconds. Not only did that also register as the best time in the 400 meter this year, but Chatman possess the top seven finishes in this race for the season. Freshman Khalil Rmidi Kinnini (Malaga, Spain) managed a 44th place finish in the 3000 meter race, but his time of 8:29.50 is his second best this year, just shy of the 8:25.91 time last week at the Boston Last Chance Meet that set a school record.

In the field, the men were equally impressive. Freshman Jared Kerr (Brampton, Ontario, Canada) has earned his stripes in the long jump all season long, and his performance this weekend added to that further, as he placed first with a distance of 7.24 meters. The win is Jared's sixth in the long jump alone. Junior Dillon Simon (Pottersville, Dominica), already the school record holder in the shot put and weight throw, added another first place mark with an 18.25 meter shot put throw. Like Jared, the first place finish is Dillon's sixth in the shot put alone, and ninth overall. Senior George Chandler (Birdsnest, Va.) also had a good showing in the weight throw. Although placing 21st, his mark of 17.06 meters was his personal best this season.



But perhaps the most successful Hawk was junior Gayon Evans (Clarendon, Jamaica). After earning qualification in both the 60 and 200 meter dash, she followed that up with two strong performances in the final. In the 60 meter dash, Evans finished second with a time of 7.40 seconds, her second-best time in this event during the indoor season. It was the 200 meter, however, where Evans left her imprint. She won the event with a time of 23.36 seconds, breaking a six-year standing school record and the ECAC record in the 200 meters.

The Lady Hawks also earned another school record breaking performance, as the 4x800 relay team of freshman Rachel Halmon (Waldorf, Md.), sophomore Shantol Hemley (St. Catherine's, Jamaica), sophomore Jheniel Kelly (Edgewood, Md.) and junior Annis Mars (Brooklyn, N.Y.) set a new record in the 4x800 relay in the preliminaries with a time of 8:52.85. That earned them qualifications in the finals, where they finished fifth with a time of 8:57.67.

In terms of team scoring, UMES finished eighth among men with 38 points, while the women finished 11th with 22 points. Cornell won the men's team scoring with 76, while defending women champ UConn kept the title with 75 points. The team will now look to continue their success at the NCAA Championships in Albuquerque, N.M. next weekend.

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