Hield, Quinonero highlight weekend for Hawks Track
Neus Quinonero has impressed in her freshman year, which now includes qualifying as an individual to the ECAC Championships this May
April 23, 2017

PRINCESS ANNE, Maryland — Senior Jennaya Hield (Freeport, Bahamas) and freshman Neus Quinonero (Valencia, Spain) headlined the Hawks weekend in track & field, which was split between the Morgan Legacy and the Virginia Challenge. Overall, the women’s team finished ninth while the men placed 15th at Morgan and the Virginia Challenge was not affected by team scoring.

Hield and Quinonero earned a trip to the 2017 ECAC Championships next month for their efforts in the 800 meter run. Both competed in Virginia, with Hield finishing 29th with a time of 2:11.16 and Quinonero coming in 33rd with a time of 2:11.47. This marks the 17th and 18th qualification to the IC4A/ECAC Championships by the Hawks this year.

The Shore also earned a 19th qualification to the ECAC Championships in the 4x400 relay with the team of junior Luan Gabriel (Roseau, Dominica), sophomore Lenneisha Gilbert (Miami, Florida), Hield, and junior Dypna Umunakwe (Bronx, New York) running a time of 3:47.73—the second best time for the Hawks this season.



Senior Mark Blackmon (Charlotte, North Carolina) earned the Hawks’ one trip to the 2017 MEAC Championships over the weekend. He ran a time of 15:36.02 at Virginia to punch his ticket to Greensboro, marking the 47th qualification to that event. In that same race, senior Khalil Rmidi Kinini (Malaga, Spain) ran a Hawks season high of 14:10.37 at Virginia.

Two more Hawks registered team season highs in their events as well. Umunakwe ran the 200 meter dash in 24.69 seconds and freshman Sharon Jerop (Eldoret, Kenya) ran the women’s 5k in 18:59.97.

In addition to all the fast times, six athletes set personal records and freshman Noah Agwu (Wilmington, Delaware) earned a win in the discus at Morgan. The PR’s were set by senior Kevin Stanford (Salisbury, Maryland) in the 400 meter, freshman Tamunoibi Dabipi (Salisbury, Maryland) in the men’s hammer throw, freshman Tenae Pitts (Abington, Pennsylvania) in the 200 meter dash, Quinonero in the 1500 meter run, and junior Regyn Davis-Young (Lanham, Maryland) and freshman Marie Hassan (Hyattsville, Maryland) in the women’s hammer throw. All of these PR’s except for Quinonero’s were set at the Morgan Legacy meet.

The Hawks close out the outdoor regular season with the Virginia Grand Prix in Charlottesville next weekend.

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