May 1, 2012

Princess Anne, Md. -- The University of Maryland Eastern Shore finished with nine top 10 finishes as it competed in the Penn Relays April 26-28. The UMES men's 4x100-meter relay team won the IC4A Championships in a time of 40.96 seconds. The women's team placed third in the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Association 4x400-meter relay, and set a new school record in the sprint medley.

Emilie Ducados, Lenora Guion-Firmin, Annis Mars and Cynthia Anais ran a 3:41.32 4x400-meter relay to beat out Albany and Penn. State, and missed second place Duke University by .14-hundredths of a second.

Anais and Guion-Firmin teamed with Jasmine Benbow and Melina Gallas to set the UMES record in the sprint medley with a time of 3:53.54, and finish third place in the medley. Ducados, Anais, Latitia Salley and Eunice Jones notched an eighth place finish in the 4x800-meter relay in a time of 8:58.30.

Geranda Williams finished sixth in the triple jump with her best distance of 11.95 meters. Lexia Robinson finished 10th in the shot put with a toss of 13.78 meters, while teammate Vanessa Henry finished third in the shot put championship. Henry recorded a 15.95 meter toss for the Hawks.

The women's track and field team is ranked eighth in the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association following the Penn Relays.

The UMES men's team cracked the top five in USTFCCCA rankings following its IC4A Championship win Saturday. UMES is currently fourth in the USTFCCCA Mid-Atlantic Region after Nyls Nubret, Andre Walsh, Damian Miles and Marcus Wallace ran a 40.96 first-place time in the 4x100-meter relay.



Owen Cain and Rico Taylor recorded top 10 finishes in the triple and high jumps, respectively. Cain took gold with a 15.08-meter jump, while Taylor finished eighth with a 2.00-meter finish.

UMES will travel to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Championships in Greensboro, North Carolina May 3-5.

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