Gayon Evans in action at an NCAA event.

June 12, 2014

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EUGENE, Oregon - In the final race of her outdoor track & field collegiate career, Gayon Evans (Clarendon, Jamaica) ran with the nation's best sprinters at the 2014 NCAA Championships. The senior star posted a time of 23.93, just under a second behind the first place finisher, Jenna Prandini or the host Ducks.

Evan finished 21st overall, missing the cut to the finals on Saturday by .66 of a second.

She bested fellow conference runner Tristie Johnson of Bethune-Cookman who posted a 24.12 to finish 22nd while LSU's Toshika Sylvester was 23rd and Kentucky's Dezerea Bryant followed. Hampton's Le'Quisha Parker took 20th overall with a time of 23.85.

Evan's time wasn't the best of her season as she posted six faster times this season, including a 23.08 in the MEAC Championships. While the surface and weather were very different, that time would have seeded her sixth in the NCAA field and qualified her for the finals.

Evans ran the top seven times in the event for UMES in the entire 13-14 campaign.

Yesterday she posted the best time of her career in the 100-meter dash to finish 19th in that event. Like the 100-meter dash, in order to advance to the final round, runners in the three heats would either need to finish in the top two positions of their heat, or have the two best times among all other competitors.

In tonight's race Evans ran in the first heat in lane No. 2, taking seventh place over Johnson. Johnson bested her by one place in the 100-meter dash the day before, so tonight's event saw Evans return the favor.

The race marks the completion of the season for UMES Athletics as Evans was the last remaining student-athlete still competing.



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