Simon (above) qualified in two events for the IC4As

March 24, 2014

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Kicking off the outdoor track season, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) track team enjoyed a fine performance at the Navy Invitational in Annapolis this past Saturday. Overall, both teams earned third place finishes with the men scoring 91 total points and the women scoring 87 points.

The men’s team earned plenty of top five finishes in both track and field events. Senior Rico Taylor (Silver Spring, Md.) finished third in the 100 meter dash with a time of 11.28 seconds, and junior Hakeem Harris (Wilmington, Del.) finished fifth with a time of 11.38 seconds. Harris also excelled in the 200 meter dash, finishing fourth with a time of 22.41 seconds, and senior Kraig Webb finished fifth at 22.73 seconds. Senior Ramone Waite (Kingston, Jamaica) and Webb earned fourth and fifth places, respectively, in the 400 meter dash with times of 49.36 seconds and 49.44 seconds. Freshman Jared Kerr, a jumper during the indoor season, started the outdoor season in the 400 meter hurdles, earning a first place finish with a time of 53.74 seconds which earned him IC4A qualifications on the first meet of the year. In the 4x400 meter relay, the team of freshman Orwell Maylor (St. Catherine’s, Jamaica), Kerr, senior Javon Spencer (Montego, Bay, Jamaica), and Webb finished second with a time of 3:20.72.

As for the field events, junior Dillon Simon (Pottersville, Dominica) picked up the outdoor season right where the indoor season left off. Simon won the shot put with a distance of 17.96 meters, and finished second in the discus with a distance of 52.36 meters. Both those marks gave Dillon qualification for the IC4As. Other top performers include a first place finish for Taylor, who won the high jump with his mark of 2.04 meters, also earning IC4A qualifications. Junior Devin Wynn (Baltimore, Md.) finished third in the triple jump with his jump of 13.90 meters.



There were plenty of top finishes on the women’s side as well. Junior Gayon Evans (Clarendon, Jamaica) won the 400 meter dash with a time of 55.46 seconds, a time that earned qualification for ECACs. She was joined by sophomores Shantol Hemley (St. Catherine’s, Jamaica) and Taylor Folk (Baltimore, Md.) who finished third and fifth, respectively, with times of 57.63 and 59.19 seconds. Freshman Evelyn Chappell (Bowie, Md.) finished third in the 200 meter dash with a time of 26.02 seconds, and sophomore Jheniel Kelly (Edgewood, Md.) also earned a third place finish in the 800 meter run with her time of 2:18.57. In the 100 meter hurdles, freshman Shelasia Leitch (Newark, N.J.) finished second at 15.08 seconds.

The women also enjoyed a strong performance in the relays. The “A” team of freshman Rachel Halmon (Waldorf, Md.), Hemley, Kelly and junior Annis Mars (Brooklyn, N.Y.) finished first and earned an ECAC qualification with a time of 3:51.50. The “B” team of sophomore Jasmine Sampson (Coatesville, Pa.), Folk, junior Margaret Wilmot-Francis (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) and senior Latasha Moore (Silver Spring, Md.) finished second overall with a time of 4:00.57.

In the field events, Chappell took first place in the high jump with a 1.65 meter jump. Freshman Shauntel Lucious (Newark, N.J.) finished third in the long jump with her distance of 11.57 meters, and senior Shawnata Young (Temple Hills, Md.) took second in the shot put with a throw of 12.52 meters.

The teams will travel to two separate meets next week—the Raleigh Relays hosted by North Carolina State University on Friday and Saturday, and the UMBC Big Dawg Invite in Baltimore on Saturday. 

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