RICO TAYLOR AND CYNTHIA ANAIS SET UMES RECORDS IN NAVY INVITATIONAL
March 26, 2012
Princess Anne, Md. --Two University of Maryland Eastern Shore Track & Field student-athletes set new school records competing in the Navy Invitational recently. Cynthia Anais finished with a time of 11:17.60 in the 3,000-meter Steeplechase taking second place and leading the women's team to a third place finish. Rico Taylor finished first and qualified for IC4A competition with his 2.13-meter leap in the high jump. The UMES men finished second in the Invitational.
Anais broke a record that was last set in 2009. Merrecia James held the previous record with a time of 11:40.59. Anais currently holds two individual outdoor track & field records and two relay records as a member of the 4x400 and 4x800-meter relay teams.
Taylor held the previous UMES All-Time record in the high jump which he set in May 2011. He set the new mark by three-hundredths (2.13) of a meter.
UMES had 11 women finish with top five performances. In field events, Vanessa Henry had a first place in the shot put. Her toss of 15.57 meters set an Ingram Field site record. She would finish fourth place in the discus with her toss of 38.78 meters.
Teammates Lexia Robinson and Imani Cox placed second and fifth, respectively. Robinson qualified for Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference competition with her mark of 13.69 meters. Cox tossed a 12.41-meter put, and rounded out the top five for UMES in the event. Cox finished sixth in the discus, two spots behind Henry, with a 35.76-meter throw. Robison took sixth in the javelin (31.55m) as the only UMES competitor in the event.
Lenora Guion-Firmin set an ECAC qualifying mark with her 12.07 second first place finish in the 100-meter dash Saturday. Guion-Firmin also helped the UMES 4x100-meter relay team to a first place finish with an ECAC qualifying time of 47.79 seconds.
She joined with Melina Gallas, Jennell Wade and Jasmin Benbow in the win. Benbow finished second in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.55, and took first place in the 200-meter dash with her 25.82 second time.
Geranda Williams placed fifth in the 100-meter hurdles with her time of 15.23, and had top 10 finishes in the long and triple jumps. She placed sixth in the triple jump, leaping to 10.25 meters. Williams finished eighth in the long jump with a distance of 4.96 meters.
The UMES men's 4x100-meter team placed first with a 42.63 second finish. All four of the runners-Ackeem Smith, Andre Walsh, Damian Miles and Marcus Wallace, finished in top five in other events. Three took first place events they ran.
Smith finished first in the 110-meter hurdles and qualified for the IC4A with his time of a 14.19. Wallace took the top spot in the 200-meter dash, while Miles finished fourth with a time of 22.75. Wallace finished first with his time of 22.09 with Nyls Nubret finishing a very close second place in the same time. Nubret took first in the 100-meter dash (10.91).
Walsh took first in the 400-meter hurdles and earned a spot in IC4A competition with his time of 52.39. Kraig Webb won the 400-meter run in 49.36, with teammate Hackeem Harris finishing fourth with a time of 49.86.
Zavior Brown and Melek Basil finished second in the 800-meter run and 3,000-meter steeplechase, respectively.
In the field events, Taylor took first in the high jump, while Owen Cain and Denvil Ruan placed first and second, respectively, in the long jump. Cain placed with a 6.95-meter leap, and Ruan finished with a best of 6.65 meters.
Teammate George Chandler finished fifth in his two events. He tossed a 9.66-meter shot put, while throwing a 27.27-meter discus for the Hawks.
UMES will continue competition March 31 when it competes in the Towson Invitational.
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