Simon (above) set two conference records at the MEAC Championships

May 4, 2014

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Junior thrower Dillon Simon (Pottersville, Dominica) continued his stellar season at the MEAC Championships this past weekend. In his speciality of the shot put and discus, Simon won both events and earned twenty points (ten for each event) for the Hawks. For these efforts, the MEAC recognized him as the men's Outstanding Field Athlete for the Championship. His showing was just one of a list of strong performances by the Hawks and Lady Hawks during the meet.

Not only did Simon win both events he participated in, he also set new conference records in both events. His toss in the discus measured out at 55.85 meters, topping the previous record set by Emmanuel Steward in 2011 by well over four meters. In the shot put, he beat fellow Hawk Kimani Korton's seven year record with an 18.64 meter throw. The mark also qualifies as the longest distance for Dillon in the shot put.

Day three of the MEAC Championships also saw the Hawks competing in the triple jump, relays, distance races, and dash finals for Hawks who qualified. In the relays, all three Hawk foursomes finished fourth or better. The team of seniors Rico Taylor (Silver Spring, Md.), Javon Spencer (Montego Bay, Jamaica), Aaron Chatmon (Waldorf, Md.) and Ramone Waite (Kingston, Jamaica) took home in the 4x100 relay with a time of 40.83 seconds, earning six points for the Hawks. The 4x400 team did even better, as the team of Spencer, Waite, freshman Orwell Maylor (St. Catherine's, Jamaica), and Chatmon earned ten points by winning the race with a time of 3:08.18 



In the women's 4x400 meter relay, the team of freshman Rachel Halmon (Waldorf, Md.), sophomore Shantol Hemley (St. Catherine's, Jamaica), senior Gayon Evans (Clarendon, Jamaica), and junior Annis Mars (Brooklyn, N.Y.) brought home fourth place with a time of 3:44.80, earning five points for the Lady Hawks.

Freshman Khalil Rmidi Kinnini (Malaga, Spain) scored points for the Hawks in two distance races. He took fourth in the 3000 meter steeplechase with a time of 9:41.43, earning five points. Kinnini then gave the Hawks six more points with his third place time of 3:59.85 in the 1500 meter run.

Seven Hawks and Lady Hawks qualified to run in the finals of several different events on Saturday, and many earned top five finishes. Evans ran in both the 100 and 200 meter dash finals, and was not disappointing, finishing third in the 100 meter with a time of 11.54 seconds and first in the 200 meter with a time of 23.08 seconds. The two performances earned the Lady Hawks sixteen points.

Three Lady Hawks ran in the 800 meter run, with Hemley leading the way with her fifth place time of 2:12.80. Mars brought home sixth place with a time of 2:12.83, while sophomore Jheniel Kelly (Edgewood, Md.) finished eighth at a time of 2:16.99. Combined, the three performances earned eight points toward the Lady Hawks total.

The 400 meter hurdles saw two Hawks compete in the finals. Maylor finished fourth in the event with a time of 52.12 seconds, while freshman Michael Johnson (Ramstein AFB, Germany) placed eighth with his time of 57.51 seconds. Dually, the pair added six points to the Hawks' score. Finally, Chatmon qualified for the 400 meters final where he ran a season best 46.90 seconds, ultimately finishing third with six points for the Hawks.

As a result of these performances, the men finished the meet in fourth place with 79 total points. The women held their day two position of ninth place, finishing with 37 points. Bethune Cookman won the men's championship for the first time ever with 132 points while Hampton won the women's championship with 154.5 points for their third straight title. Hawks who qualified for the IC4A/ECAC Championships will compete in two weeks starting on May 15th in Princeton, New Jersey. 

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