Rico Taylor

May 7, 2012

Princess Anne, Md. -- After completion of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore had 17 student-athletes named across the MEAC's first, second and third teams. Five student-athletes, two women and three men, were named to the conference's first team.

Cynthia Anais, Vanessa Henry, Rico Taylor, Damian Miles and Marcus Wallace were All-MEAC First Team honorees. Dillon Simonis the only UMES freshmen named to any of the three teams. He was announced to the second team for his performance this season in the shot put.

Henry was also named for her performances in shot put. She broke or set several UMES records throughout the season, and placed first in many of the shot put events in which she participated. In the MEAC Championship, Henry not only placed first in the event, but also broke a three-year old record in the shot put with her toss of 15.92 meters.

Anais earned recognition for her performance in the 800 and 1,500-meter runs, setting both school and conference records in the event. Anais broke the 800-meter run by almost three minutes and won gold for the Hawks. She ran a time of 2:05.97, breaking the record that was set in 1992. Anais also holds the record in the 1,500-meter run which she set in 2011. She placed first this year in a time of 4:36.49.

Taylor earned his place on the first team for his contribution in the 4x100-meter relay, and second team honors in the high jump. Taylor took second in the MEAC high jump, tying with a leap of 2.14 meters.

Miles and Wallace also made the first team for their performances as members of the 4x100-meter relay team. Miles Wallace, Nyls Nubret and Andre Walshwon the IC4A Championships in the Hawks previous meet at the Penn Relays.

Walsh, Jermol Dix and Ackeem Smithwere named to the MEAC Second Team. Smith and Walsh were named for their performances in the 400-meter hurdles, while Dix received his placement for his talents in the decathlon.

Lexia Robinson and Lenora Guion-Firminwere also named to the MEAC Second Team in the discus throw, and 200 and 400-meter dashes, respectively. Robinson was also a third team honoree for her performances in the shot put.

Guion-Firmin has placed first multiple times in the two events, and broken UMES records as well. She was also named to the All-MEAC Third Team for her work with the 4x400-meter relay.

Emilie Ducados, Melina Gallas and Eunice Jones also joined Guion-Firmin on the conference's third team in the 4x400-meter relay. The four runners ran a 3:40.48 in the Penn Relays, and Guion-Firmin, Ducados and Jones placed third in the ECAC Championships with the addition of Annis Mars.

Zavior Brown and Geranda Williams also earned recognition by the conference, being named to the MEAC Third Team for their talents in the 800-meter run and triple jump, respectively. Brown finished third in the event at MEAC's with a time of 1:50.07, while Williams tied second with a 12.15-meter jump in the triple jump.

UMES will continue its season when it competes in the IC4A/ECAC Championships May 11-13.



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