Evans finished within a few hundredths of a second of the UMES record

June 11, 2014

EUGENE, Ore.-- The long season for University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) senior sprinter Gayon Evans (Clarendon, Jamaica) wrapped up the first day of its final phase at the NCAA Championships at the University of Oregon on Wednesday with the running of the 100 meter dash.

24 athletes from across the country competed in three separate heats. 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.

Running in the first position of Heat #2, Evans set a personal best time, running a race in 11.47 seconds. The race was a personal best for Gayon, finishing .02 seconds better than her time of 11.49 seconds in the NCAA quarterfinal in Jacksonville this past May. Additionally, the time was only .04 seconds slower than the official school record of 11.43 seconds set by Carol Galloway in 1989.

The time gave Evans a sixth place finish in her heat and the 19th best time overall, making her ineligible for the final race. Remona Burchell of the University of Alabama finished with the best time at 10.95 seconds. One other Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) runner competed in the race, as Bethune-Cookman's Tristie Johnson finished one spot ahead of Gayon with an 18th place, time of 11.45 seconds.

Evans will have one chance to continue her season with the 200 meter dash race. She will run in lane No. 2 of the first heat against runners from East Carolina, Bethune-Cookman, Texas A&M, and the Universities of Tennessee, Iowa, and Arizona. The race is set to begin at approximately 7:15 p.m. EDT and can be followed on for video streaming and for constantly updated results. 



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