Nassor Whitehead (pictured) finished 20th for the men in 29:07.52

Sept. 21, 2013

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore cross country teams hosted their second home meet of the season on Saturday afternoon and the Hawks picked up two fourth-place team finishes. The women saw three runners place in the top-20 of the 5k, while the men's team had all five scoring runners place in the top-25 of the 8k.

Freshman Khalil Rmidi (Malaga, Spain) ran well at the event and took home the top UMES time with a sixth-place finish in 27:39.13. Freshman Derrick Cheruiyot (Nairobi, Kenya) was the next Hawk finisher in 15th (28:36.75), while freshman Nassor Whitehead (Sunrise, Fla.) made it three Hawks in the top-20 with a 29:07.52 finish.

The top-5 for the Hawks was rounded out by senior Paul Jerry (Washington, D.C.) in 23rd place with a time of 29:46.73 and senior Codjo Gbedo (New Carrolton, Md.), who was 24th in 30:16.95. The men's team finished with 88 points altogether, nearly 50 points better than the closest team.

Freshman Rachel Halmon (Waldorf, Md.) paced the women with a seventh-place time of 20:17.00. She was followed by sophomore Shantol Hemley (St. Catherine, Jamaica) and junior Margaret Wilmot-Francis (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), who took 15th and 17th, respectively. Hemley concluded the race in 21:27.30, while Wilmot-Francis finished in 21:32.70.

Sophomore Jheniel Kelly (Edgewood, Md.) was 23rd in 21:57.10 as the fourth-finisher for the Lady Hawks. The last scoring runner for UMES was junior Annis Mars (Brooklyn, N.Y.), who was 45th with a time of 26:42.30. The women's team posted 97 total points and bested two other Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference schools at the event.

The race saw identical finishes for all schools in the top-5. Norfolk State swept the event with both of its teams claiming first-place and Seton Hall took home a pair of second-place finishes. Howard was third in both, while UMES secured two fourth-place finishes. Delaware State placed fifth in both and Coppin State was the sixth team in the women's race.

Norfolk State's Faith Summey won the women's race with a time of 19:00.90 and NSU's Damtew Adnew was the top men's harrier in 26:18.14.

The Hawks will take two weeks off before their next race, when they compete at the Farm Run hosted by the Delaware State on Oct. 5.

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