Vanessa Henry won the shot put and weight throw at the Navy Invitational

Jan. 16, 2012

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – It was a productive week for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore athletics program this past week as five Hawk teams posted impressive performances. The week saw the men’s and women’s basketball teams each post victories over Delaware State University, while the bowling and indoor track teams both had quality performances at their respective meets.

Let’s take a look at the action from this past week:


The men’s indoor track team posted a second-place finish at this weekend’s Navy Invitational in Annapolis, Md.

The squad saw first-place finishes from senior Jermol Dix in the heptathlon’s men’s shot put (12.68m) and 60m hurdles (8.47). Sophomore Owen Cain won the men’s triple jump (14.82m), while junior Ackeem Smith placed first in both the 60m preliminary hurdles (8.12) and 60m hurdle final (8.01).

Junior Andre Walsh stole the show for the men as he collected four-place finishes, while junior Zavior Brown won the 800m run (1:55.15) and the 4x400m relay team won their respective race (3:18.98).

Walsh’s efforts allowed him to being distinguished as the men's recipient of the PRMC UMES Athlete of the Week for the week of Jan. 16.


The women’s indoor track team placed third at this past weekend’s Navy Invitational in Annapolis, Md. The squad collected 122.5 points altogether and claimed three first-place finishes.

Senior Vanessa Henry was the top performer for the women, as she won both shot put (15.95m) and the weight throw (18.25m). UMES had one other first-place finish in junior Lenora Guion-Firmin, who won the 500m (1:12.11).

Sophomore Geranda Williams narrowly missed out on first-place, when she placed second in the 60m hurdles (8.90). Her time was just.06 seconds off the top time.


UMES posted a 63-60 overtime victory against MEAC rival, Delaware State, on Saturday night. The squad battled in its contest against the Hornets, who proved to be a valiant opponent that gave the Hawks a run until the final whistle.

Junior Pina Guillaume tallied the deciding jumper in the victory, as he tallied a free-throw in the final seconds to give UMES its first MEAC win of the year.

Sophomore Ronald Spencer led all scorers with 17 points and notched six rebounds, while junior Percy Woods had 13 points, four steals and four assists.


The women’s basketball team used their most efficient shooting performance of the season to collect a 69-56 victory at Delaware State University on Saturday.

UMES was guided by the phenomenal performance of senior guard Amber Cook (Greensboro, N.C.), who had a career-high 21 points with six rebounds, three steals and an 11-for-11 effort from the free-throw line.  Her performance helped enable to Hawks to post season-highs in several offensive categories, including points (69), field-goal percentage (43.2 percent), free-throws made (29) and free-throws attempted (35).

The squad now stands in fourth-place in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

Cook’s efforts allowed her to being distinguished as the women's recipient of the PRMC UMES Athlete of the Week for the week of Jan. 16. This is the third time this season that Cook has received the award.


The bowling team went 2-3 on the first day of the Mid-Winter Classic in Little Rock, Ark., this past Friday. Their effort landed them in 7th place overall.

The meet will be the final event coached by head coach Sharon Brummell, who recently stepped down to accept a new position at Georgetown University.

Aside from this information, no other news had become available at press time.

UPCOMING WEEK (Jan 16. - Jan. 22)

The indoor track teams will stay on the road for their next contest, when the Hawks travel to New York, N.Y., on Friday, Jan. 20, to compete in the Great Dane Classic. The meet is scheduled to last all day.

The bowling team will not be too far away from the indoor track team in their next contest. UMES begins play in the SFU New Year Knockdown in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Friday, Jan. 20, and will continue play into Saturday, Jan. 21.

The men’s and women’s basketball teams host Florida A&M University in a MEAC contest at the William P. Hytche Center on Saturday, Jan. 21. The women begin play at 2 p.m., while the men conclude the double-header at 4 p.m.

For complete recaps, results and news of Hawk athletics, please visit www.umeshawks.com



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