LADY HAWKS MOVE TO SECOND AFTER DMR & WEIGHT THROW GOLDS UMES takes gold in two events and moves just 10.5 points out of first.

Imani Cox (left) and Shawnata Young pose with their gold and bronze medals from the weight throw.
Imani Cox (left) and Shawnata Young pose with their gold and bronze medals from the weight throw.

Feb. 15, 2013






LANDOVER, Md. – The Lady Hawks’ Distance Medley Relay squad took gold today at the 2013 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Indoor Track & Field Championships and with it moved to second place overall in the standings with 42 points, trailing first-place Hampton by just 10.5 points.

The DMR team of Emilie Ducados, Annis Mars, Shantol Hemley and Petra Kubesova an impressive 11:59.31 to take gold, besting the silver place team of NCAT by almost three seconds. The 2013 UMES was shy of the meet record by18 seconds, set by another UMES squad in 2008 and stands at 11:41.16.

In contrast the men’s DMR team took eighth with a time of 10:39.37, garnering one point to their final standings, currently sitting in 10th overall with 10 points. The men also picked up points in the weight throw with Dillon Simon taking fourth with a throw of 15.98 meters and George Chandler taking seventh with a toss of 15.54 meters. They earned five and two points respectively.

On the women’s side of the weight throw Hawk senior Imani Cox took the gold with a toss of 17.39 meters and earned an important 10 points. Teammate Shawnata Young took the bronze with a throw of 15.86 meters and picked up six points.

Ducados also earned the bronze medal in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:12.66 and got six points. Mars took ninth in the finals and was just shy of picking up a point. Hemley was 14th in the field. The male counterpart running the 800-meter was Zavior Brown, who took 11th.

Tavian Ruffin also secured a top-ten finish in the high jump, taking ninth and a1.96 meter toss.

Olympian and All-American Lenora Guion-Firmin put herself in position to take home a medal and score points on Saturday as she posted a 56.09 in the women’s 400-meter dash qualifier. Her time was good for second overall in the qualifying round. Mars and Jennell Wade missed the finals taking 21st and 24th respectively in the same event.

On the men’s side of the 400-meter dash Aaron Chatman just missed the finals, taking ninth with a 49.95 second time, missing the finals by seven tenths of a second.

Also making an appearance in the finals tomorrow will be Gayon Evans who took second in the qualifying round of the women’s 60-meter dash. Officially she tied for first with a 7.50 qualifying mark, but was four thousandths of a second slower. In the men’s 60-meter Andre Walsh will run in the finals on Saturday. Walsh, an All-American, took eighth in the qualifying round with a 6.92 time, tying for seventh, but again, getting edged by three thousandths of a second. Ramone Waite, Marcus Wallace and Javon Spencer took 17th, 20th and 23rd respectively.

The competition concludes on Saturday beginning at 9:30 a.m. with the women’s shot put, men’s and women’s pole vault, and the men’s and women’s triple jump. Running events begin at 1 p.m. with the women’s mile run. Rounding out the afternoon’s events will be the men’s and women’s 4x400m relay race at 3:25 p.m.

A complete schedule of events and live statistics for the 2013 MEAC Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track and Field Championships can be found at

Admission for the Indoor Track and Field Championships is $5.00 on Saturday, February 16. Tickets are available at the Prince George’s Sports & Learning Complex.

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