PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – Eight Hawks on the cross country team are being honored by the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference for their performance both on and off the field, after being selected for All-Academic Honors by the conference, UMES officials said Wednesday.
The eight runners come from three different classes, with four males and four females earning the honor.
From the men's team, seniors Aaron Chatman, of Waldorf, Md., Alonzo Jarmon, of Bowie, Md., and Paul Jerry, of Washington, D.C., were recognized along with junior Javierelle Turner, of Staten Island, N.Y. From the women's team, juniors Annis Mars, of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Nancy Yao, of Riverdale, Md., were honored along with sophomores Shantol Hemley, of St. Catherine's, Jamaica, and Jheniel Kelly, of Edgewood, Md.
All eight student-athletes were honored along with 81 cross country athletes from all 13 member institutions of the MEAC.
"I commend the men's and women's cross country student-athletes who maintained a 3.0 or better grade point average during the 2012-2013 academic school year," said [MEAC] Commissioner Dennis E. Thomas. "In addition to recognizing the student-athletes accomplishments, I also applaud the athletic academic support staff and personnel and coaching staffs who contributed to the academic triumphs of these student athletes. Our institutions, coaches and support staffs are committed to the academic success of our student-athletes."
All 13 cross country teams will be in Princess Anne this weekend for the MEAC Cross Country Championships on Saturday. The women's 5k race begins at 9:45 a.m., followed by the men's 8k at 10:30 a.m.