LANDOVER, Md.- The excellent season for Hawk junior Dillon Simon (Pottersville, Dominica) continued Saturday at the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Championships, when the conference named him the top field performer in the meet. His efforts top the list of several great performances by the University of Maryland Eastern Shore indoor track team during the two-day event.
Simon earned the honor by setting his fourth record of the season, beating the MEAC championship record in the shot put with his toss of 18.35 meters. His mark with .34 meters longer than Morgan State field athlete Tyron Benjamins previous record of 18.01 meters set in 2011. Dillon also finished second in the weight throw competition with a distance of 19.30 meters, which beat the previous MEAC record; however that record will be given to the first place finisher from Morgan State.
The MEAC record can be added to Simons three other recordsa school record in the weight throw, and a school and Navy field house record for the shot put. After earning a win in the preliminary round of the championships, junior Gayon Evans (Clarendon, Jamaica) followed up with a victory in the 60 meter dash finals. Her time improved to 7.41 seconds and the first place finish earned the womens team ten points in the competition. Evans also matched her fourth place 200 meter dash preliminary with a fourth place finals finish with a time of 24.57 seconds. While Evans and Simon were the lone Hawk victors, there were plenty of other Hawks who earned top finishes throughout the competition.
The womens 4x400 relay team earned a fifth place finish with a team of freshman Rachel Halmon (Waldorf, Md.), Evans, sophomore Shantol Hemley (St. Catherines, Jamaica) and junior Annis Mars (Brooklyn, N.Y.). The teams time of 3:50.23 is the best time for any Hawk womens relay team by six seconds this season. On Friday, the four-person womens distance medley team finished fourth with a time of 12:36.56. Junior Shawnata Young (Forest Hills, Md.), who rejoined the team late in the season, earned a fifth place finish in the womens weight throw with a distance of 15.25 meters, by far the best measurement of a Lady Hawk in that event.
On the mens side, senior Ramone Waite (Kingston, Jamaica) qualified for the 60 meter dash finals with a sixth place finish on Friday and matched that with another sixth place finish in the finals with a time of 7.94 seconds. Senior Aaron Chatman (Waldorf, Md.) also earned a fourth place in the preliminaries on Friday, and took home a fifth place finish with a time of 49.06 seconds. After a top five finish in the 5000 meter, freshman Khalil Rmidi Kinnini (Malaga, Spain) earned two morea 4:24.36 time in the mile run, good for fourth place and a second place finish in the 3000 meter run with a time of 8:45.37.
Freshman Jared Kerr (Brampton, Ontario, Canada) earned a second place finish in the long jump on day one of the meet with a mark of 7.14 meters. Finally, the mens 4x400 meter relay team of Waite, Chatman, freshman Orwell Maylor (St. Catherines, Jamaica) and senior Javon Spencer (Montego Bay, Jamaica) finished fourth in the finals with a time of 3:19.51. In terms of team scoring, the mens team earned a fifth place finish with 64 total points.
The women's team finished seventh with 29 total points. Hampton swept the meet with 147 points for the Lady Pirates and 114 for the Pirates. This meet does not conclude the indoor track season for the Hawks, as the team will head to Boston for the Fast Track competition on March 2nd, followed by the IC4A Championships in Boston one week later.