April 5, 2009


Courtesy of UMES

GAINSVILLE, Fla. - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore women's 4x800-
meter relay track team broke a nearly 25-year-old school record in the event at the
Florida Relays at James G. Pressly Stadium at Percy Beard Track Saturday.

Seniors Celia Whyte (Manchester, Jamaica), Merrecia James (Portland, Jamaica) and
freshmen Eunice Jones (Lanham, Md.) and Cynthia Anais (Paris, France) were all part
of the squad that finished second in the relay in a time of 8:44.38, smashing the previous
record of 9:00.01 set on April 26, 1984 in Philadelphia, Pa.

The same group of four was 21st in the 4x400-meter relay in 3:46.54.

In the field events, Vanessa Henry (Capital Heights, Md.) and Saisha Woodward
(Atlanta, Ga.) had an impressive day as well. Henry finished third in the shot put with a
mark of 14.10 meters (46 feet, 3.25 inches). Woodward was sixth in the event with a toss
of 13.54 meters (44 feet, 5.25 inches).

The UMES track and field teams are back in action at the Hampton Invitational in
Hampton, Va., next Friday and Saturday (April 10-11).