University of Maryland Eastern Shore The 125th Anniversary
125th Anniversary
"Celebrating the Journey: The 125th Anniversary of UMES" 1886-2011

Citius, Altius, Fortius

 Ed Skinner - 1964  Lenora Guion-Firmin



The institution that evolved into the University of Maryland Eastern Shore today was in its 10th year of educating blacks as Princess Anne Academy when the inaugural Olympic games of the modern era were held in Greece in 1896.

Nine world-class student-athletes - all of them in track and field - competed at summer Olympiads in the first 125 years of the university's existence. A 10th thinclad was a coach.

Edwin Skinner holds the distinction of being the school's first Olympian and medal winner. He won a bronze at the 1964 Tokyo games competing for Trinidad and Tobago in the 4 x 400 meter relay. In March 1964, Skinner was part of a mile relay team that set a world record during an NCAA meet.

The most recent UMES Olympian is Lenorá Guion-Firmin of Martinique, who qualified for the French team as a sprinter at the 2012 London games.

Olympic rings

 Edwin Skinner ¹  Trinidad-Tobago


 4 x 400 M relay

 Benedict Cayenne ¹   Trinidad-Tobago


 4 x 400 M relay & 800 M
 Charles Mays Sr. ¹   United States


 Long jump
 Howard Lindsay ¹  Antigua-Barbuda

 1984, '88, '96 

 200 M, 4 x 400 M & 4 x 100 M relay 
 Russ Rogers ¹   United States


 Sprint coach
 Dawnette Douglas  Bermuda


 100 & 200 M
 Derry Pemberton  U.S. Virgin Islands 


 4 x 100 M relay
 Allodin Fothergill



 4 x 400 M relay
 Mikel Thomas ²   Trinidad-Tobago

2008, 2012

 110 M hurdles 
 Lenorá Guion-Firmin  France


  4 x 400 M relay

Five alumni are in the UMES athletics hall of fame; Skinner, Benedict Cayenne, Howard Lindsay, Russ Rogers and the late Charles Mays Sr.

Mays, who died in 2005, served six years on the Jersey City, N.J. city council and as an Assemblyman in the New Jersey legislature from 1978 to 1982. Rogers, also from New Jersey, became a collegiate track and field coach and retired in 2006 from The Ohio State University.  


1 - UMES athletics' hall of fame members at the university's 125th anniversary.

† - medal winner 

2 - Thomas was a University of Kentucky student when he competed in Beijing, China ~ 2008. 

"Celebrating the Journey: The 125th Anniversary of the
University of Maryland Eastern Shore" 1886-2011