NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-Two members of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's indoor track and field team did very well on the first day of action at the two-day NCAA Division III Championships at Grinnell College in Grinnell, IA Friday evening.
Sophomore Chris Perry (Providence, RI/Dighton-Rehoboth HS/BCC) finished fourth in the long jump, while freshman Phito Gondre (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) advanced to the finals in the 60 meter dash.
Gondre finished seventh in the preliminaries with a time of 6.91 seconds. Eight runners qualified for the finals, he was the third and final runner to qualify from the first heat. Five runners made it from the second heat, and the final five qualifiers were separated by just five one-hundredths of a second. The finals are scheduled for Saturday at 5:35 p.m.
Perry finished fourth with a mark of 23 feet, 5 ½ inches. After fouling on his first attempt, he had his best jump on his second try. Jonas Elusme of Wartburg was first at 23 feet, 10 ¾ inches. By virtue of his finish, Perry scored five points and earned All-American honors. The top five competitors were separated by just six inches.
"I was pleased with the way things went," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve Gardiner. "It was nice for Chris to get this one out of the way and finish fourth. He came here as a freshman and got hurt on his first jump, so it was good for him to do well and become an All-American. He will be in a good frame of mind for tomorrow. In Phito's race, the top two in each heat qualified, and then the next six guys, so we had to wait and see how the second heat went. This is the second best qualifying time he's had in a race all season, and that bodes well for tomorrow."
This meet concludes Saturday, with Gondre competing in the finals of the 60 meter dash at 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time, and Perry competing in the triple jump at 11:00 a.m. ET.
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