Gondre Fifth, Perry 12th At NCAA Division III Championships, Men Finish 22nd in Nation

The 2012 Corsairs

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-Freshman Phito Gondre (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's track team finished fifth in the 60 meter dash and sophomore Chris Perry (Providence, RI/Dighton-Rehoboth HS/BCC) finished 12th in the triple jump on the second and final day of action at the two-day NCAA Division III Championships at the Charles Benson Bear '30 Health and Recreation Center at Grinnell College in Grinnell, IA Saturday.

Gondre finished fifth in 6.875 seconds. Dominique Kone of Colby finished first in a field house record time of 6.75 seconds. He scored four points for the Corsairs, and joined Perry in earning All-America honors for their performances.

Perry finished 12th with a mark of 45 feet, three inches. His best jump was his second, but he was two feet, seven inches short of making the finals. Mike Sandle of Wisconsin-River Falls finished first with a jump of 50 feet, six inches. He finished fourth in the long jump Saturday, scoring five points and earning All-America honors.

UMD's nine points allowed the Corsairs to finish in 22nd place nationally. 

"I was really pleased with Phito's race, he wasn't one of the first people out of the blocks, but he rallied to get up to fifth, which isn't easy in a race that's over so quickly," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve Gardiner. "It's a credit to him to come in fifth. Chris didn't have his best day, it was just one of those days that everything wasn't working for him. I was pleased that both Chris and Phito were able to come back with All-America awards."

The meet concludes the indoor season for the Corsairs.

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