NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-Sophomore Chris Perry (Providence, RI/Dighton-Rehoboth HS/BCC), freshman Phito Gondre (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) and Head Coach Steve Gardiner of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's track team have earned post-season awards from the Little East Conference.
Perry was named LEC Men's Indoor Field Athlete of the Year, Gondre was named LEC Men's Indoor Rookie Track Athlete of the Year, and Gardiner was named Men's Indoor Track and Field Coach of the Year.
Perry won both the long jump and triple jump at the Little East Conference/New England Alliance Championships, finishing third at 200 meters and fourth at 55 meters. Gondre was first at 55 meters and at 200 meters at the LEC/Alliance Championships. Both qualified for the NCAA Division III Championships, where Gondre was fifth at 55 meters and Perry was fourth in the long jump and 12th in the triple jump, with both earning All-America honors.
Gardiner was honored for the second year in a row after leading the Corsairs to the Little East Conference and New England Alliance Indoor Championships for the first time ever. The men finished fourth overall at the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III Indoor Championships and finished 22nd at the NCAAs.
"Chris is certainly a worthy recipient," said Gardiner. "Chris followed up last year, when he was named Rookie of the Year, with being named Field Athlete of the Year, and he's off to a great start in his first two years of collegiate competition. He has established himself as the premier horizontal jumper in the Little East."
"Phito has had an incredible freshman year," Gardiner continued. "He was a major contributor to our team victory in the Little East and Alliance meet, and his becoming an All-American in his first indoor national championship meet speaks to his ability, his potential and the commitment he has made as a student-athlete."
"There can be no one more deserving of this award than Steve Gardiner," said UMass Dartmouth Director of Athletics Ian Day. "His work with our track and field programs has been nothing short of sensational.'
The Corsairs will begin their outdoor season Saturday, March 31 at Tufts.
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