MEDFORD, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's track and field team turned in several strong performances in their season opener, the Snowflake Classic, hosted by Tufts at Dussault Track at Ellis Oval Saturday.
For the men, the Texeira brothers led the way. Sophomore Joe Texeira (Seekonk, MA/Seekonk HS) was second in the javelin at 167 feet, two inches, while his brother, freshman Jacob Texeira (Seekonk, MA/Seekonk HS) was third in the 400 meter intermediate hurdles in 57.59 seconds and qualified for the New England Division III Championships.
In the 100 meter high hurdles, freshman Kanoa Culverhouse (Salisbury, MD/Triton Regional HS) was fifth in 16.60 seconds, sophomore Matt Hinthorne (Braintree, MA/Braintree HS) ran 800 meters in 1:58.62, and sophomore Zach Switaj (Tamworth, NH/Kennett Regional HS) ran 1500 meters in 4:10.67.
The throwers carried for the day for the women. Sophomore Krista Chauvin (Seekonk, MA/Seekonk HS/Stonehill) broke the school record when she finished third in hammer throw in 157 feet, 10 inches, qualifying for the New England Division III Championships, Open New England Championships and ECAC Championships. She also finished third in the discus at 116 feet; the second best throw ever at UMD, and was also third in the javelin at 119-7, the eighth best throw in Corsair history, which qualified her for the Division III New England and ECAC Championships. Junior Brittany Cole (Dartmouth, MA/Dartmouth HS) was fifth in the hammer at 124-4, the fifth best throw at UMass Dartmouth.
Sophomore Jessica Masse (Somerville, MA/Somerville HS) also broke a school record when she finished second in the shot put at 42 feet, 3 ½ inches, which allowed her to qualify for the Open New England, Division III New England and ECAC Championships. Cole was fifth in the shot put at 40 feet, 1 ¼ inches, the second best throw at UMD, which qualified her for the New England Division III and ECAC Championships.
At 100 meters, sophomore Jillian Van Ness (Agawam, MA/Agawam HS) was seventh in 12.92 seconds, qualifying her for the Division III New England Championships. In the 3000 meter steeplechase, freshman Katie Sheehan (Scituate, MA/Scituate HS) finished second in 12:18.29, the third best mark ever at UMD. She qualified for the Division III New England Championships.
"Our throwers had a great day," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve Gardiner. "They deserve a lot of credit for their hard work, and Assistant Coach Darren De Andrade deserves credit for all the work he has done with them. They really made a statement today and set the tone. It was also nice to have Kanoa Culverhouse and Jacob Texeira do well in the hurdles and Katie do well in the steeplechase. All three performed well in their first collegiate outdoor meets."
The Corsairs will return to action when they host the UMass Dartmouth Invitational next Saturday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH TRACK AND FIELD