May 5, 2012

Several Stand Out for Track at New England Division III Championships

CAMBRIDGE, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's outdoor track and field team had several strong performances on the second and final day of competition at the two-day New England Division III Championships Saturday at MIT's Henry G. Steinbrenner '27 Stadium.

Sophomore Krista Chauvin (Seekonk, MA/Seekonk HS/Stonehill), who broke the school discus record Friday night, made it two records in two days when she broke the UMD record in hammer throw, finishing third at 164 feet, nine inches.

Junior Jillian Van Ness (Agawam, MA/Agawam HS) also ran well, scoring in two races. She finished fourth at 100 meters in 12.40 seconds and eighth at 200 meters in 25.84 seconds.

In the shot put, sophomore Jessica Masse (Somerville, MA/Somerville HS) finished fifth with a throw of 40 feet, ¾ inch. Senior Courtney Testa (Hopkinton, MA/Hopkinton HS) was eighth at 5000 meters in 18:07.85.

Senior Robert Yarbough (Fall River, MA/Durfee HS) was sixth in the shot put at 48 feet, 11 inches, the second best mark outdoors at UMass Dartmouth, At 800 meters, sophomore Matt Hinthorne (Braintree, MA/Braintree HS) was eighth in 1:53.42, the second fastest time in school history.

In the team standings, the women were 11th of 27 teams with 25 points, while the women were 20th of 27 with 12 points.

"This weekend, Krista Chauvin had arguably one of the finest performances by a female thrower in school history," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve Gardiner. "She broke two school records in one meet. The discus record that she broke yesterday was a 14 foot improvement on her previous record, and 22 feet beyond what it was at the start of the season. Her hammer record is a 20 foot improvement over what it was before she got here. Krista has worked very hard, and deserves all the credit that she gets. Jill Van Ness turned in two very good performances, Rob Yarbough threw well, and Matt Hinthorne continues to improve. We're looking forward to the Open New England Championships next week."

The Corsairs will compete at the Open New England Championships next weekend.

                                            UMASS DARTMOUTH TRACK AND FIELD