May 17, 2012

Strong Performances on First Day at ECAC Division III Championships

TROY, NY-A few outstanding performances marked the first day of action for the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's outdoor track and field at the two-day Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Division III Championships Friday at Rensselaer's Ned Harkness Track.

Sophomore Krista Chauvin (Seekonk, MA/Seekonk HS/Stonehill) finished third in the hammer throw with a school record throw of 177 feet, one inch. The throw beat her own school record by nearly 13 feet, and moved her unofficially from 22nd to seventh place nationally, putting her in an excellent position to represent the Corsairs at the NCAA Division III Championships next week.

Senior Robert Yarbough also performed well in the hammer throw, with a toss of 179-10, a personal best. He finished fourth, and his effort is the second best ever at UMass Dartmouth.

Freshman Phito Gondre (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) advanced to Friday's finals at 100 meters, finishing third in his heat and sixth overall in 10.82 seconds. Freshman Kainoa Culverhouse (Salisbury, MA/ Triton Regional HS) ran the 110 meter high hurdles in 17.59 seconds, but failed to advance to the finals.

"You can't ask for much more," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve Gardiner. "To have Krista jump up like she did in the hammer, into a position to go to nationals, and to see Rob Yarbough throw as well as he did on his next to last day of outdoor track and Phito advance to the finals as a freshman was great. Krista has improved the record in the hammer by 35 feet from last year. We're looking for more good things tomorrow."

The meet will conclude Friday.

 

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