Sophomore Chris Perry
KINGSTON, RI-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's track and field team performed well in their first action of the spring semester on the second day of action at the two-day Sorlien Memorial Invitational at the Henry H. Mackal Fieldhouse Saturday. The women's competition was held Friday.
The Corsairs finished fourth overall in the six-team field with 77.5 points. Host Rhode Island was first with 144 points, Massachusetts next with 94.5, and American International was third with 79. Brown was fifth with 53 points and Holy Cross sixth with 35.
Sophomore Chris Perry (Providence, RI/Dighton-Rehoboth HS/BCC) finished first in the triple jump at 48 feet, ¾ inch. He was also fourth in the long jump at 22 feet, 9 ¼ inches, tying the second best mark in school history, and finished eighth in 60 meter dash in 7.17 seconds. Freshman Aaron Amado (Randolph, MA/Thayer Academy) was third in the triple jump at 45-1, while freshman Adam Jones (Amesbury, MA/Triton Regional HS) was fourth with a personal best of 44-11.
Freshman Phito Gondre (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) was third in the 60 meter dash in 6.97 seconds. Freshman Francoise Cherduville (Brockton, MA/Brockton HS) was sixth in 7.08 seconds, and he is the second best UMD performer in that event (behind Gondre). At 1000 meters, sophomore Zach Switaj (Tamworth, NH/Kennett Regional HS) was third in 2:37.77, the ninth fastest time at UMass Dartmouth, while freshman Matt Ferro (Halifax, MA/Silver Lake HS) was eighth in 2:41.81. Sophomore Chris Jordan (Taunton, MA/Taunton HS) was third at 3000 meters in 9:29.89, while freshman Scott Bernazzani (Abington, MA/Cardinal Spellman HS) was fourth in 9:35.82. At 500 meters, Matt Hinthorne (Braintree, MA/Braintree HS) was fifth in 1:08.04.
Senior Robert Yarbough (Fall River, MA/Durfee HS) was fourth in the weight throw at 53 feet, 2 ¾ inches, while sophomore Chris Cole (Dartmouth, MA/Dartmouth H) was sixth at 42-9. Cole was fourth in the shot put at 43-8, while freshman Cody Lusas (Melrose, MA/Melrose HS) was seventh at 43-1 ¾. And Jones tied for sixth in the high jump at 6-4, the third best indoor jump in school history.
"I was really pleased with our performance," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve Gardiner. "We had a hard workout Wednesday, and had two days to recover. Chris Perry and Phito Gondre did well. Adam Jones just missed in the high jump at 6-6, and then came back and jumped 44-11 in the triple. Cody Lusas did well in the shot put, he's just getting used to the 16 pound shot that we use in college, and Zach Switaj is a hard worker, and he deserves credit for his performance."
The Corsairs will return to action at Springfield next Saturday.