BOSTON, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's track and field team turned in a strong performance in their season opener, the UMass Boston Invitational at the Reggie Lewis Center Saturday. No team scores were recorded at the meet.
For the men, junior Zach Switaj (Tamworth, NH/Kennett Regional HS) finished first at 1000 meters in 2:34.13, qualifying for the ECAC Championships. Sophomore Matt Ferro (Halifax, MA/Silver Lake HS was third in 2:36.42, while freshman Ryan Hayes (Halifax, MA/Silver Lake HS) was fifth in 2:41.50. Senior Gerald Arneaud (Dorchester, MA/Newton South HS) was second at 400 meters in 51.18 seconds. Sophomore Eric Karstunen (Pembroke, MA/Pembroke HS) was fifth at 3000 meters in 9:19.36, freshman Justin Conor (Holden, MA/Wachusett Regional HS) was fifth in the 60 meter hurdles in 8.90 seconds, sophomore Adam Jones (Amesbury, MA/Triton Regional HS) was fifth (6-2 ½) and sophomore Aaron Amado (Randolph, MA/Thayer Academy) was sixth (6-0 ½) in the high jump, sophomore Cody Lusas (Melrose, MA/Melrose HS) was sixth in the 35 pound weight throw at 43-2 (it was won by former Corsair Robert Yarbough), and the 4 x 400 meter relay team of junior Kyle Costa (Somerset, MA/Somerset-Berkley HS/Vermont), Switaj, Ferro and Arneaud was fourth in 3:29.52.
For the women, sophomore Katie Sheehan (Scituate, MA/Scituate HS) was fifth at 3000 meters in 10:45.41, the ninth fastest time in school history indoors. Sophomore Bailey Burke's (South Yarmouth, MA/Dennis-Yarmouth HS) was sixth in the 20 pound weight throw at 39 feet, seven inches. Sophomore Lauren Roche (Norfolk, MA/King Phillip Regional HS) was seventh in the long jump at 15-3, freshman Barbara Okafor (Hyde Park, MA/Boston Latin HS) was seventh in the 60 meter dash in 8.27 seconds, and freshman Dana Foley (Mansfield, MA/Mansfield HS) was seventh in the 60 meter hurdles in 10.21 seconds.
"It was a good opener," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve Gardner. "Some of our people haven't competed at all since the spring. It was a good time to get the rust off and get back to where it feels like a team. Some people came back ahead of where they were last year, while some are behind where they were at the end of the year but ahead of where they were at this time last year, so we're making progress. With another week of practice and another meet, a number of people should improve."
The Corsairs will return to action at the Harvard Open next Saturday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH TRACK AND FIELD