Track and Field Performs Well at Silfen Invitational

NEW LONDON, CT-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's track and field team represented the Corsairs well at the Silfen Invitational, hosted by Connecticut College at the Silfen Track Saturday.

A small contingent of student-athletes competed, and the women finished eighth with 53 points, while the men tied for ninth with 14 points. Rhode Island took the women's meet with 124 points and the men's meet with 183 points.

For the women, junior Krista Chauvin (Seekonk, MA/Seekonk HS/Stonehill) placed first in the hammer at 158 feet, three inches and was third in the javelin at 103 feet, four inches. Senior Jillian Van Ness (Agawam, MA/Agawam HS) was 2nd at both 100 meters (13.10 seconds) and at 200 meters (26.39 seconds), while freshman Michele-Le Meranda (Somerville, MA/Somerville HS) was third at 100 meters in 13.20 seconds and 4th at 400 in 27.20. Senior Morgan Cooper (Sunderland, MA/Frontier Regional HS) was fourth at 400 meters in 1:10.11 and sixth at 200 in 27.42 seconds.

Among the men, sophomore Matt Barber (East Falmouth, MA/Falmouth HS) was eighth at 200 meters in 24.12 seconds, and 14th at 400 in 53.05. Freshman Justin Conor (Holden, MA/Wachusett Regional HS) was third in the 110 meter hurdles in 16.02 seconds, sophomore Cody Lusas (Melrose, MA/Melrose HS) was third in the shot put at 42 feet, 9 ¾ inches, junior Kyle Costa (Somerset, MA/Somerset-Berkley HS/Vermont) was eighth in the 400 hurdles in 1:01.52, and junior Zach Switaj (Tamworth, NH/Kennett Regional HS) was 15th at 800 meters in 2:09.83.

"I have to give a lot of credit to our people who competed, they were able to find a way to get to the meet and compete, despite the fact that the campus was closed," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve Gardiner. "They got down there on their own, and the Connecticut College people offered to let our people wear their spikes, they couldn't have been nicer. We weren't expecting anyone to go, considering the circumstances, but it was great to see they made the effort to get down there."

The Corsairs will return to action next weekend at the Little East Conference and New England Alliance Championships.

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