April 27, 2013

Track and Field Performs Well at LEC/Alliance Championships

BRIDGEWATER, MA--The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's track and field team performed well at the Little East Conference and New England Alliance Championships at the Edward C. Swenson Athletic Complex Saturday.

The women finished third in the LEC with 102 points, and fifth in the Alliance with 74.5 points. The men were fourth in the LEC with 101 points, and seventh in the Alliance with 61 points,

The women's team had two champions. Sophomore Katie Sheehan (Scituate, MA/Scituate HS) set a school record in winning both the Little East Conference and New England Alliance championships in the 3000 meter steeplechase in 11:24.07, while junior Krista Chauvin (Seekonk, MA/Seekonk HS/Stonehill) won both titles when she threw the hammer 164 feet, four inches. Chauvin was second in the LEC and fourth in the Alliance in the javelin at 116-10, while sophomore Bailer Burke (South Yarmouth, MA/Dennis-Yarmouth HS) was fifth in the Alliance and third in the LEC in the hammer at 128-11.

The 4 x 100 meter relay team of freshmen Barbara Okafor (Hyde Park, MA/Boston Latin HS), Michele-Le Meranda (Somerville, MA/Somerville HS), LaQuaysia Anderson-Jenkins (Brighton, MA/Brighton HS) and senior Jillian Van Ness (Agawam, MA/Agawam HS) set a school record when they finished second in the LEC and third in the Alliance in 48.46 seconds, The 4 x 400 meter relay team of Anderson-Jenkins, Meranda, senior Morgan Cooper (Sunderland, MA/Frontier HS) and Van Ness set a school record when they finished second in both competitions.

At 100 meters, Anderson-Jenkins was third in the LEC and fifth in the Alliance when she finished in 12.76 seconds. She ran 12.40 in the trials, which is the fourth fastest time in school history. Okafor ran 12.94 seconds in the trials, which is the 10th best time at UMD. Anderson-Jenkins was fifth in the LEC and sixth in the Alliance at 26.20 seconds. At 400 meters, Van Ness was fourth in both the LEC and the Alliance in 59.43 seconds, while Cooper's time of 59.71 seconds placed her fifth in the LEC and sixth in the Alliance and was the third fastest time at UMD. Freshman Ashley Motta (Swansea, MA/Case HS) was sixth in the Alliance and third in the LEC in the javelin at 116 feet, and junior Lauren Roche (Norfolk, MA/King Philip Regional HS) was fifth in the LEC in the triple jump at 31 feet, ¼ of an inch. Senior Jamie Zizza (Stoneham, MA/Stoneham HS) was seventh in the LEC and ninth in the Alliance in the high jump at 4-11, and was third in the LEC and fifth in the Alliance in the pole vault at 8-6 ¼.

For the men, junior Brett Croteau (Rehoboth, MA/Dighton-Rehoboth HS) was second in both the LEC and the Alliance at 198 feet, 10 inches, while junior Joe Texeira (Seekonk, MA/Seekonk HS) was fifth in the LEC and fourth in the Alliance at 170-10. In the 400 meter hurdles, sophomore Jake Texeira (Seekonk, MA/Seekonk HS) was second in both the LEC and the Alliance in 53.96 seconds, the second fastest time at UMD. At 5000 meters, freshman Mike Vaz (Dartmouth, MA/Greater New Bedford Vo Tech HS) was second in the LEC and fourth in the Alliance  in 33:47.15. Sophomore Daryl Chingono (Johannesburg, South Africa/St Stithian's Boys College) ran 11.06 in the 100 meter trials, the fifth fastest time at UMD. He was sixth in the LEC at 200 meters in 22.97 seconds.

At 200 meters, senior Gerald Arneaud (Dorchester, MA/Newton South HS) was fifth in the LEC and eighth in the Alliance in 22.96 seconds, and he was fifth in both the LEC and the Alliance at 400 meters in 49.76 seconds. Junior Zach Switaj (Tamworth, NH/Kennett Regional HS) was fifth in the LEC and sixth in Alliance at 1500 meters in 3:58.47, the seventh fastest time at UMD. In the discus, sophomore Cody Lusas (Melrose, MA/Melrose HS) was third in the LEC at 132 feet, five inches, the 10th best throw at UMD. Freshman Grunde Brandso (Dartmouth, MA/Dartmouth HS) was fourth at 130-3, and Joe Texeira fifth at 128-8. In the 110 meter hurdles, freshman Justin Conor (Holden, MA/Wachusett Regional HS) was third in the LEC in 16.21 seconds, and 4 x 100 meter relay team of Chingono, sophomore Matt Barber (East Falmouth, MA/Falmouth HS), Arneaud and freshman Adrian Cruz (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) was fifth in the LEC and eighth in the Alliance in 44.32 seconds.

At 800 meters, junior Matt Hinthorne (Braintree, MA/Braintree HS) was second in the LEC and third in the Alliance in 1:54.42. Junior Chris Jordan (Taunton, MA/Taunton HS) was fourth in the LEC and fifth in the Alliance in 15:49.66. Sophomore Adam Jones (Amesbury, MA/Triton Regional HS) was fourth in the LEC and tied for fourth in the Alliance in the high jump at 6-4. Freshman Grunde Brandso (Dartmouth, MA/Dartmouth HS) was third in the LEC and fifth in the Alliance in the shot put at 46-3 ¼,

"We had some really outstanding performances," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve Gardiner. "Our goal was to place higher than we did, but I was pleased with our performances. We had more holes than we've had in the past few years as far as events filled, and that makes it hard to have the balance to win a meet like this. It was good to set several school records. Katie Sheehan and the women's 4 x 1 and 4 x 4 teams did very well, and Jake Texeira put forth quite an effort in the 400 hurdles. We need to build on this for the future."

The Corsairs will return to action at the New England Division III Championships at Colby next weekend.

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