May 11, 2013

More Records Fall on Second Day at Open New England Championships

EASTON, MA— The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's track and field team broke two more school records on their second and final day of competition at the Open New England Championships at Stonehill's W.B. Mason Stadium Saturday.

Sophomore Jake Texeira (Seekonk, MA/Seekonk HS) finished seventh in the 400 meter intermediate hurdles in 54.18 seconds.

Both the women's 4 x 100 meter relay team and the 4 x 400 meter relay team broke school records. The 4 x 1 relay team, which included freshman Barbara Okafor (Hyde Park, MA/Boston Latin HS), senior Jillian Van Ness (Agawam, MA/Agawam HS), and freshmen Michele-Le Meranda (Somerville, MA/Somerville HS) and Laquaysia Anderson-Jenkins (Brighton, MA/Brighton HS), broke the school record by nine-tenths of a second when they finished 13th in 48.34 seconds. The 4 x 4 relay team, with Anderson-Jenkins, Meranda, senior Morgan Cooper (Sunderland, MA/Frontier Regional HS) and Van Ness, was 20th in 4:00.94. Sophomore Katie Sheehan (Scituate, MA/Scituate HS) finished 15th in the 3000 meter steeplechase in 12:12.71.

"For Jake, it was a good preview if he is fortunate enough to get to nationals," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve Gardiner. "That's the first time he's ever had to race one day in the trials and come back the next day in the finals, and that's good experience. Our relay crew of five people keeps breaking records every time they run. It's a credit to their work ethic, to the fact they stayed on campus to train even when school was over and their classmates were already home, and it's also a credit to Assistant Coach Hal Miller, who's done a great job with them."

The Corsairs will return to action at the Eastern College Athletic Conference Championships next weekend.                                                      

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