NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA--For the first time in several years, two student-athletes will represent the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's track and field team at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships this weekend.
Junior throwers Krista Chauvin (Seekonk, MA/Seekonk HS/Stonehill) and Brett Croteau (Rehoboth, MA/Dighton-Rehoboth HS) of the Corsairs will participate at the meet at Veterans memorial Stadium at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Chauvin will throw the hammer Friday evening at 6:00 p.m. ET, while Croteau will participate in the javelin Saturday at 1:40 ET.
"The berths are well-deserved on their part," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve Gardiner. "They have put in a lot of effort all year to get to this point."
Chauvin's school record mark of 188 feet, 10 inches has accorded her the top seed in her competition, while Croteau is ranked 17th and seeded 16th in the javelin with a mark of 200 feet, eight inches.
Chauvin is making her second consecutive appearance at nationals, having finished ninth last year."Krista comes in with a lot more confidence and not as much pressure as far as trying to make the finals," said Gardiner. "Most of her throws this year would allow her to make the finals. The experience she gained at the Penn Relays should really help her. She has higher expectations, but she also has a better understanding of the whole process than she had last year."
Croteau is going to nationals for the first time. "Brett's been very consistent all year, he's been flirting with the 200 mark each week, and he's placed in the top three in every big meet he's competed in this spring," said Gardiner. "I know he's excited to compete on the national level. It will help having Krista there who's already gone through it and has the perspective of going through it as an athlete rather than as a coach. That could be a real benefit for Brett."
Assistant Coach Darren DeAndrade coaches both throwers, and will also accompany them to the meet. "Darren's done a great job this year," said Gardiner. "I can't say enough about the job he's done."
The meet will mark the end of the spring season for the Corsairs.
UMASS DARTMOUTH TRACK AND FIELD