BOSTON-- The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's track and field team set two new school standards on day one of the Open New England Championships at Boston University on Friday afternoon.
In the 1000 meter event, sophomore Ryan Hayes (Kingston, Mass.) tripped the timer at 2:29.16, edging the previous school record (2:29.65) set back in 2011 by Eric Nygaard. Hayes produced the fifth fastest time of the day to capture one of the eight qualifying spots in tomorrow's final heat.
The distance relay team comprised of Matt Ferro (Halifax, Mass.), Brandon Jarousky (Attleboro, Mass.), Matthew Hinthorne (Braintree, Mass.) and Zachary Switaj (Tamworth, N.H.) covered the 4,000-meter distance in 9:56.95, surpassing their previously set mark (10:05.72) by nearly ten seconds. Ferro opened the race with a pace of 3:06.9 in the 1200 meter, while Jarousky legged out the next 400-meters in 48.6 seconds. Hinthorne posted a blistering 1:50.8 in the 800-meter section and Switaj completed the final 1,600 meters in 4:10.6. The Corsairs placed third overall in the event.
Senior Krista Chauvin (Seekonk, Mass.) was the only member of the UMass Dartmouth women's track and field team to compete in the Open Championships. Coming into the meet, Chauvin ranked third in the weight throw and she hit her mark with a third place toss of 52-04.25 feet.
The Corsairs will compete in day two of the Open New England Championships tomorrow afternoon at Boston University.