April 12, 2014

Corsairs Win 6 Events At Westfield State

WESTFIELD, Mass. -- The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's outdoor track and field team captured six events in a duel meet with Westfield State University this afternoon.  The Corsairs won four races and stood atop the podium in two field events.

Senior Matthew Hinthorne (Braintree, Mass.) qualified for the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championships in the 800-meter run, when he defeated the field with a time of one minute, 54.50 seconds.  Classmate Zachary Switaj (Tamworth, N.H.) and sophomore Ryan Hayes (Kingston, Mass.) gave UMass Dartmoth a 1-2 finish in the 1,500-meter run.  Switaj was the first runner across the finish line at four minutes, 02.56 seconds to meet the New England Division III qualifying standard, while Hayes placed second (4:05.60).  The Corsairs continued to dominate the distance races as senior Christopher Jordan (Taunton, Mass.) won the 10,000-meter run, covering the distance in 36 minutes, 39.28 seconds.

Sophomore Justin Conor (Holden, Mass.) turned in his best performance of the season in the 110-meter hurdles to win the race with a time of 15.50 seconds.  He also qualified for the New England Open, ECAC's, and New England Division III Championships in May.  Classmate Brandon Jarousky (Attleboro, Mass.) will also be competing in the New England Division III Championships in the 200-meter dash (22.35) and the 400-meter dash (50.30).

Freshman Kevin Cutler (Attleboro, Mass.) and junior Adam Jones (Amesbury, Mass.) each cleared 1.93 meters (6-4.00) to eclipse the ECAC Division III Championship standard.  Cutler, Jones and Westfield State's Travon Godette successfully clearded 1.93 meters, but Cutler and Jones placed 1-2 in the individual rankings.  Jones also won the triple jump event, when he covered a distance of 13.08 meters (42-11.00).

Junior Cody Lusas (Melrose, Mass.) was the top UMD performer in the field events, registering a pair of second place finishes.  Lusas recorded a mark of 13.76 meters (45-01.75) in the shot put and 40.34 meters (132-04) in the discus.

UMass Dartmouth will return to action on Saturday, April 19, when the Corsairs compete in the Springfield College Invitational.