BOSTON – Sophomore Gabriel Solano (Worcester, Mass.) captured the 500-meter run to lead the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's indoor track and field team in its season-opening meet at the University of Massachusetts Boston Invitational this afternoon inside the Reggie Lewis Center.
Solano won the race from the fourth heat, when he covered the track in a time of one minute, 7.85 seconds to meet the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championship meet standard. Senior Jacob Teixeira (Seekonk, Mass.) also captured his heat and placed fourth overall with a time of one minute, 8.54 seconds.
Sophomore Chris Cennami (Peabody, Mass.) produced the third fastest time in program history during the trials of the 60-meter dash. The Peabody, Mass. product tripped the timer at 7.09 seconds to qualify for the New England Open Championships.
Junior Justin Conor (Holden, Mass.) also etched his name into the indoor track and field annuals. The junior posted the second fastest time in program history in the trials of the 60-meter high hurdles, stopping the clock at 8.50 seconds to advance to the finals. He placed fourth overall in the event with a time of 8.55 seconds.
The Corsairs demonstrated their depth in the 1,000-meter run, when junior Cyrenus Paquiin (Middleboro, Mass.) and Dominic Roy placed fifth and sixth, respectively. Paquin crossed the line at two minutes, 43.71 seconds, while Roy finished at two minutes, 44.65 seconds.
Senior Cody Lusas (Melrose, Mass.) was the top UMass Dartmouth competitor in the field events. He placed third in the shot put with a throw of 13.71 meters.
UMass Dartmouth will return to action on Saturday, January, 17, when the Corsairs travel to the Tufts University Invitational.