Track Finishes Third at Rhode Island

Jan. 15, 2011

KINGSTON, RI-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's indoor track and field team used several strong performances to finish third in a six-team field of NCAA Division I teams on the second and final day of action at the two-day Sorlien Memorial Invitational at the Henry H. Mackal Fieldhouse Saturday. The women's competition was held Friday, and the men's events took place Saturday.

UMass Dartmouth's team score of 74 placed them ahead of Bryant (64 points), Holy Cross (55) and Brown (44). Host Rhode Island was first with 276.5 points, and Massachusetts was second with 117.5.

Freshman Chris Perry (Attleboro, MA/Dighton-Rehoboth HS/BCC) won the triple jump with a leap of 46 feet, 11 inches, provisionally qualifying for the NCAA Division III Championships with his mark, the third best in UMD history. At 3000 meters, senior Steve Burke (Norwell, MA/Norwell HS) was second in 9:05.11, Steve Dowsett fourth at 9:41.81, freshman Chris Jordan (Taunton, MA/Taunton HS) fifth in 9:52.55, and senior Wes Meserve (Merrimac, MA/Pentucket Regional HS) was seventh in 10:00.10. At 1000 meters, senior Eric Nygaard (Medway, MA/Medway HS) was third in 2:34.62, and qualified for the Division III New England Championships.

In the high jump, freshman Brandon Higgins (Wareham, MA/Upper Cape Cod Regional Vo Tec HS) finished third at six feet, 4 1/4 inches. At 500 meters, senior Tyler Buck was fourth in 1:07.12, qualifying for the Division III New England Championships with the fourth best mark in school history. Sophomore Matt Hinthorne (Braintree, MA/Braintree HS) was fifth in 1:07.43, and sophomore Kyle Costa (Somerset, MA/Somerset HS/Vermont) was seventh in 1:09.21. In the weight throw, freshman Conway King (Boston, MA/O'Bryant HS) was sixth at 44 feet, 11 ½ inches, the fourth best mark at UMD. and was sixth in the shot put, while freshman Chris Cole (Dartmouth, MA/Dartmouth HS) was seventh in the shot put at 42-10 ¾.

In the 55 meter dash, junior Hymlaire Lamisere (Newton, MA/Newton North/Iona) was sixth in 6.74 seconds after running 6.69 in the trials. Perry was seventh at 200 meters in 23.34, sophomore Scott Connolly (Sharon, MA/Sharon HS) was seventh at 800 meters in 2:03.16, junior Brian McArdle (Winchester, MA/Winchester HS) was eighth in the 55 meter hurdles in 8.37 seconds, and the 4 x 400 meter relay team of sophomore Jesse Perrin (Somerset, MA/Somerset HS), Nygaard, Hinthorne and Buck was fifth in 3:40.41.

"It was a very good showing," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve Gardiner. "We had some very good performances. I was very pleased to see Chris Perry provisionally qualify in his first meet. Most of our people had real solid days for the first meet back from the break."

The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Springfield next Saturday.

UMASS DARTMOUTH TRACK AND FIELD