Jan. 16, 2010
KINGSTON, RI-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's indoor track and field team finished fifth in a seven-team field of mostly NCAA Division I and II teams on the second and final day of action at the Sorlien Memorial Invitational at the Henry H. Mackal Fieldhouse Saturday. The men's competition was held Saturday, following the women's competition Friday.
UMass Dartmouth's team score of 49 made them the highest finishing NCAA Division III team. The Corsairs finished ahead of Wheaton (27.5 points) and New Haven (23). Connecticut was first with 226 points, the host Rams were second with 172.5, Vermont was third with 80.5 and Central Connecticut State fourth with 67.5
Former Corsair football star J.T. Harold (Sr. North Andover, MA/Austin Prep) made his initial appearance of the season a successful one, winning the long jump with an NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 22 feet, nine inches. Junior Kevin Markie (North Attleboro, MA/North Attleboro HS/Nichols) was fourth in the triple jump at 43 feet, 5 ½ inches, while senior Corey Sleep (Fall River, MA/Durfee HS) was fifth at 41-8 ½. Junior Eric Nygaard (Medway, MA/Medway HS) was fourth at 800 meters in 1:59.50, qualifying him for the Division III New England Championships and marking the fifth best 800 meters indoors in school history. Sophomore Kevin Gilmore (Hanson, MA/Whitman-Hanson HS) was fifth at 3000 meters in 8:52.69, which qualified him for the Division III New England Championships in the eighth fastest time in school history.
Sophomore Hymlaire Lamisere (Newton, MA/Newton North HS/Iona) was fifth in the 55 meter dash in 6.77 seconds after running 6.69 in the trials, and finished eighth in the long jump at 20 feet, 8 ½ inches. In the 55 meter hurdles, sophomore Brian McArdle (Winchester, MA/Winchester HS) was fifth in 8.27 seconds and junior Nick Deininger (North Attleboro, MA/North Attleboro HS) was seventh in 8.36 seconds, sophomore Robert Yarbough (Fall River, MA/Durfee HS) was fifth in the shot put at 45 feet, five inches, junior Steve Burke (Norwell, MA/Norwell HS) was seventh in the mile in 4:28.91, freshman Matt Ford (Pembroke, MA/Pembroke HS) was eighth at 1000 meters in 2:41.29, freshman Jesse Perrin (Somerset, MA/Somerset HS) was eighth at 400 meters in 53.74 seconds, junior Nick Santoro (Shrewsbury, MA/St. John's HS) was eighth at 3000 meters in 9:03.53, and freshman Darius Smith (Plympton, MA/Silver Lake Regional HS) was eighth at 200 meters in 23.71 seconds.
"I was very pleased with our performance, competing against competition that was mostly Division I and Division II scholarship schools," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve Gardiner. "This meet afforded our team a chance to compete against a high level of competition, and showed them that they are capable of competing at this level. We competed very well coming back off our break, and we're looking to continue to improve next weekend."
The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Springfield next Saturday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH TRACK AND FIELD