Men and Women are Fifth at Connecticut College's Silfen Invitational

April 19, 2008

NEW LONDON, CT- The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's track and field team performed well in their final tune-up for the Little East Conference Championships at Saturday's Silfen Invitational at Connecticut College's Silfen Field Saturday.

The men scored 55 points and finished fifth in a 13-team field. Coast Guard was first with 243 points, The women were sixth of 12 teams with 58 points. The host Camels finished first with 164 points.

For the women, freshman Linee Mello-Frost finished second in the 100 meter hurdles in 16.61 seconds, while senior Deanna Bealby (Peterborough, NH/Contocook Valley HS) was sixth in 17.85 seconds and fifth in the 400 meter hurdles in 1:14.96. Senior Leanne Nygaard (Medway, MA/Medway HS) turned in a personal best performance at 800 meters, finishing third in 2:27.26, and was fifth at 1500 meters in 4:59.08, another personal best. In the shot put, freshman Jermai Harrison (Brockton, MA/Brockton HS) was second (35 feet, six inches) and junior Hilary Baker (Middleborough, MA/Middleborough HS) was fourth at 33-2. Sophomore Jess Carpenter was fifth at 400 meters in 1:04.60, while freshman Briley Morrill (Whitman, MA/Whitman-Hanson HS) was fifth at both 100 meters (13.72 seconds) and at 200 meters (28.01 seconds).

Senior Chris Jodoin (Uxbridge, MA/Uxbridge HS/Maine) won the 400 meters in 49.76 seconds and the 400 meter hurdles (55.15 seconds) then ran a 48.5 leg as a member of the 4 x 400 meter relay team, which finished first in 3:23.41 and also included senior Sam Machuor (Newbury, MA/Triton Regional HS), freshman Bobby Miller (Westfield, MA/Westfield HS) and junior Tyler Buck (Valley Center, CA/Valley Center HS). Senior Eric Holmes (Abington, MA/Abington HS) won the 3000 meter steeplechase in 9:42.11 and was sixth at 1500 meters in 4:09.67, Miller was eighth at 400 meters in 51.76 seconds, Buck was seventh at 800 meters in 2:00.74, freshman Steve Burke (Norwell, MA/Norwell HS) was third at 5000 meters in 17:03.21, freshman Jeff Beal (Townsend, MA/North Middlesex HS) was seventh in the triple jump at 39 feet, 10 inches; freshman Nick Deininger (North Attleboro, MA/North Attleboro HS) was fifth in the 100 meters hurdles in 17.15 seconds, while freshman Marcus Williams (Worcester, MA/Doherty HS) was seventh in 17.37 seconds.

"Overall, we had a pretty good day, and it was a good way to get ready for conference next week," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Jon Hird. "Chris Jodoin's mark in the 400 was just a hair slower than our school record, and he had a monster day. Eric Holmes' mark in the steeplechase pretty much qualifies him for everything through the ECACs. The 4 x 4 relay team ran their fastest time of the year, and Sam Machuor was competing in his first meet of the outdoor season after being hurt during the indoor season. Deanna Bealby also competed for the first time since the indoor season, and Leanne Nygaard had a very good day. Briley Morrill looked good, she is really right on the edge of beginning to pop some really good races."

The Corsairs will return to action at the Little East Conference and New England Alliance Championships at Rhode Isla