Jan. 17, 2009
KINGSTON, RI-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's indoor track and field team finished 10th in a 13-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.
UMass Dartmouth scored 17 points, two points ahead of St. Peter's (NJ) and nine points behind New Haven. Connecticut was first with 169 points and host Rhode Island was second with 121. Wheaton, the only other Division III team in the field, was 13th with six points.
Among the highlights, senior Tyler Buck (Valley Center, CA/Valley Center HS) was fourth at 800 meters in 1:59.33, qualifying him for the New England Division III Championships. Sophomore Marcus Williams (Worcester, MA/Doherty HS) was fourth in the long jump at 21 feet, eight inches, which is the fifth best performance in UMD indoor history. He qualified for the ECAC Championships. Williams also scored a personal best in the 55 meter hurdles in 8.51 seconds.
In the triple jump, sophomore Kevin Markie (North Attleboro, MA/Nichols) finished sixth at 43 feet, 7 ¼ inches. The 4 x 800 meter relay team of sophomore Eric Nygaard (Medway, MA/Medway HS), junior Tim Whelan (Abington, MA/Abington HS), junior Erik Gonzalez (Methuen, MA/Methuen HS) and Buck finished seventh in 8:23.76, and freshman Kevin Gilmore's (Hanson, MA/Whitman-Hanson HS) time of 8:58.49 in the 3000 meters qualified him for both the New England Division III Championships, and the ECAC Championships.
"Considering that the field was virtually all Division I and II teams, including possibly the two best Division I teams in New England in UConn and URI and one of the best in Division II in Southern Connecticut, we did well," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve Gardiner. "We were exposed to great competition, we were competitive in the events that we were in, and this was a good start for us after getting back from break."
The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Springfield next Saturday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH TRACK AND FIELD