Strong Performance for Corsairs at BU Terrier Invitational

Jan. 29, 2011

BOSTON, MA-For the second consecutive day, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's indoor track and field team turned in a strong performance at the two-day Terrier Classic at the Boston University Track and Tennis Center. The women competed Friday, and the men competed Saturday, and there were no team scores.

Freshman Chris Perry (Attleboro, MA/Dighton-Rehoboth HS/BCC) finished second in the triple jump with a leap of 48 feet. He led the competition until the final jump, and his leap set a school record and brought him within three inches of qualifying automatically for the NCAA Division III Championships. In the high jump, freshman Brandon Higgins (Wareham, MA/Upper Cape Cod Regional Vo Tech HS) tied the school record with a leap of 6-6 and finished second. At 200 meters, junior Hymlaire Lamisere (Newton, MA/Newton North/Iona) finished in 23.41 seconds, the ninth best mark at UMass Dartmouth. Sophomore Kyle Costa (Somerset, MA/Somerset HS/Vermont) ran 500 meters in 1:07.15, the fifth best mark at UMD. At 800 meters, freshman Zach Switaj (Tamworth, NH/Kennett Regional HS) finished with the fifth best mark at UMass Dartmouth (1:58.62), senior Tyler Buck had the sixth best mark overall at 1:58.89, and sophomore Scott Connolly (Sharon, MA/Sharon HS) posted the eighth best mark at 1:59.10, and all qualified for the Division III New England Championships. In the mile, senior Eric Nygaard (Medway, MA/Medway HS) posted the second best mark at UMD (4:18.96) and qualified for both the New England Division III Championships and the Eastern College Athletic Conference Championships, while junior Robert Yarbough (Fall River, MA/ Durfee HS) finished 11th in the 35 pound weight throw at 49 feet, 4 ¼ inches and qualified for the Division III New England Championships.

"This is one of the best days we've had in the three years I've been here," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve Gardiner/ "We had a lot of good performances. Chris Perry is close to an automatic qualifying mark in the triple jump, Eric Nygaard was close to a school record in the mile, it we're coming together. We want to keep building on this performance, since we have conference in two weeks, but I was very pleased with our performance."

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

UMASS DARTMOUTH TRACK AND FIELD