Feb. 19, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's indoor track and field team had quite a day at the New England Division III Championships at Springfield College's Blake Track Saturday.
The Corsairs scored 36 points, finished in the top ten for the first time in 13 years, and broke three school records. The total was UMass Dartmouth's second highest total in 32 years attending the meet.
For the men, freshman Chris Perry (Attleboro, MA/Dighton-Rehoboth HS/BCC) finished first in the triple jump, breaking his own school record with a leap of 48 feet, 3 1/2 inches. At 800 meters, senior Eric Nygaard (Medway, MA/Medway HS) finished second in 1:55.81, breaking the school record as he was edged at the finished by two hundredths of a second. In the 35 pound weight throw, junior Robert Yarbough (Fall River, MA/ Durfee HS) broke the school record when he finished fourth at 57 feet, 5 3/4 inches, which is also a provisional qualifying mark for the NCAA Division III Championships. Freshman Brandon Higgins (Wareham, MA/Upper Cape Cod Regional Vo Tech HS) also finished first, winning the high jump at 6-5 and just missing three times at 6-7 1/2, which would have been a provisional NCAA qualifying mark. Sophomore Kyle Costa (Somerset, MA/Somerset HS/Vermont) also scored, finishing sixth at 600 meters in 1:24.45.
"l'm very pleased, this shows the progress that we're making as a team," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve Gardiner. "We didn't go in trying to score as many points as we could. We knew we weren't going to score 100 points; we wanted to focus on our best events. I am extremely pleased to see us break three school records, have two winners and a runner-up in a meet of this caliber, and to do as well as we did. This is the seventh time we've been in the top ten. Four of those times were in the 1980s, two were in the 1990s. We also were the highest finishing public state college. It's a credit to the commitment our team has made."
The Corsairs will return to action at the Open New England Championships next weekend.
UMASS DARTMOUTH TRACK AND FIELD