Track and Field Does Well at Silfen Invitational

April 23, 2011

NEW LONDON, CT-Neither a downpour nor wind and cold temperatures could keep the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's outdoor track and field team from performing well at the Silfen Invitational at Connecticut College's Silfen Track Saturday.

The men's team scored 78 points and finished seciond out of 19 teams. Coast Guard finished first with 141 points. The women finished third of 19 teams with 76 points. Connecticut College was first with 80 points.

For the women, freshman Ezra Banks (Boston, MA/Newton South HS) finished first at 100 meters in 13.44 seconds, and was second in the long jump at 15 feet, 5 ½ inches. Sophomore Kim Urena (Marlborough, MA/ Marlborough HS) finished first at 400 meters in 60.86 seconds, while junior Brittany Cole (Dartmouth, MA/ Dartmouth HS) earned her first collegiate victory when she finished first in the shot put at 35 feet, one-quarter of an inch. She also was fifth in the hammer throw at 110-3.

In the javelin, junior Emily Migre (Whitman, MA/ Whitman-Hanson HS) was third at 96 feet, nine inches. Junior Courtney Testa (Hopkinton, MA/Hopkinton HS) was sixth at 1500 meters in 5:07.88, and senior Ulrike Schonemund (Langgoon, Germany) tied for third in the high jump at four feet, seven inches.

For the men, senior Eric Nygaard (Medway, MA/Medway HS) finished first at 1500 meters in 4:02.70. In the javelin, freshman Joe Texeira (Seekonk, MA/Seekonk HS) finished first at 163 feet, one-half inch, while freshman Brett Croteau (Rehoboth, MA/Dighton-Rehoboth HS) was fourth in the same event at 137-1.

Junior Robert Yarbough (Fall River, MA/Durfee HS) was second in both the shot put (43 feet, 7 1/4 inches) and the hammer throw (149 feet). Freshman Chris Cole (Dartmouth, MA/Dartmouth HS) was fourth in the shot put (41-10 ½) and freshman Conway King (Boston, MA/O'Bryant HS) was seventh at 40 feet, 10 3/4 inches. At 800 meters, sophomore Matt Hinthorne (Braintree, MA/Braintree HS) was third in 2:00.12 and sophomore Scott Connolly (Sharon, MA/Sharon HS) was fifth in 2:01.99. Senior Jeff Beal (Townsend, MA/North Middlesex HS) was third in the 110 high hurdles in 17.30 seconds, sophomore Kyle Costa (Somerset, MA/Somerset HS/Vermont) was sixth at 400 meters in 52.35 seconds, and the 4 x 100 meter relay team of graduate student Corey Sleep (Fall River, MA/Durfee HS), freshman Marcus Cusick (Westport, MA/Diman Regional HS), freshman James Bottary (Quincy, MA/Weymouth HS) and junior Hymlaire Lamisere (Newton. MA/Newton North HS/Iona) was third in 46.06 seconds.

"The weather was miserable, with a driving rain and 40 degrees, but, in spite of that, we had several good performances," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve Gardiner. "In the hammer, Robert Yarbough had his best throw of the year just a couple of feet short of his personal best despite the fact that there was a couple inches of water in the circle, and it was slippery. I'm very happy for Brittany Cole, she is extremely dedicated and works hard, and it's gratifying to see her finish first in a meet with 10 schools. Kim Urena came back from being ill, and her performance in these conditions was quite impressive. We had some solid performances despite the weather."

The Corsairs will return to action when they travel to Fitchburg State for the Little East Conference and New England Alliance Championships next Saturday.

UMASS DARTMOUTH TRACK AND FIELD