Men's Track 3rd, 5th at LEC/Alliance Championships

Men's Track 3rd, 5th at LEC/Alliance Championships

April 25, 2009


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WESTFIELD, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's outdoor track and field teams performed well at the Little East Conference/New England Alliance Championships at the newly-named Jerry Gravel Track Saturday.

The UMass Dartmouth men were third in the six-team LEC with 63 points, and fifth in the 12-team Alliance with 74. Southern Maine finished first in both the LEC and Alliance competition. The women were fourth in the LEC with 64 points and eighth in the Alliance with 50 points. Southern Maine won the LEC title, and host Westfield State finished first in the Alliance competition.

The Corsairs had five conference champions, and four Alliance champs. Graduate student Eric Holmes (Abington, MA/Abington HS) was the 3000 meter steeplechase champion for the third time in his career, winning in 9:38.80. Sophomore Kevin Markie (North Attleboro, MA/North Attleboro HS/Nichols) won both championships in the triple jump with his leap of 44 feet, 3 ½ inches, the fifth best in school history, while freshman Gerald Arneaud (Dorchester, MA/Newton North HS) won at 400 meters in 50-.02 seconds, the third best mark at UMD. Sophomore Jermai Harrison (Brockton, MA/Brockton HS) won both titles in the shot put with a toss of 39-1, while sophomore Linee Mello-Frost (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) won the LEC title and was second in the Alliance in the 100 meter hurdles in 15.91 seconds, placing her fourth on the all-time school list.

In the men's meet, freshman Robert Yarbrough (Fall River, MA/Durfee HS) was sixth in the Alliance and second in the LEC in the hammer throw at 138-2, a personal best and the 10th best mark at UMass Dartmouth. He was also 6th and second in the shot put at 44-11 1//2. Sophomore Eric Nygaard (Medway, MA/Medway HS) was 5th in both competitions at 1500 meters in 4:07.42, freshman Tom Barry (Wilmington, MA/Wilmington HS) eighth and second in the javelin at 163-2, the best mark at UMD, senior Jimmy Knuuttila (Lunenburg, MA/Lunenburg HS) was sixth and third in the 400 meter hurdles in a personal best 58.05 seconds, sophomore Nick Deininger (North Attleboro, MA/North Attleboro HS) sixth and fourth in the 100 hurdles in 16.54 seconds, freshman Hymlaire Lamisere (Newton, MA/Newton North HS) eighth and fourth at 100 meters in 11.45 seconds, the 4 x 100 meter relay team of junior Corey Sleep (Fall River, MA/ Durfee HS), Knuuttila, Markie and Lamisere fourth and second in 44.12 seconds, and the 4 x 400 meter relay team of Knuuttila, Nygaard, senior Tyler Buck (Valley Center, CA/Valley Center HS) and Arneaud third and second in 3:26.44

On the women's side, freshman Brittany Cole (Dartmouth, MA/Dartmouth HS) was fourth and third in the shot put at 35-3 ¼, freshman Stacey Dybel (Littleton, MA/Notre Dame HS) was fourth and second in the 3000 meter steeplechase in 13:04.03, the third best time at UMass Dartmouth, Courtney Chester was sixth and fourth in the 5000 at 20:41.24, freshman Patience Noah (Framingham, MA/Keefe Tech) was seventh and fourth in the javelin at 33-10 ¼, freshman Emily Migre (Whitman, MA/Whitman-Hanson HS) was eighth and fourth in the javelin at 111 feet, 10 inches, junior Jess Carpenter (Rutland, MA/Wachusett Regional HS) was eighth and seventh at 800 meters in 2:29.84, the 4 x 100 meter relay team of Mello-Frost, freshman Kristina Lundquist (Yarmouthport, MA/ Dennis-Yarmouth HS), freshman Sandy Fitzsimmons (West Yarmouth, MA/Dennis-Yarmouth HS) and sophomore Briley Morrill (Whitman, MA/Whitman-Hanson Regional HS) was fifth and third in 52.67 seconds, while the 4 x 400 meter relay team of Migre, freshman Megan Oliveira (Somerset, MA/Somerset HS), freshman Meaghan Bohigian (Barre, MA/Quabbin Regional HS) and Carpenter was sixth and fourth in 4:29.31.

"We had a pretty good day," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve Gardiner. "We're taking steps forward, considering that we don't have people in all of the events right now. It's a credit to our people to have the improvement that they've shown this year. They stepped up in some events that they don't normally compete in to fill in where we needed them."

The Corsairs will return to action at the New England Division III Championships at Springfield next weekend.