School Records Fall at Track Opener

Dec. 4, 2010

BOSTON, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's track and field team turned in a strong performance in their season opener, the Jay Carisella Track and Field Invitational, hosted by Northeastern at the Reggie Lewis Center Saturday. No team scores were recorded at the meet.

The women broke three school records. Freshman Jessica Masse (Somerville, MA/Somerville HS) finished fourth in the shot put, and her throw of 41 feet, 3 ¾ inches qualified her for both the Division III New England Championships and the Open New England Championships. In the triple jump, freshman Ezra Banks (Boston, MA/Newton South HS) was fifth with a jump of 35 feet, 11 ½ inches, which broke the school record and qualified her for the Division III and Open New England Championships. At 500 meters, sophomore Kim Urena (Marlborough, MA/Marlborough HS) broke her own school record when she finished seventh in 1:20.97.

Banks also made the finals in the 55 meter dash, running 7.47 seconds in the trials (the third fastest time in school history) before finishing seventh in 7.49 seconds. Freshman Dekontee Chea (Chelmsford, MA/Chelmsford HS) was sixth at 800 meters in 2:26.52, junior Meaghan Bohigian (Barre, MA/Quabbin Regional HS) finished in 11:12.79 and junior Courtney Testa (Hopkinton, MA/Hopkinton HS) finished in 11:18.79 at 3000 meters, and the 4 x 400 meter relay team of Chea, freshman Lauren Roche (Norfolk, MA/King Phillip Regional HS), freshman Isabel Pierre (Mattapan, MA/West Roxbury HS) and Urena finished in 4:18.65.

For the men, freshman Brandon Higgins (Wareham, MA/Upper Cape Cod Regional VO Tech HS) tied the school record when he finished fourth in the high jump at six feet, six inches. He qualified for the Division III, Open New England and ECAC Championships. Sophomores Kyle Costa (Somerset, MA/Somerset HS/Vermont) and Matt Hinthorne (Braintree, MA/Braintree HS) qualified for the Division III New England Championships when they ran 1:07.37 and 1:08.13 at 500 meters, respectively. Junior Hymlaire Lamisere (Newton, MA/Newton North HS/Iona) finished the 55 meter dash in 6.69 seconds; senior Eric Nygaard (Medway, MA/Medway HS) ran 9:03.92 at 3000 meters, and the 4 x 400 meter relay team of sophomore Jesse Perrin (Somerset, MA/Somerset HS), sophomore Scott Connolly (Sharon, MA/Sharon HS), Hinthorne and Costa finished in 3:33.18.

"I was very pleased to see the women break three school records in our opening meet," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve Gardner. "On the guys' side, we showed some signs of what we can be. It was great for Jessica Masse to start out the way she did, Kim Urena was very impressive, and for Brandon Higgins to open with a 6-6 jump and have Matt and Kyle do what they did really bodes well for the future."

The Corsairs will return to action at the Harvard Open next Saturday.

UMASS DARTMOUTH TRACK AND FIELD