Four Earn LEC Track and Field Honors

March 28, 2011

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-Four members of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's outdoor track and field team have been honored by the Little East Conference for their performances in the opening meet of the outdoor season at the Bridgewater Invitational Saturday.

Sophomore Jillian Van Ness (Agawam, MA/Agawam HS) has been named LEC Women's Track Athlete of the Week, freshman Lauren Roche (Norfolk, MA/King Phillip Regional HS) was named LEC Rookie Women's Field Athlete of the Week, sophomore Kyle Costa (Somerset, MA/Somerset HS/Vermont) was named LEC Rookie Men's Track Athlete of the Week, and freshman Joe Texeira (Seekonk, MA/Seekonk HS) was named LEC Rookie Men's Field Athlete of the Week.

Van Ness was a member of the 4 x 100 meter relay team that finished first in 52.90 seconds. She also finished fourth at 100 meters in 12.81 seconds, qualifying for the New England Division III Championships with the fifth best time at UMass Dartmouth, and was fourth at 200 meters in 27.41 seconds. Roche was third in the long jump at 15-2, and fourth in the triple jump at 33-5, the eighth best mark at UMass Dartmouth. Costa, who is in his first year competing in intercollegiate track and field, finished first in the 400 meter hurdles in 59.85 seconds. Texeira was second in the javelin at 185 feet, 10 inches, the fifth best throw at UMD, which qualified him for the Division III New England Championships. He also finished third in the discus at 125-11.

"I was extremely pleased with the way Jillian ran on Saturday," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve Gardiner. "For her to open up as a sophomore running 12.81 in 35 degree weather is an indication of how well she's going to run this season. Lauren has had to overcome a difficult class schedule. She has had to practice at odd times and in the evening, and I'm very pleased to see that her hard work has paid off. Kyle ran a very solid race, running the 400 meter hurdles for the first time in two years in adverse weather conditions. He is coming off a great indoor season, and we expect some very good performances from him throughout the spring. Joe has been impressive throughout the pre-season and during practice, and we expected him to do well. He is a hard worked, is very coachable, and is just starting to scratch the surface of how far he is going to be throwing."

The Corsairs will return to action at the Bryant Invitational this Saturday.

UMASS DARTMOUTH TRACK AND FIELD