Five Corsairs Earn LEC Track Honors

Dec. 12, 2011

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-Five members of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's track and field team have been honored by the Little East Conference.

Sophomore Chris Perry (Providence, RI/Dighton-Rehoboth HS/BCC) was named LEC Men's Field Event Athlete of the Week, sophomore Jessica Masse (Somerville, MA/Somerville HS) was chosen LEC Women's Field Event Athlete of the Week, freshman Phito Gondre (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) was named LEC Men's Rookie Track Athlete of the Week, freshman Jon Williams (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) was named LEC Men's Rookie Field Athlete of the Week, and freshman Katie Sheehan (Scituate, MA/Scituate HS) was named LEC Rookie Runner of the Week.

Perry qualified for the New England Division III Championships, Open New England Championship, and ECAC Championships when he broke the school record in the triple jump at the Harvard Open. His mark of 48 feet, 9 ½ inches places him first nationally among Division III triple jumpers. In his first meet of the season, he finished first at the Jay Carisella Invitational with a leap of 48 feet, 1 ¼ inches. At the Harvard Open, he also was eighth in the 60 meter dash in 7.13 seconds and fifth at 200 meters in 22.79 seconds, the second best time at UMD.

Masse finished fourth in the shot put at Saturday's Harvard Open with a throw of 40 feet, 8 1/4 inches.

Gondre broke the school record for 60 meters at the Harvard Open, finishing second overall with a time of 6.91 seconds, which also ranks first among NCAA Division III competitors. He was also ninth in the long jump at 21 feet, 9 1/2 inches. At the Jay Carisella Invitational, Gondre tied the school record for 55 meters when he ran 6.55 seconds in the trials before finishing third in 6.57 seconds and qualifying for the New England Division III, ECAC and Open New England Championships. He was also second at 200 meters in 22.81 seconds, the second fastest time at UMD, which also qualified him for the New England Division III Championship, and was eighth in the long jump at 20 feet, six inches.

Williams qualified for the New England Division III Championships and ECAC Championships in the long jump at Saturday's Harvard Open. He finished sixth with a leap of 22 feet, 1 1/2 inches, the eighth best mark at UMass Dartmouth. Sheehan was third in the mile at the Harvard Open in 5:36.01, qualifying her for both the New England Division III and ECAC Championships. Her time was the fourth best ever at UMass Dartmouth. At the Jay Carisella Invitational, she was fourth at 1000 meters in 3:05.13, the second best mark at UMD, which qualified her for the New England Division III and ECAC meets. .

"Chris Perry is off to an outstanding start, leading the country in the early part of year," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve Gardiner. "He's a multi-talented student-athlete, and he is picking upo where he left off last indoor season. Phito Gondre is also leading the country with his 6.91 time. Having coached him during his freshman year at New Bedford High School, it's good to see him get off to a great start. He has not lost to a collegian yet this year. Jon Williams also ran for my team at New Bedford High when he was in the 10th grade. He's a hard worker. He took a year off and is just getting back in gear, and he's off to a nice start. Jessica opened up her season right where she left off last season. She is one of the top female throwers in the Northeast region, and she has a bright future ahead of her. Katie was just named Rookie of the Year for cross country, and she also picked up where she left off, running a personal best in the mile. She's a hard worker, very committed, and a pleasure to work with."

The Corsairs will break for the holidays, and return to action at Rhode Island January 13th.

UMASS DARTMOUTH TRACK AND FIELD