Men First, Women Third at Roger Williams Invitational

Sept. 12, 2009

BRISTOL, RI-For the second year in a row, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's cross country team has won their opening meet.

The Corsairs scored 40 points and took first place in an eight-team field at the Roger Williams Invitational at Colt State Park Saturday. Bridgewater State was second with 68 points, and the host Hawks third with 71. The women finished third in their eight-team field with 81 points, 29 points ahead of Wheelock. RWU was first with 34 points and Salve Regina was second with 51. Both races were five kilometers in distance.

Junior Nick Santoro (Shrewsbury, MA/St. John's HS) of the Corsairs won the men's race in 16:21, senior Tim Whelan (Abington, MA/Abington HS) was eighth in 16:44, junior Eric Nygaard (Medway, MA/Medway HS) was ninth in 16:46, freshman Jeremy Francisco (Dartmouth, MA/Darmouth HS) 10th in 16:47, sophomore Kevin Gilmore (Hanson, MA/Whitman-Hanson HS) was 12th in 16:57, freshman Sam Benoit (Swansea, MA/Diman Regional Vocational HS) was 16th in 17:31, sophomore Steve Burke (Norwell, MA/Norwell HS) was 17th in 17:32, sophomore Ryan Sechovicz (Kingston, MA/Silver Lake Regional HS) 27th in 18:05, freshman Brad Spooner (Carver, MA/Carver HS) was 40th in 18:46, junior Wes Meserve (Merrimack, MA/Merrimack HS) was 46th in 19:10, Kevin Cordaro was 61st in 20:21, and sophomore Joe Collins (West Roxbury, MA/Norfolk Agricultural Vo Tech) was 71st in 21:10.

For the women, sophomore Caitlin McGarrigal (Shutesbury, MA/Amherst Regional HS) was third in 20:30, sophomore Megan Oliveira (Somerset, MA/Somerset HS) was 12th in 21:36, sophomore Tessa McGrail (Shrewsbury, MA/Shrewsbury HS) was 23rd in 22:19, sophomore Stacey Dybel (Littleton, MA/Notre Dame Academy) was 26th in 22:30, senior Jess Carpenter (Rutland, MA/Wachusett Regional HS) was 28th in 22:35, freshman Rachel Leblanc (Berkley, MA/Somerset HS) was 39th in 23:18, sophomore Emily Migre (Whitman, MA/Whitman-Hanson HS) was 48th in 23:48, sophomore Meaghan Bohigian (Barre, MA/Quabbin Regional HS) was 50th in 23:49, and freshman Rachael Kasanoff (Quincy, MA/Quincy HS) was 66th in 25:22.

"Obviously, we had some pleasant surprises," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Jon Hird. "Nick did a very good job in winning the men's race, and Caitlin ran well for the women, taking third in her first cross country race ever. The men did a good job of bunching up, they went 8-9-10-12 and were only 13 seconds apart. Jeremy Francisco also ran very well. For the women, Megan Oliveira was significantly improved from last year, and the women's team is healthier this year than they were last year."

The Corsairs will return to action when they host the annual UMass Dartmouth Invitational next Saturday.

UMASS DARTMOUTH CROSS COUNTRY