Sept. 18, 2010
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's cross country team finished fifth out of 36 teams and the women were 12th in a 39-team field at the annual UMass Dartmouth Invitational at the UMD Athletic Complex on Shrine Day Saturday.
The Corsair men scored 199 points, one behind sixth-place Springfield and 14 ahead of seventh-place Salisbury. Keene State was first with 73 points. The UMD women scored 378 points, four in back of 11th-place Salve Regina, and 35 in front of 13th-place Springfield. Wellesley was first with 41 points.
Senior Nick Santoro (Shrewsbury, MA/St. John's HS) of the Corsairs finished 21st in the men's race in 25:21, senior Derek Stevens (Swampscott, MA/Swampscott) finished 30th in 25:34, junior Kevin Gilmore (Hanson, MA/Whitman-Hanson HS) was 35th in 25:41, senior Eric Nygaard (Medway, MA/Medway HS) was 53rd in 26:09, junior Steve Burke (Norwell, MA/Norwell HS) was 75th in 26:34, freshman Cody Gibney (New Bedford, MA/Greater New Bedford Vo Tech HS) finished 152nd in 28"20, and freshman Steve Dowsett (Pittsfield, MA/Pittsfield HS) finished 189th in 29:29.
For the women, freshman Dekontee Chea (Chelmsford, MA/Chelmsford HS) finished 21st in 18:50, junior Meaghan Bohigian (Barre, MA/Quabbin Regional HS) was 37th in 19:22, junior Courtney Testa (Hopkinton, MA/Hopkinton) finished 68th in 20:00, freshman Brittany Lyons (South Yarmouth, MA/Dennis-Yarmouth HS) finished 135th in 20:53, freshman Kelci Sullivan (Hanson, MA/Whitman-Hanson HS) finished 145th in 21:00, junior Megan Oliveira (Somerset, MA/Somerset HS) was 157th in 21:11, junior Stacey Dybel (Littleton, MA/Notre Dame Academy) was 180th in 21:34, and senior Katie Galindo (Melrose, MA/Stoneham) finished 244th in 23:58.
Men's sub-varsity finishers included junior Jeff Keys (Scituate, MA/Scituate HS), who was 105th in 29:05, senior Wes Meserve (Merrimack, MA/Merrimack HS) was 106th in 29:05, junior Kevin Cordaro (Whitman, MA/Whitman) was 140th in 26:50, and freshman Chris Jordan (Taunton, MA/Taunton HS) was 151st in 30:17.
"Both teams did well," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Jon Hird. "We had topflight competition this week, and we rose to the challenge. We had a great top three effort from our men, with Nick Santoro, Derek Stevens and Kevin Gilmore, but our fourth and fifth guys, Eric Nygaard and Steve Burke, are getting closer to our top three. Nick now has the ninth best mark on our course, Derek moved up to 11th and Kevin is now 13th."
"For the women, Dekontee had one of the races of the day, as did Megan Bohigian," Hird continued. "Dekontee moved up to seventh on our all-time list, and Megan is now 20th and ran one of the best races of her career at UMass Dartmouth. Brittany Lyons ran faster than she did last week, Kelci Sullivan continues to improve, and Courtney Testa, whose goal was to break 20 minutes, ran exactly 20 minutes. The women did a good job moving up, and made a significant improvement this year."
The Corsairs will return to action when they travel to the Codfish Bowl at Franklin Park in Boston next Saturday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH CROSS COUNTRY