Distance Runners Shine as Women's Track Begins Spring Semester Action

Courtney Testa and Meaghan Bohigian

Senior Courtney Testa

Senior Courtney Testa

KINGSTON, RI-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's track and field team turned in several good performance in their first action of the spring semester on the first day of action at the two-day Sorlien Memorial Invitational at the Henry H. Mackal Fieldhouse Friday. The men's events will take place Saturday. No team scores were recorded in the women's part of the meet.

At 800 meters, senior Meaghan Bohigian (Barre, MA/Quabbin Regional HS) finished first in 2:21.72, breaking the school indoor record in the process. Freshman Katie Sheehan (Scituate, MA/Scituate HS) finished fourth in 2:22.82. Both runners qualified for the New England Division III Championships, while Bohigian also qualified for the Eastern College Athletic Conference Championships.

At 200 meters, junior Jillian Van Ness (Agawam, MA/Agawam HS) was first in her heat and seventh overall in 26.74 seconds. At 3000 meters, senior Courtney Testa (Hopkinton, MA/Hopkinton HS) was fourth in 10:43.39, which was her personal best indoors.

In the shot put, sophomore Jessica Masse (Somerville, MA/Somerville HS) finished sixth overall at 39 feet, 7 3/4 inches. Sophomore Ezra Banks (Boston, MA/Newton South HS) was fourth in the triple jump at 32 feet, 10 1/2 inches, while freshman Megan Cutler (Attleboro, MA/Attleboro HS) tied for sixth in the high jump at four feet, 11 inches.

"As a group, our distance runners ran the best of our collective group," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve Gardiner. "(Freshman) Carolyn Cornell (Abington, MA/Cardinal Spellman) finished in 5:38, which was a 16 second improvement off her personal best. Our whole crew ran very well. We were a little rusty in the other events."

The men will compete tomorrow, and both teams will return to action at Springfield next Saturday.