January 27, 2012

Women's Track Breaks Records at Terrier Classic

Junior Jillian Van Ness

Junior Jillian Van Ness

BOSTON, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's track and field team broke two school records and turned in several good performance on the first day of action at the two-day Boston University Terrier Classic at the Boston University Track and Tennis Center Friday. The men's events will take place Saturday. No team scores were recorded at the meet.

At 800 meters, freshman Katie Sheehan (Scituate, MA/Scituate HS) won her heat and finished in 2:18.15, breaking the school record. At 200 meters, two Corsairs cracked the mark. Junior Jillian Van Ness (Agawam, MA/Agawam HS) broke her own school record when she finished in 25.98 seconds, while sophomore Ezra Banks (Boston, MA/Newton South HS) finished in 26.26 seconds, the second fastest time in school history. Sophomore Lauren Roche (Norfolk, MA/King Philip Regional HS) posted the seventh best time in school history, 27.70 seconds, while sophomore Cindy Verdieu(Brockton, MA/Trinity Catholic HS/Curry) posted the eighth best time at UMD when she finished in 27.74 seconds.

In the mile, senior Meaghan Bohigian (Barre, MA/Quabbin Regional HS) missed breaking the school record by eight hundredths of a second, finishing in 5:12.22, the second best time ever at UMD. At 3000 meters, senior Courtney Testa (Hopkinton, MA/Hopkinton HS) finished in 10:34.51, the sixth best time in school history. In the weight throw, senior Brittany Cole (Dartmouth, MA/Dartmouth HS) finished at 40 feet, five inches, while sophomore Jessica Masse(Somerville, MA/Somerville HS) threw the shot put 40 feet, 4 ¼ inches.

"We came here to run some fast times, and we accomplished that," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve Gardiner. "I was glad to see Katie and Meagan and Ezra run well, but I'm not surprised, wince they've been running well all year. It was good to see Jessica and Brittany go over 40 feet again. We came here and pretty much accomplished what we wanted."

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