Junior Jillian Van Ness
BOSTON, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's indoor track and field team turned in some strong performances on the first day of action at the two-day Open New England Championships at the Boston University Track and Tennis Center Friday.
For the men, sophomore Matt Hinthorne (Braintree, MA/Braintree HS) ran the eighth fastest time at 500 meters, finishing in 1:05.27. That allowed him to advance to Saturday's finals.
At 400 meters, junior Gerald Arneaud (Dorchester, MA/Newton South HS) set a school record when he ran 400 meters in 49.52 seconds, just missing the finals by two-tenths of a second. Senior Robert Yarbough (Fall River, MA/Durfee HS) was seventh in the 35 pound weight throw at 57 feet, 11 ¼ inches. At 1000 meters, sophomore Zach Switaj (Tamworth, NH/Kennett Regional HS) ran the fifth fastest time in school history at 2:33.75, and freshman Matt Ferro (Halifax, MA/Silver Lake HS) ran the sixth best time in school history at 2:35.45, but both missed the finals.
For the women, the distance medley relay team of senior Meaghan Bohigian (Barre, MA/Quabbin Regional HS), junior Jillian Van Ness (Agawam, MA/Agawam HS), freshman Katie Sheehan (Scituate, MA/Scituate HS) and senior Courtney Testa (Hopkinton, MA/Hopkinton HS) set a school record when they finished 11th in 12:15.75. Testa ran the anchor leg, and ran her mile in 5:09. At 60 meters, Van Ness ran 7.91 seconds, and qualified for Saturday's semi-finals.
"Overall, it was a good day on both sides," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve Gardiner. "The women set a school record in one event and advanced in the other. It was good to see Gerald Arneaud set a school record, he was away from track for two years and he's been chasing this mark all year. Zach Switaj and Matt Ferro have been improving all year, and Matt Hinthorne is hoping to do what he did last year, come back and score in this meet."
The meet will conclude Saturday.