Four School Records Fall as Track Prepares for Conference Championships

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Junior Jillian Van Ness

Junior Jillian Van Ness

MEDFORD, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's indoor track and field team broke four school records on their final day of preparation for next weekend's conference championships at Saturday's Tufts Invitational at the Gantcher Center.

The men scored 87.5 points and finished second of 21 teams, while the women scored 48 points and were sixth of nine teams. Host Tufts finished first in both meets, the men scoring 125 points and the women 192.

The women broke three school records. Junior Jillian Van Ness (Agawam, MA/Agawam HS), who tied the school 60 meter dash record last week, broke it when she finished second in 7.87 seconds, the 14th best time in the nation this year. The 4 x 200 meter relay team of Van Ness, sophomore Lauren Roche (Norfolk, MA/King Philip Regional HS), sophomore Isabelle Pierre (Port-au-Prince, Haiti/.West Roxbury HS) and sophomore Ezra Banks (Boston, MA/Newton South HS) finished second in a school record time of 1:48.53, while the 4 x 800 meter relay team of senior Megan Oliveira (Somerset, MA/Somerset HS), senior Courtney Testa (Hopkinton, MA/Hopkinton HS), freshman Katie Sheehan (Scituate, MA/Scituate HS) and senior Meaghan Bohigian (Barre, MA/Quabbin Regional HS) finished first in a school record time of 9:43.58.

Bohigian finished second at 600 meters in the second best time in school history, 1:40.35, sophomore Jessica Masse (Somerville, MA/Somerville HS) turned in the second best UMD performance in the weight throw, finishing eighth in 43 feet, 8 ¾ inches, and was fourth in the shot out at 39- 6 ½, sophomore Kim Urena (Marlborough, MA/Marlborough HS) was third at 400 meters in 61.54 seconds, and senior Brittany Cole (Dartmouth, MA/Dartmouth HS) was seventh in the shot put at 36-4 ½.

For the men, the school record performance came from sophomore Matt Hinthorne (Braintree, MA/Braintree HS), who won at 600 meters in 1:23.02. The 4 x 80 meter relay team of freshman Matt Ferro (Halifax, MA/Silver Lake HS), junior Scott Connolly (Sharon, MA/Sharon HS), sophomore Zach Switaj (Tamworth, NH/Kennett Regional HS) and Hinthorne finished first in 8:01.22, while sophomore Chris Perry (Providence, RI/Dighton-Rehoboth HS/BCC) won the long jump at 22 feet, 3 ¼ inches and freshman Jon Williams (Nee Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS ) was third at 21 feet, ½ inch.

At 400 meters, junior Gerald Arneaud (Dorchester, MA/Newton South HS) was second in 50.58 seconds, the second best time at UMD. At 60 meters, senior Hymlaire Lamisere (Newton, MA/Newton North HS/Iona) was third in 7.16 seconds, Perry was fifth in 7.17 seconds and freshman Francois Cherduville (Brockton, MA/ Brockton HS) was seventh at 7.28. Perry was fourth at 200 meters in 23.11 seconds, freshman Aaron Amado (Randolph, MA/Thayer Academy) was fourth in the high jump at 6-3 ¼ and , freshman Adam Jones (Amesbury, MA/Triton Regional HS) finished sixth at 5-11 ¼. In the shot put, sophomore Chris Cole (Dartmouth, MA/Dartmouth HS) was fifth at 46 feet, while senior Robert Yarbough (Fall River, MA/Durfee HS) was sixth at 45-7. And the 4 x 200 meter relay team of freshman Kanoa Culverhouse (Salisbury, MA/Triton Regional HS), freshman Matt Barber (East Falmouth, MA/Falmouth HS), freshman Sean O'Brien (Northborough, MA/Algonquin Regional HS) and freshman Jake Texeira (Seekonk, MA/Seekonk HS) finished fifth in 1:37.87.

"We moved some people around in trying to tune up for next week, and I was certainly pleased with our performances," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve Gardiner. "Jillian Van Ness has worked hard for three years, and Matt Hinthorne's performance on this type of track was impressive."

The Corsairs will return to action at the Little East Conference and New England Alliance Championships next Saturday.