April 12, 2014

Nkwah Breaks Triple Jump Record At Westfield State

WESTFIELD, Mass. -- Freshman Esther Nkwah  (Roslindale, Mass.) broke the triple jump record to highlight the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth women's outdoor track and field teams performance this afternoon in a duel meet against Westfield State University.  In the non-scoring team meet, the Corsairs captured seven events.

Nkwah helped UMass Dartmouth earn a 1-2-3 finish in the triple jump, pacing the Corsairs' contingent with a leap of 11.27 meters (36-11.75).  She surpassed the previous standard that was set by Carla Poirier (36-02) in 1993.  Senior Ezra Banks (Roxbury, Mass.) covered 10.32 meters (33-10.25), while freshman Meaghan Shurtleff (Dartmouth, Mass.) placed third with a mark of 10.30 meters (33-09.50).

Junior Bailey Burke (South Yarmouth, Mass.) turned in a strong showing in the throwing events, penning three top-2 performances into her ledger.  Burke won the hammer throw (41.15m, 135-00), while placing second in the discus (34.30m, 112-06) and the shot put (10.67m, 35-00.25).  Burke qualified for the New England Division III Championships in the discus and hammer events. 

Junior Meghan Cutler (Attleboro, Mass.) cleared the bar at 1.45 meters (4-09.00) to win the high jump event.

Sophomore Summer Jones (East Bridgewater, Mass.) broke 60 seconds for the first time in her career to capture the 400-meter dash with a time of 59.62 seconds.  Jones winning time advanced her to the New England Division III Championships in May.  Classmate LaQuaysia Anderson-Jenkins (Brighton, Mass.) placed second in the 100-meter and 200-meter dash, respectively.  Anderson-Jenkins flashed across the finish line in the 100-meter dash in 12.77 seconds, while tripping the timer in the 200-meter dash with an Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) qualifying time of 25.66 seconds. 

Junior Jessica Connor (Worcester, Mass.) was the first runner across the finish line in the 1,500-meter run, posting a winning time of five minutes, 12.17 seconds. Shurtleff defeated a field of five competitors in the 400-meter hurdles (1:10.66) to complete the UMD individual winners.

The Corsairs' 4x100-meter relay team of sophomore Barbara Okafor (Hyde Park, Mass.), Banks, Nkwah, and Anderson-Jenkins combined to win the race with a time of 49.62 seconds. 

UMass Dartmouth will return to action on Saturday, April 19, when the Corsairs travel to Springfield College.