Corsairs Perform Well on First Day at URI

Jan. 14, 2011

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

Freshman Ezra Banks (Boston, MA/Newton South HS) placed in all three of her events, and broke her own school triple jump record in the process. She finished fourth in the triple jump at 36 feet, 1 ¼ inches; placed fourth in the 55 meter dash in 7.48 seconds after running 7.43 seconds in the trials, and finished fifth at 200 meters in 27.46 seconds. Sophomore Jillian Van Ness (Agawam, MA/Agawam HS) placed in both of her events, finishing eighth at 55 meters in 7.72 seconds after running 7.58 seconds in the trials, and finishing sixth at 200 meters in 27.48 seconds.

Junior Meagan Bohigian (Barre, MA/Quabbin Regional HS) finished 11th in the mile in 5:36.72, junior Brittany Cole (Dartmouth, MA/Dartmouth HS) was 14th in the shot put at 34 feet, six inches, and freshman Caitlin Dorr (Foxboro, MA/Foxboro HS) finished ninth in the high jump at four feet, nine inches. The field included Division I schools Brown, Massachusetts, and Holy Cross and host URI as well as the Corsairs and fellow Little East Conference member Southern Maine.

"It gives us a barometer of where we are after coming out of the break," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve Gardiner. "The people who did well are in a good position right now. We have a few more who got a late start or were nursing injuries, and hopefully, they'll be back in full force when we go to Springfield next week. To be able to perform as well as they did early in the season on a flat track is good, and hopefully, we can continue to improve throughout the season."

The men will compete tomorrow, and the entire team will return to action when they visit Springfield next Saturday.

UMASS DARTMOUTH TRACK AND FIELD