Jan. 22, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's indoor track and field team turned in some strong performances at the Springfield Invitational at Blake Track Saturday.
UMass Dartmouth's men finished fifth in an eight-team field with 74 points. MIT was first with 225 points. The women were seventh of nine teams with 31 points. MIT finished first with 206.5 points.
Freshman Chris Perry (Attleboro, MA/Dighton-Rehoboth HS/BCC) won the triple jump with a leap of 46 feet, four inches, was third in the long jump at 21 feet, nine inches, and finished fourth in the 55 meter dash in 6.67 seconds, qualifying him for the Division III New England Championships. He also led off the 4 x 200 meter relay, which finished first in 1:34.11 and also included sophomore Jesse Perrin (Somerset, MA/Somerset HS), graduate student Corey Sleep (Fall River, MA/Durfee HS), and junior Hymlaire Lamisere (Newton, MA/Newton North/Iona). Perry scored 18 points, and contributed to the relay, which scored another 10 points.
At 800 meters, senior Eric Nygaard (Medway, MA/Medway HS) was second in 1:57.85, just one-hundredth of a second out of first place. His time was third best at UMD indoors, and qualified him for the Division III New England Championships. At 600 meters, sophomore Matt Hinthorne (Braintree, MA/Braintree HS) was third in 1:25.34, sophomore Kyle Costa (Somerset, MA/Somerset HS/Vermont) was fifth in 1:26.11, and sophomore Scott Connolly (Sharon, MA/Sharon HS) sixth in 1:26.32.
Nick Santoro was sixth at 3000 meters in 8:57.95, junior Brian McArdle (Winchester, MA/Winchester HS) was sixth in the 55 meter hurdles in 8.21 seconds, and freshman Chris Cole (Dartmouth, MA/Dartmouth HS) was seventh in the shot put at 44-11, the fifth best mark at UMD. Freshman Conway King (Boston, MA/O'Bryant HS) was seventh in the weight throw at 46 feet, four inches, while junior Robert Yarbough (Fall River, MA/ Durfee HS) was eighth at 44-6. The 4 x 400 meter relay team of senior Tyler Buck, Connolly, Costa and Hinthorne was fourth in 3:33.68, while the 4 x 800 meter relay team of senior Steve Burke (Norwell, MA/Norwell HS), freshman Chris Jordan (Taunton, MA/Taunton HS), junior Kevin Cordero (Hanson, MA/Whitman-Hanson Regional HS) and freshman Zach Switaj (Tamworth, NH/Kennett Regional HS) was seventh in 8:54.98.
For the women, freshman Ezra Banks (Boston, MA/Newton South HS) was third ion the 55 meter dash in 7.49 seconds, .sophomore Jillian Van Ness (Agawam, MA/Agawam HS) was eighth in the same event at 7.69; sophomore Kim Urena (Marlborough, MA/Marlborough HS) was third at 600 meters in 1:41.51, while junior Meagan Bohigian (Barre, MA/Quabbin Regional HS) was seventh in 1:46.67 and also seventh at 3000 meters in 11:01.59, the ninth best mark at UMass Dartmouth. In the shot put, freshman Jessica Masse (Somerville, MA/Somerville HS) was second at 40 feet, 8 1.4 inches, junior Brittany Cole (Dartmouth, MA/Dartmouth HS) was ninth at 35-10 ½, and the 4 x 200 meter relay team of Van Ness, freshman Lauren Roche (Norfolk, MA/King Philip Regional HS), senior Briley Morrill (Whitman, MA/Whitman-Hanson Regional HS) and Banks was fifth in 1:53.60.
"Both teams are heading in the right direction," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve Gardiner. "The guys were right in the mix with Tufts, Springfield, Wheaton and Coast Guard, which shows how far they've come in the last few years. The women lost to Westfield by five points, and they're always one of the top teams in the (New England) Alliance, which puts us in a good position. We're three weeks from conference, and we're looking forward to getting stronger in the next few weeks." The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Boston University next weekend.
UMASS DARTMOUTH TRACK AND FIELD