Women Third, Men Fifth at Springfield Invitational

Jan. 23, 2010

SPRINGFIELD, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's indoor track and field team turned in a solid performance at the Springfield Invitational at Blake Track Saturday.

The women finished third in a six-team field, while the men were fifth of six teams. The women scored 66 points, trailing champion Bowdoin, who had 196, and the host Pride, who scored 162. Following UMD were Westfield State with 62.5, Eastern Connecticut State with 39 and Coast Guard with 28. Springfield won the men's meet with 129 points, Bowdoin had 104, Coast Guard had 94.5 and Westfield State 91. The Corsairs scored 74.5 points, and ECSU followed with 31.

For the women, freshman Kim Urena (Marlborough, MA/Marlborough HS) set a school record while finishing third at 600 meters in 1:43.69 and qualifying for the Division III New England Championships. Junior Jermai Harrison (Brockton, MA/Brockton HS) won the shot put with a throw of 40 feet, 1 ½ inches and qualified for the ECAC Championships, while sophomore Brittany Cole (Dartmouth, MA/Dartmouth HS) was sixth at 32-4 ¾. In the 55 meter hurdles, junior Linee Mello-Frost (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) was second in 8.72 seconds, losing by four-hundredths of a second after finishing in an apparent dead heat. She was also fourth at 55 meters in 7.84. At 1000 meters, sophomore Megan Oliveira (Somerset, MA/Somerset HS) was second in 3:17.76, while sophomore Meghan Bohigian (Barre, MA/Quabbin Regional HS) was sixth in 3:22.26. Freshman Jillian Van Ness (Agawam, MA/Agawam HS) was third at 55 meters in 7.75 seconds, and sixth at 200 meters in 29.14. Senior Jess Carpenter (Rutland, MA/Wachusett HS) was fifth at 800 meters in 2:30.64, sophomore Caitlin McGarigal (Shutesbury, MA/Amherst-Pelham Regional HS) was sixth in the mile in 5:34.63 in the seventh fastest performance in school history, sophomore Alison O'Rourke (Weymouth, MA/Weymouth HS) was fourth in the long jump at 15-10 ¼ and qualified for the New England Division III Championships, and the 4 x 200 meter relay team of Van Ness, O'Rourke, freshman Jamie Zizza (Stoneham, MA/Stoneham HS) and junior Briley Morrill (Whitman, MA/Whitman-Hanson Regional HS) was second in 1:57.90, while Morrill moving the Corsairs from fourth to second on the race's final leg.

For the men, sophomore Robert Yarbough (Fall River, MA/Durfee HS) was first in the shot put at 47 feet, 3 ¾ inches, the third best throw at UMD. Junior Kevin Markie (North Attleboro, MA/North Attleboro HS/Nichols) finished second in the triple jump at 45 feet, ½ inch, the fourth best mark in school history. The Corsairs placed five finalists in the 55 meter hurdles, with sophomore Brian McArdle (Winchester, MA/Winchester HS) second in 8.07 seconds, junior Nick Deininger (North Attleboro, MA/North Attleboro HS) third in 8.12, junior James Morgan (Stoneham, MA/Stoneham HS/Assumption) fifth in 8.28 seconds, junior Jeff Beal (Townsend, MA/ North Middlesex HS) sixth in 8.37, and junior Marcus Williams (Worcester, MA/Doherty HS) eighth in 8.46. McArdle's time was the sixth best time at UMD, Deininger's was eighth best, and Morgan and Beal qualified for the Division III New England Championships. In the long jump, senior J.T. Harold (North Andover, MA/ Austin Prep) was second at 22 feet, three inches, while freshman Kaylin Miranda (Brighton, MA/O'Bryant HS) was third at 21-6 ¾. Sophomore Kevin Gilmore (Hanson, MA/Whitman-Hanson HS) was third in the mile in 4:29.93, junior Eric Nygaard (Medway, MA/Medway HS) was second at 1000 meters in 2:37.31, senior Matt Lemanski (East Longmeadow, MA/East Longmeadow HS) was third at 800 meters in 2:05.42, junior Steve Burke (Norwell, MA/Norwell HS) was fourth at 3000 meters in 8:52.74 and qualified for the Division III New Englands with the ninth fastest time in school history, and sophomore Hymlaire Lamisere (Newton, MA/ Newton North HS/Iona) was sixth at 55 meters in 6:66, which was the fourth fastest time at UMD.

"I was very pleased that the women were able to finish third," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve Gardiner. "It was a credit to their effort, and it shows the progress we are making as a team. The field for the guys meet was a little deeper, and it shows that we are closing the gap. We need more depth and more balance on both sides. Robert Yarbough has worked very hard and is establishing himself as one of the top Division III throwers in New England, Kevin Markie is coming on, it was good to see Jermai get over 40 feet for the first time this year, and Megan Oliveira won the seeded section of her race but was beaten on time by someone from the unseeded section."

The Corsairs will return to action Friday evening at the Boston Indoor Games at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston.

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