Feb. 14, 2009
GORHAM, ME-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's indoor track and field teams finished third and fifth at the Little East Conference Championships at the Costello Sports Complex Saturday. The men scored 73 points and were third of six teams behind host Southern Maine and Keene State, while the women scored 65 points and finished behind Southern Maine, Rhode Island College, Keene State and Eastern Connecticut State in the six-team field. In the New England Alliance Championships, which were held concurrently and included LEC and Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference teams, the women scored 36 points and were seventh of 11 teams, while the men scored 61 points and were fifth of 10 teams.
Four Corsairs were conference champions. Sophomore Jermai Harrison (Brockton, MA/Brockton HS) finished first in the shot put, and broke the school record, the LEC record and the New England Alliance mark with a throw of 40 feet, 4 ¾ inches. Sophomore Linee Mello-Frost (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) was first in the 55 meter hurdles in 9.02 seconds. Senior Tyler Buck (Valley Center, CA/Valley Center HS) won LEC and Alliance championships at 600 meters in a school record time of 1:24.04, and freshman Gerald Arneaud (Dorchester, MA/Newton South HS) won the LEC title at 400 meters and was fifth overall in 51.54 seconds.
For the women, in the shot put, freshman Brittany Cole (Dartmouth, MA/Dartmouth HS) was seventh at 33 feet, 8 ½ inches, while senior Hillary Baker was eighth at 33-7. In the hurdles, freshman Kristina Lundquist (Yarmouthport, MA/ Dennis-Yarmouth HS) was seventh in the Alliance and sixth in the LEC in 9.88 seconds after posting a time of 9.36 seconds in the trials. Junior Jess Carpenter (Rutland, MA/Wachusett Regional HS) was third in the LEC and fourth overall at 1000 meters, and her time of 3:10.87 was the second best in school history, and allowed her to qualify for the Division III New England Championships. In the high jump, freshman Alison O'Rourke (Weymouth, MA/Weymouth HS) was third in the LEC and sixth overall at four feet, 11 inches. In the 4 x 400 meter relay, the team of Carpenter, freshman Meaghan Bohigian (Barre, MA/Quabbin Regional HS), freshman Megan Oliveira (Somerset, MA/Somerset HS) and freshman Stacey Dybel (Littleton, MA/Notre Dame HS) was fourth in the LEC and sixth overall in 4:41.19. And in the 4 x 200 meter relay, the team of O'Rourke, Lundquist, freshman Emily Hall (Seekonk, MA/Seekonk HS) and sophomore Briley Morrill (Whitman, MA/Whitman-Hanson HS) was fifth in the LEC in 1:58.20.
For the men, four hurdlers made the 55 meter hurdle finals. Sophomore Marcus Williams (Worcester, MA/Doherty HS) was third overall and in the LEC at 8.17 seconds, sophomore James Morgan (Stoneham, MA/Stoneham HS/Assumption) was fourth overall and in the LEC in 8.38 seconds, sophomore Nick Deininger (North Attleboro, MA/North Attleboro HS) was sixth overall and fifth in the LEC in 8.48 seconds, and sophomore Jeff Beal (Townsend, MA/North Middlesex HS) was eighth overall and sixth in the LEC in 8.56. Williams was also fifth in the LEC in the long jump at 19 feet, 10 inches. Sophomore Eric Nygaard (Medway, MA/Medway HS) was second in both the Alliance and the LEC at 1000 meters in 2:36.11, graduate student Eric Holmes (Abington, MA/Abington HS) was sixth overall and fifth in the LEC in the mile in 4:27.08, junior Matt Lemanski (East Longmeadow, MA/East Longmeadow HS) was fifth overall and third in the LEC at 800 meters in 2:02.92, junior Derek Stevens (Swampscott, MA/Swampscott HS) was fourth overall and third in the LEC at 3000 meters in 9:00.84, and senior Jimmy Knuuttila (Lunenburg, MA/Lunenburg HS) was fourth in the LEC in the high jump at 5-7 ½ and sixth in the LEC in the 55 meter dash in 6.90 seconds. The 4 x 400 meter relay team of Buck, freshman Tom Barry (Wilmington, MA/Wilmington HS), freshman Charles Nyamekye (Framingham, MA/ Framingham HS), and Arneaud was third overall and second in the LEC in 3:31.78, while the 4 x 800 meter relay team of Lemanski, junior Tim Whelan (Abington, MA/Abington HS), sophomore Andrew Yingling (Centerville, MA/Barnstable HS/Cape Cod CC) and Nygaard was third both overall and in the LEC in 8:22.78.
"I was very pleased with our performance," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve Gardiner. "Jermai did a nice job setting a record, Linee was a conference champion, and Jess Carpenter ran very well. She's worked extremely hard with (Assistant) Coach Jon Hird and she's running the best times of her life. It was nice to see Tyler Buck improve his school record and win the 600, Gerald Arneaud is coming into his own as a freshman, and it was great to see four of our hurdlers make the finals. We need more depth and balance on both of our teams. We're making progress, the people we had competing did a nice job, but we need more in terms of numbers."
The Corsairs will return to action when they travel to the New England Division III Championships next Saturday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH TRACK AND FIELD