Women's Track Does Well at New England Division III Championships

Feb. 21, 2009

BRUNSWICK, ME-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's indoor track and field teams performed well at the New England Division III Championships at the William Farley Field House Saturday.

Overall, the Corsairs were 19th of 24 teams with five points; MIT was first with 134 points.

For UMass Dartmouth, sophomore Jermai Harrison (Brockton, MA/Brockton HS) finished sixth in the shot put, with a throw of 38 feet, 4 ¾ inches. Sophomore Linee Mello-Frost (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) was seventh in the 55 meter hurdles in 9.16 seconds. In the long jump, freshmen Kristina Lundquist (Yarmouthport, MA/ Dennis-Yarmouth HS) and Alison O'Rourke (Weymouth, MA/Weymouth HS) each jumped 16-1 ¾ and tied for 11th, and O'Rourke just missed the finals in the 55 meter hurdles, finishing 10th in a personal best time of 9.27 seconds. At 1000 meters, junior Jess Carpenter (Rutland, MA/Wachusett Regional HS) posted a personal best time of 3:10.07 in finishing 17th.

"We had a solid day today," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve Gardiner. "Last year, we came to this meet with three women, and this year, we came with eight, and I think you'll see those numbers grow. I think more and more people from our team will qualify for this meet as the years progress."

The Corsairs will return to action when they travel to the Open New England Championships next weekend.

UMASS DARTMOUTH TRACK AND FIELD