Track Does Well at Open New England Championships

Feb. 26, 2010

BOSTON, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's track and field team had a few good performances at the Open New England Championships at the Boston University Track and Tennis Center Friday.

For the men, freshman Kaylin Miranda (Brighton, MA/O'Bryant HS), placed eighth in the long jump at 21 feet, eight inches. At 1000 meters, junior Eric Nygaard (Medway, MA/Medway HS) finished in 2:32.32, the second fastest time in school history and only 28/100ths of a second off the school record. Senior Matt Lemanski (East Longmeadow, MA/East Longmeadow HS) finished in 2:36.81, and sophomore Kevin Gilmore (Hanson, MA/Whitman-Hanson HS) ran 5000 meters in a personal best time of 15:20.98. For the women, junior Linee Mello-Frost (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) ran the 55 meter hurdles in 8.73 seconds.

"It was certainly impressive that Kaylin was able to place as a freshman," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve Gardiner. "Eric just missed the school record, and he turned in a really solid performance, and it was good to have Kevin Gilmore get a personal best. Overall, it was a good effort."

The Corsairs will return to action Saturday, with junior Jermai Harrison (Brockton, MA/Brockton HS) and sophomore Robert Yarbough (Fall River, MA/Durfee HS) competing in the shot put.

UMASS DARTMOUTH TRACK AND FIELD