Track Performs Well at Bryant Invitational

April 2, 2011

SMITHFIELD, RI-Some good performances were in evidence when the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's outdoor track and field team participated at the Bryant Invitational at the Bryant Track and Turf Complex Saturday. No team scores were recorded at the meet.

The women's 4 z 100 meter relay team of senior Linee Mello-Frost (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS), sophomore Jillian Van Ness (Agawam, MA/Agawam HS), sophomore Shannon Singletary (Brockton, MA/Brockton HS) and senior Briley Morrill (Whitman, MA/Whitman-Hanson Regional HS) finished second in 51.95 seconds. At 800 meters, junior Meagan Bohigian (Barre, MA/Quabbin Regional HS) finished fifth in 2:22.34. It was the fourth best outdoor mark at UMass Dartmouth, and qualified her for the Division III New England Championships.

In the shot put, freshman Jessica Masse (Somerville, MA/Somerville HS) finished ninth at 38 feet, seven inches, qualifying her for the New England Division III Championships. Junior Brittany Cole (Dartmouth, MA/ Dartmouth HS) also qualified when she finished 15th at 34-4, as did junior Emily Migre (Whitman, MA/ Whitman-Hanson HS), who was 12th in the javelin at 109-8. In the high jump, senior Ulrike Schonemund (Langgoon, Germany) was seventh at 4-10.

For the men, senior Nick Santoro (Shrewsbury, MA/St. John's HS) finished first in the 3000 meter steeplechase in 10:10.27. In the javelin, freshman Joe Texeira (Seekonk, MA/Seekonk HS) finished second at 194 feet, nine inches. His mark was the third best ever at UMD, and provisionally qualified him for the NCAA Division III Championships. Freshman Brett Croteau (Rehoboth, MA/Dighton-Rehoboth HS) was seventh in the same event at 179-7.

In the discus, freshman Conway King (Boston, MA/O'Bryant HS) was 10th at 134-10, the seventh best mark at UMD and one that allowed him to qualify for the New England Division III Championships. Freshman Marcus Cusick (Westport, MA/Diman Regional HS) also qualified, finishing 12th at 400 meters in 51.06 in his first meet of the year. Sophomore Kyle Costa (Somerset, MA/Somerset HS/Vermont) qualified by running the 400 meter hurdles in 57.47 seconds. Junior Robert Yarbough (Fall River, MA/Durfee HS) was sixth in the shot put at 44-8 and 11th in the discus at 130-5. Junior Hymlaire Lamisere (Newton, MA/Newton North HS/Iona) ran 100 meters in 11.48 seconds and finished the 200 in 23.67 seconds.

"We're happy with how we're progressing at this point," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve Gardiner. "It was nice to see Joe Texeira continue to improve, and to see Conway King getting on to the top 10 list in his first outdoor meet as a freshman. It was good to see Marcus Cusick perform well in his first meet after missing the indoor season. We're looking forward to our home meet next weekend." The Corsairs will return to action when they host the UMass Dartmouth Invitational next Saturday.

UMASS DARTMOUTH TRACK AND FIELD