Track Second, Fourth at Silfen Invitational

April 18, 2009

NEW LONDON, CT-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's outdoor track and field teams turned in strong performances at the Silfen Invitational at Silfen Field Saturday.

The Corsair men scored 151 points to finish second in a 14-team field. Coast Guard was first with 291.5 points. The women were fourth of 14 teams with 85 points, Rhode Island College was first with 133.5 points.

The men won three events. Freshman Robert Yarbrough (Fall River, MA/Durfee HS) won the shot put on his last throw, which was a personal best toss of 46 feet, 6 ¼ inches. Freshman Gerald Arneaud (Dorchester, MA/Newton North HS) won at 400 meters for the second week in a row in 50.68 seconds, which qualified him for the ECAC Championships, while the 4 x 400 meter relay team won the meet's final event in 3:29.39, with a team of senior Tyler Buck (Valley Center, CA/Valley Center HS), senior Jimmy Knuuttila (Lunenburg, MA/Lunenburg HS), junior Matt Lemanski (East Longmeadow, MA/East Longmeadow HS) and Arneaud.

In the 400 meter hurdles, Knuuttila finished second in 58.14 seconds and qualified for the New England Division III Championships, while freshman Tom Barry (Wilmington, MA/Wilmington HS),who was fourth in 58.96 seconds, and sophomore James Morgan (Stoneham, MA/Stoneham HS/Assumption), fifth in 59.67 seconds, turned in personal best efforts. Barry was fourth in the javelin with a throw of 161 feet, one inch, while Yarbrough was fifth in the hammer throw at 108-6. At 100 meters, freshman Hymlaire Lamisere (Newton, MA/Newton North HS) was second in 11.44, while junior Corey Sleep (Fall River, MA/Durfee HS) was fourth in 11.63 and sophomore Kevin Markie (North Attleboro, MA/North Attleboro HS/Nichols) was fifth in 11.66. Markie was third in the triple jump at 44-3 ½, a personal best, while sophomore Jeff Beal (Townsend, MA/North Middlesex HS) was seventh at 41-4. Lamisere was fifth at 200 meters in 23.54 seconds and sixth in the long jump at 20-6 ¼, while sophomore Marcus Williams (Worcester, MA/Doherty HS) was seventh, also at 20-6 ¼. Buck was third at 800 meters in 1:59.60, while sophomore Eric Nygaard (Medway, MA/Medway HS) was fifth in 2:00.72 and third at 1500 meters in 4:10.29. In the 3000 meter steeplechase, junior Derek Stevens (Swampscott, MA/Swampscott HS) was fifth at 1;31.60 and sophomore Wes Meserve (Merrimac, MA/Pentucket Regional HS) was fifth in 10:51.44. The 4 x 100 meter relay team of Sleep, Knuuttila, Markie and Lamisere was second in 44.48 seconds.

On the women's side, sophomore Linee Mello-Frost (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) won the 100 meter hurdles in 16.34 seconds, which qualified her for the ECAC Championships. Freshman Kristina Lundquist (Yarmouthport, MA/Dennis-Yarmouth HS) was sixth in 17.77 seconds. Sophomore Jermai Harrison (Brockton, MA/Brockton HS) broke the school record when she won the shot put with a toss of 39 feet, 3 ½ inches, while freshman Brittany Cole (Dartmouth, MA/Dartmouth HS) was third at 33-11 1.2 and sophomore Ashley Kelly (Middleboro, MA/Middleboro HS) eighth at 30-9. Lundquist was third in the long jump with a personal best leap of 16-7 that qualified her for the ECACs, Harrison was third in the discus at 108 feet, four inches, freshman Stacey Dybel (Littleton, MA/Notre Dame HS) was second at 3000 meters in 13:08.14, Cole was fourth in the hammer throw with a personal best toss of 113-2, and Emily Migre was third in the javelin at 109-2 and freshman Emily Hall (Seekonk, MA/Seekonk HS) fifth at 101-4. Junior Jess Carpenter (Rutland, MA/Wachusett Regional HS) was seventh at 800 meters in 2:28.83, the 4 x 100 meter relay team of Mello-Frost, Lundquist, Sandy Fitzsimmons and sophomore Briley Morrill (Whitman, MA/Whitman-Hanson Regional HS) was fourth in 52.45 second, and the 4 x 400 meter relay team of Migre, freshman Megan Oliveira (Somerset, MA/Somerset HS), freshman Meaghan Bohigian (Barre, MA/Quabbin Regional HS) was fourth in 4:33.96.

"It took good weather to bring it out, and I was very pleased with our performance," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve Gardiner. "We had a very good day. In the last three invitational meets, our men have finished third, first and second. Our women had 15 people and scored 85 points, which speaks well of their effort and commitment. We are looking forward to the conference meet." The Corsairs will return to action at the Little East Conference and New England Alliance Championships at Westfield State next Saturday.

UMASS DARTMOUTH TRACK AND FIELD