Corsairs Shine Despite Rain at Open New England Championships

May 8, 2010

DEDHAM, MA-Junior Linee Mello-Frost (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) and the Corsairs' women's 4 x 100 meter relay team of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth performed well on the second and final day of competition at the Open New England Track and Field Championships at Northeastern's Solomon Track Saturday.

Mello-Frost finished sixth in the 100 meter hurdles in 15.64 seconds, while the relay team of Mello-Frost, freshmen Jillian Van Ness (Agawam, MA/Agawam HS), and Shannon Singletary (Brockton, MA/Brockton HS) and junior Briley Morrill (Whitman, MA/Whitman-Hanson HS) finished 12th in 50.17.

"The weather wasn't good, it rained on and off and the track was wet the whole time, which can lead to problems in execution, especially in the relays," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve Gardiner. "Linee moved up two places from where she was in Friday's trials, and I was pleased to see that. Linee is having her best outdoor season ever. Our relay team was solid, and we ran our second best time of the year. Our relay team has come together very well, and we've beaten what was the school record last year the last few times out. With two freshmen and two juniors, we should have one of the best Division III relay teams in New England next year."

The Corsairs will return to action next week at the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III Championships at Springfield College.

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