Sept. 17, 2011
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA- The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth cross country team acquitted themselves well at the annual UMass Dartmouth Invitational, held on Shrine Day at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex Saturday.
The women finished 14th in a field of 37 teams, while the men tied for 22nd in a field of 34 teams.
The women had 354 points. MIT was first with 25 points. For UMass Dartmouth, junior Courtney Testa (Hopkinton, MA/Hopkinton HS) was 29th in 19:26 for the 5000 meter race. Senior Meaghan Bohigian (Barre, MA/Quabbin Regional HS) was 64th in 20:19, freshman Samantha Roderigues (Somerset, MA/Somerset HS) was 65th in 20:20, freshman Katie Sheehan (Scituate, MA/Scituate HS) was 66th, also in 20:10, freshman Samantha Hurley (Agawam, MA/Agawam HS) was 130th in 21:12, senior Megan Oliveira (Somerset, MA/Somerset HS) was 136th in 21:17, and senior Stacey Dybel (Littleton, MA/Notre Dame Academy) was 164th in 21:49, and freshman Carolyn Cornell (Abington, MA/Cardinal Spellman HS) was 201st in 22:48. Freshman Renee Laurencelle (Tyngsboro, MA/Tyngsboro HS) competed in the women's sub-varsity race and finished 59th in 22:15.
The men scored 622 points. MIT was first with 31 points.
For the men, freshman Ben Girard (Manchester, MA/Manchester Essex HS) was 55th in 26:40 over the five mile course. Sophomore Zach Switaj (Tamworth, NH/Kennett Regional HS) finished 127th in 28:14, freshman Scott Bernazzani (Abington, MA/Cardinal Spellman HS) was 136th in 28:27, freshman Eric Karstunen (Pembroke, MA/Pembroke HS) was 146th in 28:46, freshman Paul Solem (Stoughton, MA/Stoughton HS) was 158th in 29:16, and freshman Matt Ferro (Halifax, MA/Silver Lake HS) was 185th in 30:15.
"This race says to me that our women are becoming a pretty solid racing unit," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Jon Hird. "Courtney has become dependable, and I think she'll have a really good senior year. Sam and Katie finished right with each other, and if some of our people move up just a little bit, we'll have a pretty solid for the conference meet. Our men took a big step today. They're a very young team, and it will take them some time before they really get the hang of it. Ben Girard ran a very good race, and, for a team as young as we are, it was a good effort. This race was a big step for us."
The Corsairs will return to action when they visit the Codfish Bowl next Saturday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH CROSS COUNTRY