Men First, Women Eighth at James Earley Invitational

Oct. 10, 2009

WESTFIELD, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's cross country team finished first and the women were eighth in a 25-team field at the James Earley Invitational, hosted by Westfield State at Stanley Park Saturday.

The men won their race with 72 points, 24 points ahead of second-place Trinity. The women scored 240 points. Southern Maine was first with 58 points.

Junior Nick Santoro (Shrewsbury, MA/St. John's HS) was the top finisher for the men, finishing seventh in the five mile race in 26:53. Freshman Jeremy Francisco (Dartmouth, MA/Darmouth HS) was 11th in 27:00, senior Tim Whelan (Abington, MA/Abington HS) was 19th in 27:15, sophomore Kevin Gilmore (Hanson, MA/Whitman-Hanson HS) was 21st in 27:18, sophomore Steve Burke (Norwell, MA/Norwell HS) was 23rd in 27:21, and junior Eric Nygaard (Medway, MA/Medway HS) was 36th in 27:56. Senior David Buschini (Newburyport, MA/Newburyport HS) finished in 28:51, sophomore Ryan Sechovicz (Kingston, MA/Silver Lake Regional HS) finished in 29:27, junior Wes Meserve (Merrimack, MA/Merrimack HS) finished in 30:06, freshman Brad Spooner (Carver, MA/Carver HS), finished in 30:49, and sophomore Kevin Cordaro (Whitman, MA/Whitman-Hanson HS) finished in 32:53. Places for the final five UMD runners were not available due to technical difficulties.

For the women, sophomore Caitlin McGarrigal (Shutesbury, MA/Amherst Regional HS) led the way, finishing the five kilometer race in eighth place with a time of 20:05. Sophomore Megan Oliveira (Somerset, MA/Somerset HS) was 25th in 20:47, sophomore Tessa McGrail (Shrewsbury, MA/Shrewsbury HS) was 59th in 20:48, freshman Rachel Leblanc (Berkley, MA/Somerset HS) was 72nd in 22:14, sophomore Stacey Dybel (Littleton, MA/Notre Dame Academy) was 81st in 22:21, sophomore Meghan Bohigian (Barre, MA/Quabbin Regional HS) was 121st in 23:31, junior Katie Galindo (Melrose, MA/Stoneham HS) was 129th in 23:39, and freshman Rachael Kasanoff (Quincy, MA/Quincy HS) was 146th in 23:59.

`I'm happy with the way both teams ran," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Jon Hird. "The men felt that they could win, and they came in and really took control at the two mile mark and wouldn't let go. We got a very dependable race from Nick Santoro, and we've come to expect that from him, along with really solid efforts from Tim Whelan and Kevin Gilmore. We got a really impressive performance from Jeremy Francisco, who was only seven seconds behind Nick, and from Steve Burke, and our pack time was 28 seconds, which is very good. The women ran very well on what was a very tiring course because of all the mud and the difficult footing. Caitlin ran very well, and finishing eighth is a good effort."

The Corsairs will return to action when they visit the Albany Invitational next Saturday.

UMASS DARTMOUTH CROSS COUNTRY