Cross Country Third, Sixth at Roger Williams

Cross Country Third, Sixth at Roger Williams

BRISTOL, RI- The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth cross country team continued their streak of solid performances at the Roger Williams Invitational, at Colt State Park Saturday.

The men were third in a six-team field with 85 points. Bridgewater State finished first with 34 points. The Corsairs were sixth of seven teams in the women's race with 128 points. Connecticut College won with 34 points. Both races were five kilometers long.

For the men, junior Chris Jordan (Taunton, MA/Taunton HS) led the way, finishing eighth in 17:23. Freshman Michael Vaz (Dartmouth, MA/Greater New Bedford Regional Vo Tech) was 12th in 17:37,  sophomore Eric Karstunen (Pembroke, MA/Pembroke HS) was 15th in 17:50, sophomore Scott Bernazzani (Abington, MA/Cardinal Spellman HS) was 23rd in 18:15, freshman Ryan Hayes (Kingston, MA/Silver Lake HS) was 27th in 18:25, freshman Mike Bodden (Shrewsbury, MA/Shrewsbury HS) was 28th in 18:27, sophomore David Yumping (Brockton, MA/Brockton HS) was 33rd in 18:43, freshman Tene Paquin (Middleboro, MA/ Middleboro HS) was 40th in 18:97, and freshman Andrew Goncalves (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) was 46th in 19:44.

For the women, sophomore Katie Sheehan (Scituate, MA/Scituate HS) was fourth in 20:33, sophomore Renee Laurencelle (Tyngsboro, MA/Tyngsboro HS) was 25th in 22:16, freshman Katisha Bellegarde (Methuen, MA/Methuen HS) was 27th in 22:18, sophomore Samantha Roderigues (Somerset, MA/Somerset HS) was 38th in 22:53, sophomore Caitlin Dorr (Foxboro, MA/Foxboro HS) was 41st in 23:09, and sophomore Meg Cutler (Attleboro, MA/Attleboro HS) was 45th in 23:20.

"Our men really did a good job of pulling together this week," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Jon Hird. "We had 55 seconds between our first and fifth runners, and that's pretty tight. Chris ran well as our number one runner, Michael Vaz ran a great race in his second race, and Eric Karstunen, who didn't run last week, really helped us by running third, We ran significantly better as a team than we did last week, and I feel good about where we are."

"Our women are still a little bit of a work in progress," Hird said. "We have a couple of people nursing injuries, and I thought we ran pretty well, considering. Caitlin Dorr continues to run well in her first season of cross country, and Meg Cutler made a big improvement from last week. Katie Sheehan looked really strong in the second half of the race and passed two runners to move up to fourth. For Renee Laurencelle, it was her second race as our number two runner, and Katisha Bellegarde is only going to get better."

The Corsairs will return to action when they host the UMass Dartmouth Invitational next Saturday.