Cross Country 18th, 19th AT UMASS Dartmouth Invitational

Cross Country 18th, 19th AT UMASS Dartmouth Invitational

 NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth cross country team ran well at the UMass Dartmouth Invitational at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex Saturday.

The men were 18th in a 39-team field with 458 points. MIT finished first in the eight kilometer race with 63 points. The Corsairs were 19th of 38 teams in the five kilometer women's race with 598 points. The Engineers also won the women's race with 17 points.  
For the men, sophomore Scott Bernazzani (Abington, MA/Cardinal Spellman HS) was 73rd in 26:51, junior Chris Jordan (Taunton, MA/Taunton HS) was 80th in 26:56,  sophomore Eric Karstunen (Pembroke, MA/Pembroke HS) was 91st in 27:03, freshman Michael Vaz (Dartmouth, MA/Greater New Bedford Regional Vo Tech) was 92nd in 27:04, sophomore Matt Ferro (Halifax, MA/Silver Lake HS) was 122nd in 27:28, freshman Mike Bodden (Shrewsbury, MA/Shrewsbury HS) was 152nd in 28:14, and freshman Ryan Hayes (Kingston, MA/Silver Lake HS) was 162nd in 28:29.
In the sub-varsity race, sophomore David Yumping (Brockton, MA/Brockton HS) of the Corsairs was 58th in 28:35, freshman Andrew Goncalves (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) was 76th in 29:08, and freshman Tene Paquin (Middleboro, MA/ Middleboro HS) was 88th in 29:41.
For the women, sophomore Katie Sheehan (Scituate, MA/Scituate HS) was 12th in 18:55, freshman Katisha Bellegarde (Methuen, MA/Methuen HS) was 113th in 20:40, sophomore Renee Laurencelle (Tyngsboro, MA/Tyngsboro HS) was 123rd in 20:45, sophomore Samantha Roderigues (Somerset, MA/Somerset HS) was 148th in 21:02, sophomore Meg Cutler (Attleboro, MA/Attleboro HS) was 197th in 22:47, sophomore Caitlin Dorr (Foxboro, MA/Foxboro HS) was 200th in 22:56, and sophomore Jessica Connor (Worcester, MA/Doherty HS) was 214th in 23:20.

"Our men did very well, we finished four places ahead of where we finished last year, even though we lost our top runner from last year's team," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Jon Hird. "Scott Bernazzani improved 1:26 from last year, Eric Karstunen was 1:42 faster, David Yumping was 1:30 faster and Matt Ferro was 2:45 better than last year. Our top four runners really ran well, finishing within 13 seconds of each other."

"Katie Sheehan did a terrific job for the women, her time is the eighth best on our all-time list for our course," said Hird. "She finished 1:25 faster than she did last year, and that's significant because it's a shorter race. Renee Laurencelle was 1:31 faster than last year. Our team ran well, and they felt good about how they did. In a meet this big, our two young teams rally kept their heads on straight. Overall, I thought things went about as well as possible, and we had 976 runners, and that's more than we've ever had at this meet."

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