Cross Country Ninth, 17th at CodfishBowl

Cross Country Ninth, 17th at CodfishBowl

Sept. 24, 2011

BOSTON, MA- The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth cross country team ran well at the Codfish Bowl at Franklin Park Saturday.

The women finished ninth in a field of 24 teams with 251 points, while the men were 17th of 24 teams with 512 points.

Junior Courtney Testa (Hopkinton, MA/Hopkinton HS) led the women, finishing 33rd in 20:04 for the 5000 meter race. Senior Meaghan Bohigian (Barre, MA/Quabbin Regional HS) was 49th in 20:26, and freshman Samantha Roderigues (Somerset, MA/Somerset HS) was 53rd in 20:30. Freshman Katie Sheehan (Scituate, MA/Scituate HS), senior Stacey Dybel (Littleton, MA/Notre Dame Academy), freshman Samantha Hurley (Agawam, MA/Agawam HS), senior Megan Oliveira (Somerset, MA/Somerset HS) was 136th in 21:17, freshman Carolyn Cornell (Abington, MA/Cardinal Spellman HS) and freshman Renee Laurencelle (Tyngsboro, MA/Tyngsboro HS) followed for the women, but their times and exact places were unavailable due to problems with the results.

For the men, freshman Ben Girard (Manchester, MA/Manchester Essex HS) was 71st in 28:37 over the five mile course. Freshman Eric Karstunen (Pembroke, MA/Pembroke HS) was 87th in 29:22, freshman Scott Bernazzani (Abington, MA/Cardinal Spellman HS) was 11th in 30:57, freshman Paul Solem (Stoughton, MA/Stoughton HS) was 119th in 31:29, and freshman Matt Ferro (Halifax, MA/Silver Lake HS) was 122nd in 31:31.

"Our women ran well, Courtney Testa had a good race, Meaghan Bohigian bounced back from last week, and Samantha Roderigues ran the race of the day," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Jon Hird. "Samantha was 54 seconds behind Courtney last week, and 26 seconds behind her today. Our other freshmen also ran well, as did Stacey Dybel. In the men's race, we pulled our team back the first two miles because it was humid, and the conditions weren't great, and then we gave them the green light. Ben really did open it up, he ran well, particularly over the last two miles. Eric had a good race, and Scott also had some left in the tank. For most of our men, it's their third cross country race ever. We've completed the first portion of our season in pretty good shape."

The Corsairs will return to action when they visit the James Early Invitational at Westfield State in two weeks.