Track Has a Few Good Performances at New England Div. III Championships

May 3, 2008

NEW LONDON, CT- The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's track and field team turned in a few good performances at the New England Division III Championships at the Coast Guard Academy Track Saturday afternoon.

Senior Eric Holmes (Abington, MA/Abington HS) finished fourth in the 3000 meter steeplechase in 9:32.51. The men's 4 x 400 meter relay team of senior Sam Machuor (Newbury, MA/Triton Regional HS), freshman Bobby Miller(Westfield, MA/Westfield HS), freshman Eric Nygaard (Medway, MA/Medway HS)and Jodoin was 13th in 3:31.05, and the women's 4 x 400 meter relay team of freshman Briley Morrill (Whitman, MA/ Whitman-Hanson HS), sophomore Jess Carpenter (Rutland, MA/Wachusett Regional HS), senior Marliana Gaspardi (Dartmouth, MA/Dartmouth HS) and senior Leanne Nygaard (Medway, MA/Medway HS) was also 13th in 4:29.56.

Junior Jimmy Knuuttila (Lunenburg, MA/Lunenburg HS) was 19th in the 400 meter hurdles in 60.58 seconds, and senior Chris Jodoin (Uxbridge, MA/Uxbridge HS/Maine) finished 20th in 61.28. Meanwhile, freshman Jermai Harrison (Brockton, MA/Brockton HS) was 11th in the shot put at 34 feet, 3 1/2 inches.

"Eric Holmes ran very well," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Jon Hird. "The race kind of broke apart, and he stayed with the lead group and held on and finished well. In the men's 4x4, we substituted Eric Nygaard for (junior) Tyler Buck (Valley Center, CA/Valley Center HS) and we finished 13th, and the women's relay team ran their fastest time of the season. In the hurdles, Chris Jodoin fell on the fourth hurdle, and Jimmy Knuuttila had a tough time, and Jermai Harrison had good throws on her first two attempts but fouled on them, and had to make a safe throw on her third attempt. We had some good performances, and, in some cases, we didn't perform as well as we hoped to."

The Corsairs will return to action at the Open New England Championships at New Hampshire next weekend.