Track Performs Well at Harvard Open

Dec. 13, 2008

BOSTON, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's indoor track and field team ended their first semester action on a solid note at the Harvard Open at Gordon Track Saturday. No team scores were recorded at the meet.

For the second time in as many weeks, a school record fell. Freshman Patience Noah (Framingham, MA/Keefe Tech) finished sixth overall in the triple jump with a mark of 34 feet, 11 3/4 inches. In the shot put, sophomore Jermai Harrison (Brockton, MA/Brockton HS) won the open division competition and was fifth overall with a throw of 38 feet, 1 ¼ inches. In the 60 meter hurdles, both sophomore Linee Mello-Frost (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) and freshman Kristina Lundquist (Yarmouthport, MA/Dennis-Yarmouth HS) made the finals. Mello-Frost placed 11th with a time of 9.97 seconds after finishing the trials in 9.92 seconds, while Lundquist was 14th in 10.31 seconds after recording a time of 10.17 seconds in the trials.

For the men, graduate student Eric Holmes (Abington, MA/Abington HS) finished fifth overall in 4:22.68 while running the third fastest indoor mile in school history. That performance qualified him for both the Division III New England Championships, and the ECAC Championships. He also finished ninth at 800 meters in 2:00.30, just ahead of junior teammate Erik Gonzalez (Methuen, MA/Methuen HS), who was 10th in 2:00.40. In the 60 meter hurdles, freshman Brian McArdle (Winchester, MA/Winchester Regional HS) finished 11th in 8.92 seconds. The 4 x 440 yard relay team of freshman Gerald Arneaud (Dorchester, MA/Newton South HS), freshman Tom Barry (Wilmington, MA/Wilmington HS), senior Tyler Buck (Valley Center, CA/Valley Center HS), and sophomore Bob Miller (Westfield, MA/Westfield HS) finished fifth in 3:29.25.

"I was pleased with our performance," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve Gardiner. "We started training in October, and we ended up on a good note going into final exams. When we come back, our first team meet will be at Rhode Island, where we'll be going against Division I and Division II teams. It's something I'm looking forward to, and it should motivate our team during the next four weeks."

The Corsairs will take time off for the holidays, return to action January 10th at the MIT Pentathlon.