Three In Action on First Day at ECAC Championships

Three In Action on First Day at ECAC Championships

March 4, 2011

NEW YORK, NY-Three members of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's indoor track and field team were in action on the first day of action at the two-day Eastern College Athletic Conference Championships at the New Balance Armory Friday.

Despite running well, none of the three qualified for the finals in their event.

In the 55 meter dash, freshman Ezra Banks (Boston, MA/Newton South HS) finished fourth in her heat in 7.47 seconds, while sophomore Jillian Van Ness (Agawam, MA/Agawam HS) was sixth in her heat in 7.65 seconds. In the 55 meter hurdles, senior Linee Mello-Frost (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) was sixth in her heat in 9.35 seconds.

"It was a nice opportunity for our women to be in one of the most historic facilities in the country for track and field," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve Gardiner. "The Armory is steeped in tradition, and has been the site of many great national championships and historic meets. It's a great opportunity, and they deserved it. They would have liked to have run a little bit faster, but it was a nice way for them to cap their indoor seasons while competing against the best individuals on the east coast."

The meet will conclude Saturday.