Cross Country 15th, 17th At Connecticut College Invitational

Cross Country 15th, 17th At Connecticut College Invitational

NEW LONDON, CT-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth cross country team turned in an improved  performance at the Connecticut College Invitational at Harkness State Park Saturday.

The women finished 15th in a field of 22 with 444 points. Tufts was first with 54 points. The men were 17th of 24 with 463 points. Connecticut won the men's race with 86 points.

For the women, sophomore Katie Sheehan (Scituate, MA/Scituate HS) was 25th in the 6000 meter race in 22:55, sophomore Samantha Roderigues (Somerset, MA/Somerset HS) was 131st in 25:13, sophomore Renee Laurencelle (Tyngsboro, MA/Tyngsboro HS) was 156th in 25:39,  sophomore Caitlin Dorr (Foxboro, MA/Foxboro HS) was 178th in 22:20, sophomore Jessica Connor (Worcester, MA/Doherty HS) was 192nd in 26:45, and sophomore Meghan Cutler (Attleboro, MA/Attleboro HS) was 199th in 27:05.

On the men's side, junior Chris Jordan (Taunton, MA/Taunton HS) was 82nd in the five mile race in 27:01. Freshman Michael Vaz (Dartmouth, MA/Greater New Bedford Regional Vo Tech) was 92nd in 27:08, sophomore Matt Ferro (Halifax, MA/Silver Lake HS) was 105th in 27:10, sophomore Eric Karstunen (Pembroke, MA/Pembroke HS) was 114th in 27:26, freshman Mike Bodden (Shrewsbury, MA/Shrewsbury HS) was 255th in 28:30,  freshman Andrew Goncalves (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) was 165th in 28:45, freshman Ryan Hayes (Kingston, MA/Silver Lake HS) was 170th in 29:45, and freshman Tene Paquin (Middleboro, MA/Middleboro HS) finished in 29:40.

"This week was a lot better than last week," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Jon Hird.  "I think we were a lot more plugged in this week, we were really committed, and we improved on a number of levels. Both teams were shorthanded due to injury and illness, but we ran pretty well. Our men ran one of their traditional solid races, and we got a boost from Mike Bodden, who stepped up and ran one of his best races of the year. For the women, Katie Sheehan ran a really good race, that's the first time we have had a runner finish in under 23 minutes for 6000 meters. Samantha Roderigues is running well, and it's the first time Jessica Connor has been in our top five. It was a good day for both teams, and a good sign with a week off next week and the conference meet the week after that."

The Corsairs will return to action when they return to Westfield State for the Little East Conference and New England Alliance Championships in two weeks.