Men Take Team Title at UMass Dartmouth Invitational

Senior Robert Yarbough

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's track and field team turned in a solid performance at the UMass Dartmouth Invitational at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex Saturday.

The men finished first in a field of 14 teams with 141.50 points, while the women were second of nine teams with 138.33 points. Roger Williams was first in the women's meet with 138.83 points.  

For the women, sophomore Krista Chauvin (Seekonk, MA/Seekonk HS/Stonehill) broke the school record when she finished second in the discus at 123 feet. She was also third in the hammer at 146-11, and third in the javelin at 121-8.

Junior Jillian Van Ness (Agawam, MA/Agawam HS) was first at 100 meters in 12.52 seconds, and second at 200 meters in 26.82 seconds. Freshman Katie Sheehan (Scituate, MA/Scituate HS) won the 400 hurdles in 1:08.83. Senior Meaghan Bohigian (Barre, MA/Quabbin Regional HS) was second at 800 meters in 2:25.17.

For the men, senior Robert Yarbough (Fall River, MA/Durfee HS) won the hammer at 162 feet, nine inches and was sixth in the shot put at 41-1 1/2. Sophomore Chris Perry (Providence, RI/Dighton-Rehoboth HS/BCC) won the long jump at 22 feet, 10 1.2 inches; was second in the triple jump at 44-8 3/4; and was sixth at 100 meters in 1.43 seconds.

In the high jump, freshman Adam Jones (Amesbury, MA/Triton Regional HS) finished third at 6-2 3/4. Freshman Kainoa Culverhouse (Salisbury, MA/Triton Regional HS) was first in the 110 meter hurdles in 16.70 seconds and Jones was third in 17.08, senior Hymlaire Lamisere (Newton, MA/Newton North HS/Iona) was fourth at 100 meters in 11.24 and fourth in the long jump at 20-8 1/2, sophomore Zach Switaj (Tamworth, NH/Kennett Regional HS) was third at 800 meters in 1:58.26, freshman Jacob Texeira (Seekonk, MA/Seekonk HS) was third in the 400 meter intermediate hurdles in 57.59, freshman Aaron Amado (Randolph, MA/Thayer Academy) was third in the triple jump at 44-1 1/4 and sixth in the high jump at 5-10 3/4, and sophomore Chris Jordan (Taunton, MA/Taunton HS) was second at 5000 meters in 16:24.43.

Two relay teams also broke school records. The 4 x 200 meter relay team of sophomore Lauren Roche (Norfolk, MA/King Philip Regional HS), Van Ness, junior Morgan Cooper (Sunderland, MA/Frontier Regional HS) and sophomore Isabel Pierre (Port-au-Prince, Haiti, West Roxbury HS) set a school record when they finished first in 1:49.34. The women's sprint medley team of Sheehan, Cooper, Pierre and Bohigian also broke the school record when they were second in 4:24.03.

"It was exciting to see Krista Chauvin set a second school record in two weeks," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve Gardiner. "Jillian Van Ness' time in the 100 is very quick for this time of the year, and we also set school records in some seldom-run relays. The fact that our men won speaks to the quality of the athletes that we have, how we can move people around and not over burden people. We had a lot of solid performances."

The Corsairs will return to action when they visit the University of Massachusetts next Saturday.

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