Men 1st, Women 2nd at Little East Conference Championships

2012 LEC cHAMPS

WESTFIELD, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's outdoor track and field team finished first and the women were second at the Little East Conference Championships Saturday at the Jerry Gravel Track.

The Corsair men won the LEC title with 163 points, and also finished first in the New England Alliance with 109 points. The women were second in the LEC with 124 points and fifth in the Alliance with 79 points. Southern Maine won both of the women's championships.

Each team set four school records. Freshman Phito Gondre (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) set a record in winning the LEC and Alliance championships at 100 meters (10.79 seconds) and 200 meters (21.96 seconds). Senior Hymlaire Lamisere (Newton, MA/Newton North HS/Iona) was third in the LEC at 100 meters in 11.47 seconds, while freshman Daryl Chingono (Johannesburg, South Africa/St. Stithian's Boys College) was fourth in 11.49 seconds.

Sophomore Chris Perry (Providence, RI/Dighton-Rehoboth HS/Bristol CC) won the long jump at 22 feet, 11 inches and was second in the triple jump at 45-9 ¾.. Freshman Jon Williams (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) was fifth in the long jump at 20 feet, seven inches.

The 4 x 100 meter relay team of Lamisere, Perry, freshman Kainoa Culverhouse (Salisbury, MA/Triton Regional HS) and Gondre was first in 42.63 seconds, while the 4 x 400 meter relay team of sophomore Matt Hinthorne (Braintree, MA/Braintree HS), sophomore Zach Switaj (Tamworth, NH/Kennett Regional HS), sophomore Kyle Costa (Somerset, MA/Somerset HS/Vermont) and junior Gerald Arneaud (Dorchester, MA/Newton South HS) was second in a school record time of 3:21.64.

Senior Robert Yarbough (Fall River, MA/Durfee HS) was first in the shot put at 47 feet, 10 inches, and was second in the hammer at 159-9. Freshman Cody Lusas (Melrose, MA/Melrose HS) was fifth in the shot put at 42-2 ¾.  In the javelin, sophomore Joe Texeira (Seekonk, MA/Seekonk HS) was second at 189-8, while Culbverhouse was fifth at 168-5. In the high jump, freshman Adam Jones (Amesbury, MA/Triton Regional HS) was second at six feet, four inches. Jones was third in the triple jump at 43-11 ¾, while freshman Aaron Amado (Randolph, MA/Thayer Academy) was fifth at 43-7 ¾.

In the 400 hurdles, freshman Jacob Texeira was second in 55.87 seconds and Costa was third in 56.84. Arneaud was third at 400 meters in a school record time of 49.23 seconds, Hinthorne was third at 800 meters in 1:55.04, Culverhouse was third in the 110 hurdles in 15.93 seconds after running a personal best time of 15.60 in the trials that qualified him for the ECAC Championships, Jones was fourth in the 110 hurdles in 16.58 seconds, and freshman Ben Girard (Manchester, MA/Manchester Essex HS) was sixth at 10,000 meters in 34:37.03.   

For the women, junior Jillian Van Ness (Agawam, MA/Agawam HS) won both the 100 meters (12.39 seconds) and 200 meters (school record time of 25.45 seconds). The 4 x 100 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) won the LEC in 50.53 seconds.

Sophomore Jessica Masse (Somerville, MA/Somerville HS) won both the LEC and Alliance championships in the shot put at 40 feet, five inches, while senior Brittany Cole (Dartmouth, MA/Dartmouth HS) was third ion the shot put at 36-7 ¾. In the hammer, sophomore Krista Chauvin (Seekonk, MA/Seekonk HS/Stonehill) was first in the LEC with a school record toss of 163 feet, two inches, while Cole was third at 133-1. Chauvin was third in the javelin at 116-8, while she was second in the discus with a school record throw of 126-1. Masse was third at 117-8.

Senior Courtney Testa (Hopkinton, MA/Hopkinton HS) was second at 5000 meters in 18:02.7, freshman Katie Sheehan (Scituate, MA/Scituate HS) was second in the 3000 meter steeplechase in a school record time of 11:31.49 and fourth in the 400 hurdles in 69.84 seconds, Roche was fourth in the triple jump at 32-5 ¾ and sixth in the long jump at 15-8 ½, junior Jamie Zizza (Stoneham, MA/Stoneham HS) was third in the pole vault at 8-5 ½ and fourth in the high jump at 4-9 ½,  sophomore Caitlin Dorr (Foxboro, MA/Foxboro HS) was fifth in the high jump at 4-7 ½, and freshman Mary Shaw (Conway, MA/Frontier Regional HS) was sixth in the pole vault at 6-9 ½.

"It was nice to see the men win the title," said Umass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve Gardiner. "The women had some people with injuries, and they did about as well as they could have done, and it's a credit to their perseveence that they finished second. For the guys, some things did not go as well as we hoped, and we were behind the whole meet until the last event, the 4 x 4 relay, and it was a credit to them to step up and secure the victory. We had people like kainoa Culverhouse, Adam Jones, Kyle Costa and Ben Girard come through and get points for us."

The Corsairs will return to action at the New England Division III Championships next weekend.

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