MEDFORD, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's track and field team turned in a solid performance in their first meet of the spring semester, the Tufts Invitational at the Gantcher Family Sports and Convocation Center Saturday.
The men finished sixth of 10 teams with 71.5 points. Bates was first with 147 points. The women were seventh of 10 teams with 37 points. UMass Lowell was first with 170.5 points.
For the women, junior Krista Chauvin (Seekonk MA/Seekonk HS/Stonehill) set a school record in the weight throw in her first indoor meet, finishing second with a throw of 50 feet, 8 ¼ inches. The mark qualified Chauvin for the ECAC, Division III New England and Open New England Championships, and currently ranks as the eighth best mark in the nation in an event in which the top 15 entrants advance to the NCAA Championships.
Sophomore Bailey Burke (South Yarmouth, MA/Dennis-Yarmouth HS) finished fifth at 42-2 ¾, the seventh best throw in school history.
At 200 meters, Freshman Laquaysia Anderson-Jenkins (Brighton, MA/Brighton HS) was third in 27.00 and qualified for the Division III New England Championships. At 400 meters, freshman Michele-Le Miranda (Somerville, MA/Somerville HS) was fifth in 63.90 seconds, the sixth fastest time in school history. Senior Jill Van Ness (Agawam, MA/Agawam HS) was eighth at 60 meters in 8.18 seconds after running 8.13 seconds in the trials, qualifying her for the New England Division III Championships. Freshman Barbara Okafor (Hyde Park, MA/Boston Latin HS ran 8.20 seconds in the trials and qualified fore the New England Division III Championships with the third best time in school history, and the 4 x 200 meter relay team of Van Ness, Anderson-Jenkins, Miranda and junior Ezra Banks (Roxbury, MA/Newton South HS) was second in 1:51.09. Freshman Jasmine Burris (New Bedford, MA/Greater New Bedford Vo Tech HS) was ninth in the shot put at 32 feet, 9 ¾ inches, while junior Lauren Roche (Norfolk, MA/King Phillip Regional HS) was ninth in the long jump at 14 feet, 11 inches.
On the men's side, sophomore Adam Jones (Amesbury, MA/Triton Regional HS) was second in the high jump at 6-3 ½ and sophomore Aaron Amado (Randolph, MA/Thayer Academy) was fourth at 6-3 ½, while Amado was second in the triple jump at 43-8 and Jones third at 42-2 ¾. Amado qualified for the New England Division III Championships in the high jump. Junior Matt Hinthorne (Braintree, MA/Braintree HS) was second at 800 meters in 1:58.24, freshman Brendan Janousky (Attleboro, MA/Attleboro HS) was third at 200 meters in 23.16 seconds and senior Gerald Arneaud (Dorchester, MA/Newton South HS) was sixth in 23.54 seconds. Sophomore Cody Lusas (Melrose, MA/Melrose HS) was sixth in the shot put at 44 feet, 7 ¾ inches, the sixth best throw in school history, which qualified him for the New England Division III Championships. Junior Chris Jordan (Taunton, MA/Taunton HS) was seventh at 5000 meters in 16:04.49, and junior Kyle Costa (Somerset, MA)Somerset-Berkley HS/Vermont) was eighth at 400 meters in 54.07. The 4 x 400 meter relay team of Janousky, Hinthorne, sophomore Matt Ferro (Halifax, MA/Silver Lake HS) and Arneaud was first in 3:28.04, while the Corsairs' B team of senior Jesse Perrin (Somerset, MA/Somerset-Berkley HS), Costa, sophomore Matt Barber (East Falmouth, MA/Falmouth HS) and sophomore Jake Texeira (Seekonk, MA/Seekonk HS) was fifth in 3:32.89.
"It was our first meet back, and we didn't run everyone in their normal event, because we wanted to see where we were after a week of practice," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve Gardiner. "For the most part, we picked up pretty much where we left off when we left for break. We're off to a good, solid start, but we have some work in front of us."
The Corsairs will return to action at the Smith Invitational next weekend.
UMASS DARTMOUTH TRACK AND FIELD