Track Sets Marks at LEC, Alliance Championships

Track Sets Marks at LEC, Alliance Championships

GORHAM, ME - The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's track and field team set three school records at the Little East Conference and New England Alliance Championships at the University of Southern Maine's Costello Sports Complex Sunday.

The Corsairs were unable to bring their full squad to the meet due to the inclement weather. The men finished fifth of six teams in the Little East Conference with 46 points, and seventh of 10 teams in the Alliance with 34 points. The women were sixth of six LEC teams with 39 points, and ninth of 10 Alliance teams with 34 points.

Junior Krista Chauvin (Seekonk, MA/Seekonk HS/Stonehill) took first place in the weight throw with a throw of 52 feet, five inches. Sophomore Adam Jones (Amesbury, MA/Triton Regional HS) tied the meet record and set a school record when he won the high jump at 6-8 ¼, and the women's 4 x 200 meter relay team of freshman LaQuaysha Anderson-Jenkins (Brighton, MA/Brighton HS), freshman Barbara Okafor (Hyde Park, MA/Boston Latin HS), freshman Michele-Le Miranda (Somerville, MA/Somerville HS) and senior Jill Van Ness (Agawam, MA/Agawam HS) finished second in 1:45.80.

Senior Gerald Arneaud (Dorchester, MA/Newton South HS) won the Alliance championship at 400 meters in 50.55 seconds, freshman Grunde Brandso (Dartmouth, MA/Dartmouth HS) was the LEC champ and the Alliance runner-up in the shot put at 47-10, the second best throw indoors at UMD, sophomore Bailey Burke (South Yarmouth, MA/Dennis-Yarmouth HS) was fifth in the Alliance and fourth in the LEC in the weight throw with a toss of 47-11, the second best throw indoors at UMass Dartmouth.
In the shot put, Chauvin was second in the LEC and fourth in the Alliance at 37-9 ¼, the fourth best throw at UMD, while Burke placed sixth in the Alliance and fourth in the LEC with a season best throw of 34-9. At 1000 meters, sophomore Matt Ferro (Halifax, MA/Silver Lake HS) was fourth in 2:35.41, at 400 meters, Miranda was seventh in 61.48 seconds, the third best indoor time in school history. At 55 meters, Van Ness was seventh in the Alliance and third in the LEC in 7.49 seconds, and in the trial heat, Okafor ran 7.56, the sixth best time at UMD, although she did not qualify for the finals.

"The circumstances with the weather were tough for everyone, but we had a great effort for this year's indoor meet," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve Gardiner. "I was very pleased with the people we had here. We had a lot of personal bests. Adam jumped very well, Bailey threw well and Krista's mark was a big improvement for her. It was a tough few days, but the people we had here performed very well."

The Corsairs will return to action at the New England Division III Championships next weekend. The men will travel to Bates, the women to Southern Maine.

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