NEW LONDON, CT - The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth track and field team turned in a good effort at the Coast Guard Spring Invitational at the Nitchman Field Track and Field Complex Saturday.
The men finished fourth of 11 teams with 93 points, while the women were fifth of 12 teams with 74 points. WPI won both meets, taking the men's competition with 127 points, and the women's with 108.
For the women, junior Krista Chauvin (Seekonk, MA/Seekonk HS/Stonehill) won the hammer with a throw of 175 feet, five inches, and was second in the discus at 124-5. The 4 x 100 meter relay team of freshmen LaQuaysha Anderson-Jenkins (Brighton, MA/Brighton HS) and Michele-Le Miranda (Somerville, MA/Somerville HS), junior Isabel Pierre (Port-au-Prince, Haiti/West Roxbury HS) and freshman Ifeoma Okeke (Stoughton, MA/Stoughton HS) was second in 51.16 seconds. Senior Jillian Van Ness (Agawam, MA/Agawam HS) was second at 400 meters in 59.58 seconds, the second best time at UMass Dartmouth, while senior Morgan Cooper (Sunderland, MA/Frontier Regional HS) was third in 60.10 seconds, the third best time at UMD. Sophomore Bailey Burke (South Yarmouth, MA/Dennis-Yarmouth HS) was eighth in the discus at 101-3.
At 100 meters, Anderson-Jenkins was fourth in 12.92 seconds, the ninth best time ever at UMD, and was fourth at 200 meters in 26.05 seconds, the third best time at UMD. Cooper was eighth in 26.76 seconds, the seventh best time for a Corsair runner. Freshman Ashley Motta (Swansea, MA/Case HS) was fourth in the javelin at 112 feet, seven inches, sophomore Katie Sheehan (Scituate, MA/Scituate HS) was seventh at 1600 meters in 5:09.13, and junior Lauren Roche (Norfolk, MA/King Philip Regional HS) was eighth in the long jump at 15-2. Senior Jamie Zizza (Stoneham, MA/Stoneham HS) broke the school record in the pole vault when she was fifth at 8-6 1/4, and she was sixth in the high jump at 4-9.
On the men's side, junior Brett Croteau (Dighton, MA/Dighton-Rehoboth HS) won the javelin at 196 feet, five inches. Junior Joe Texeira (Seekonk, MA/Seekonk HS) was third at 183-7, and junior Chris Jordan (Taunton, MA/Taunton HS) was sixth at 156-5. Sophomore Daryl Chingono (Johannesburg, South Africa (St. Stithians Boys School) was first at 100 meters in 11.32 seconds, and fifth at 200 in 22.68. In the shot put, freshman Grunde Brandso (Dartmouth, MA/Dartmouth HS) placed first at 45-6 1/4, while sophomore Cody Lusas (Melrose, MA/Melrose HS) was third at 44-7 1/3.
Freshman Brandon Jarousky (Attleboro, MA/Attleboro HS) was third at 200 meters in 22.53 seconds, the eighth best effort at UMD, and was sixth at 400 meters in 50.83 seconds. At 400 meters, senior Gerald Arneaud (Dorchester, MA/Newton South HS) was third in 50.37 seconds, while junior Matt Hinthorne (Braintree, MA/Braintree HS) was fifth in 50.82 seconds. Sophomore Jake Texeira (Seekonk, MA/Seekonk HS) was third in the 400 hurdles in 55.96 seconds, Lusas was fifth in the discus at 129-1, and Jordan was sixth at 5000 meters in 15:54.51. And the 4 x 400 meter relay team of junior Kyle Costa (Somerset, MA/Somerset-Berkley HS/Vermont), sophomore Matt Ferro (Halifax, MA/Silver Lake HS), Jake Texeira and Arneaud finished fourth in 3:26.87.
"I was really pleased with our performance today," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve Gardiner. "We had our first outdoor meet with our full team, and had numerous personal bests, a school record and a bunch of people qualifying for the New England Division III Championships, the Open New England Championships and the ECACs. A lot of people turned in their best performances today, and a lot of others were close. It was a good start."
The Corsairs will return to action next Saturday when they host their annual Corsair Classic.
UMASS DARTMOUTH TRACK AND FIELD