NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA - Four points are all that separated the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth track and field team from a sweep of their annual Corsair Classic at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex Saturday.
The women finished first with 132 points, three points ahead of Coast Guard. The men were second with 127 points, just three behind first-place Bridgewater State.
For the women, junior Krista Chauvin (Seekonk, MA/Seekonk HS/Stonehill) won the hammer with a throw of 163 feet, sophomore Katie Sheehan (Scituate, MA/Scituate HS) won the 3000 meter steeplechase in 11:43.78, senior Jillian Van Ness (Agawam, MA/Agawam HS) took first place at 400 meters in 1:00.62, and the 4 x 100 meter relay team of freshman LaQuaysha Anderson-Jenkins (Brighton, MA/Brighton HS), junior Ezra Banks (Roxbury, MA/Newton South HS), senior Shannon Singletary (Brockton, MA/Brockton HS) and Van Ness took first in 50.75 seconds.
Senior Jamie Zizza (Stoneham, MA/Stoneham HS) was second in the high jump at 4-9 and placed third in the pole vault at 8-6 1/4, junior Lauren Roche (Norfolk, MA/King Philip Regional HS) was fifth in the long jump at 14-9 1/4 and sixth in the triple jump at 30-9 3/4, freshman Ashley Motta (Swansea, MA/Case HS) won the javelin at 116-9, sophomore Jess Connor (Worcester, MA/Doherty HS/Worcester State) was third in the steeplechase in 13:22.40, and sophomore Bailey Burke (South Yarmouth, MA/Dennis-Yarmouth HS) had a personal best throw in the hammer, finishing fourth in 125-11.
On the men's side, senior Gerald Arneaud (Dorchester, MA/Newton South HS) won at 400 meters in 50.25 seconds, junior Brett Croteau (Dighton, MA/Dighton-Rehoboth HS) won the javelin at 197 feet, one inch, sophomore Jake Texeira (Seekonk, MA/Seekonk HS) won the 400 hurdles in 55.88 seconds, the 4 x 400 meter relay team of freshman Brandon Jarousky (Attleboro, MA/Attleboro HS), Jake Texeira, junior Matt Hinthorne (Braintree, MA/Braintree HS) and Arneaud placed first in 3:26.89, and sophomore Daryl Chingono (Johannesburg, South Africa/St. Stithian's Boys School) won the fast heat in the 100 meter dash but placed fifth overall in 11.40 seconds.
"I was pleased and impressed with the women's victory," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve Gardiner. "It shows our balance within the team, with people scoring in multiple events and everybody contributing so we were able to win this meet. The men also had good balanced scoring, and Bridgewater has one of the top Division III teams in New England. They were the Alliance and MASCAC champs in the winter, so to be within three points of them on April 6th is a good sign for us."
The Corsairs will return to action next Saturday when they visit the University of Massachusetts.
UMASS DARTMOUTH TRACK AND FIELD