NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA - The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth track and field team broke four school records and turned in a strong performance at the Minuteman Invitational at the UMass (Amherst) Track and Field Complex Saturday.
The men scored 51 points and finished eighth of 14 teams. Northeastern was first with 110.5 points. The women were 13th of 18 teams with 23 points. Connecticut was first with 108.
The women's team broke three marks. The 4 x 400 meter relay team of senior Morgan Cooper (Sunderland, MA/Frontier Regional HS), freshman Michele-Le Miranda (Somerville, MA/Somerville HS), senior Jillian Van Ness (Agawam, MA/Agawam HS) and freshman Summer Jones (East Bridgewater, MA/East Bridgewater HS) finished sixth in a school record time of 4:05.23. Van Ness set a school record when she finished fourth at 400 meters in 58.62 seconds. Junior Krista Chauvin (Seekonk, MA/Seekonk HS/Stonehill) broke the school record when she finished second in the hammer with a toss of 181-9, and was also fifth in the discus at 132-7. And the men's 4 x 400 meter relay team of sophomore Jake Texeira (Seekonk, MA/Seekonk HS), junior Matt Hinthorne (Braintree, MA/Braintree HS), sophomore Matt Ferro (Halifax, MA/Silver Lake HS) and senior Gerald Arneaud (Dorchester, MA/ Newton South HS) was third in a school record time of 3:20.08. Arneaud ran the anchor leg in 47.9 seconds.
Among the women, freshman Ashley Motta (Swansea, MA/Case HS) was sixth in the javelin at 112 feet, sophomore Bailey Burke (South Yarmouth, MA/Dennis-Yarmouth HS) threw the hammer 129 feet, five inches, sophomore Jess Connor (Worcester, MA/Doherty HS/Worcester State) ran 12:53.05 in the 3000 meter steeplechase, the fourth fastest time in school history, and junior Isabel Pierre (Port-au-Prince, Haiti/West Roxbury HS) had two personal bests. She ran 100 meters in 13.31 seconds, and 200 in 27.44.
For the men, Jake Texeira was third in the 400 intermediate hurdles in 54.62 seconds, the third fastest time in school history, Arneaud was fourth in the 400 in 49.35 seconds, junior Zach Switaj (Tamworth, NH/Kennett Regional HS) was third at 1500 meters in 3:59.96, the 10th fastest time in school history, and sophomore Adam Jones (Amesbury, MA/Triton Regional HS) was third in the high jump at 6-5.
Junior Brett Croteau (Dighton, MA/Dighton-Rehoboth HS) won the javelin at 193 feet, two inches, while junior Joe Texeira (Seekonk, MA/Seekonk HS) was third at 177-11. At 100 meters, sophomore Daryl Chingono (Johannesburg, South Africa/St. Stithian's Boys School) was sixth in 11/38 seconds. Freshman Grunde Brandso (Dartmouth, MA/Dartmouth HS) was sixth in the shot put at 44-6 1/2. Hinthorne ran 1:55.22 at 800 meters, a personal best, as did sophomore Jean Pierre (Port-au-Prince, Haiti/West Roxbury HS) at 200 meters (24.73 seconds).
"That's the beauty of coming to a meet like this," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve Gardiner. "We like to come to meets like this where we can compete against Division I and Division II schools, and our kids rose to the occasion. This meet was a great catalyst for the rest of the year, and I'm pleased with the way we performed."
The Corsairs will return to action next Saturday when they visit Connecticut College for the Silfen Invitational.
UMASS DARTMOUTH TRACK AND FIELD