BOSTON – Senior Zachary Switaj (Tamworth, N.H.) and sophomore Justin Conor (Holden, Mass.) each recorded the second fastest time in University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's indoor track history to highlight the Corsairs' performance at the prestigious David Hemery Valentine Invitational this afternoon at Boston University. The Valentine Invitational is a non-scoring meet that featured Division I, II, and III institutions.
Switaj posted the second lowest UMD time in the mile, when he crossed the finish line at four minutes, 16.65 seconds. He moved into second on the all-time performance list by surprassing David Krall's 1991 mark (4:18.44). Switaj placed 83rd overall among 301 competitors. Sophomore Ryan Hayes (Kingston, Mass.) also recorded a PR in the mile (4:25.74).
Conor was able to trip the timer at 8.74 seconds in the preliminary heat of the 60-meter hurdles to clock the second fastest time in program history. He finished 30th overall in the race.
Freshman Kevin Cutler (Attleboro, Mass.) and junior Adam Jones (Amesbury, Mass.) squared off against a competitive field in the high jump. In an event that featured five New England Alliance hopefuls, Cutler and Jones each cleared 1.95 meters (6-4.75) to place eighth overall.
In the 200-meter dash, sophomore Brandon Jarousky (Attleboro, Mass.) finished with the third fastest indoor time in Corsair history, breaking the line at 22.53 seconds. Jarousky and freshman Paul Hamlet (Upton, Mass.) both achieved personal bests in the 400-meter dash with times of 50.47 and 51.49 seconds, respectively.
Senior Matthew Hinthorne (Braintree, Mass.) led UMass Dartmouth in the 800-meter run with a season-low time of one minute, 54.50 seconds. Freshman Kurtis Dreher (Dartmouth, Mass.), junior Matt Ferro (Halifax, Mass.), and sophomore Matthew Montano (Agawam, Mass.) each earned personal best. Montano broke the two-minute mark (1:59.84) for the first time in his career.
In the throwing pit, junior Cody Lusas (Melrose, Mass.) recorded a mark of 13.34 meters (43-09.25) in the shot put, while registering a throw of 13.27 meters (43-06.50) in the weight throw.
UMass Dartmouth will return to the track at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15, when the Corsairs compete in the 2014 New England Alliance and Little East Conference Championships in Gorham, Maine.