Corsairs Capture 2014 New England Alliance Championship

GORHAM, Maine -- The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's indoor track and field team captured the 2014 New England Alliance and Little East Championships this afternoon at the Costello Sports Complex on the campus of Southern Maine.  The Corsairs swept the annual championships for the second time in the past three years.

UMass Dartmouth won the 2014 Little East Championship with 157 points.  University of Southern Maine placed second with 136 points, 20 markers ahead of Keene State College.  Eastern Connecticut State University (82), Rhode Island College (66) and University of Massachusetts Boston (25) completed the six-team conference standings.

In the 10-team New England Alliance Championship, the Corsairs registered 116 points to outdistance Bridgewater State University (111).  The Huskies finished third with 101.5 points, while Worcester State University (97.5), and Keene State College (97) rounded out the top half of the 10-team field. 

Freshman Kevin Cutler (Attleboro, Mass.) established a new championship standard in the high jump. He cleared 2.06 meters (6-09.00) to break the previous mark set by Art Dzibizbanski (6-08.25) in 2002.  Junior Adam Jones (Amesbury, Mass.) placed third in the event, eclipsing 1.99 meters (6-06.25).  Jones also recorded a season-best leap of 13.39 meters (43-11.25) to finish third in the triple jump.   

Senior Zachary Switaj (Tamworth, N.H.) led UMass Dartmouth on the track with a pair of victories to account for 20 team points.  Switja was the first to cross the finish line in the mile (4:22.92), while also capturing the 3,000-meter run (8:56.72). Sophomore Ryan Hayes (Kingston, Mass.) also competed in the mile race, posting a fourth-place time of four minutes, 30.40 seconds.

Sophomore Brandon Jarousky (Attleboro, Mass.) won the conference championship and placed third in the 200-meter (22.80) dash.  He also clocked a time of 50.76 seconds to finish third in the 400-meter dash. 
 
The Corsairs continued to add to their team point totals in the middle distance races.  Senior Matthew Hinthorne (Braintree, Mass.) was the third runner to complete the 600-meter run (1:21.86), while freshman Kurtis Dreher (Dartmouth, Mass.) finished fifth in the 800-meter run (2:01.01). Junior Matt Ferro (Halifax, Mass.) turned in the third fastest time in the 1,000-meter run, breaking the line at two minutes, 34.45 seconds.

In the throwing circles, junior Cody Lusas (Melrose, Mass.) was third in the shot put with a throw of 13.62 meters (44-08.25) and seventh in the weight throw (14.46m; 47-05.25).

Trailing the Bears by two points in the New England Alliance standings, the UMD 4x400-meter relay team of Jarousky, junior Jacob Texeira (Seekonk, Mass.), freshman Gabriel Solano (Worcester, Mass.), and Hinthorne came from the unseeded heat to post the second fastest time (3:25.21).  The 4x200-meter quartet of Jarousky, freshman Kestine Okoro (Boston, Mass.), Texeira, and freshman Steven Roy (Northborough, Mass.) combined to register a time of one minute, 33.07 seconds.  The 4x800-meter team of Dreher, sophomore Matthew Montano (Agawam, Mass.), Ferro, and Hayes also placed third (8:21.86).   

Fans unable to make the trip to Gorham, Maine, can watch the archived broadcast of the 2014 New England Alliance and Little East Indoor Track & Field Championships on LittleEast.tv.

UMass Dartmouth will return to action on Saturday, Feb. 22, when the Corsairs travel to the Division III New England Championship.