Jan. 29, 2010
BOSTON, MA-A couple of school records fell and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's indoor track and field team turned in some good performances at the Boston Indoor Games at the Reggie Lewis Center Friday evening.
For the women, sophomore Patience Noah (Framingham, MA/Keefe Tech) turned in one record-breaking performance. She finished eighth in the triple jump at 35 feet, ¾ of an inch. Freshman Kim Urena (Marlborough MA/Marlborough HS) broke the school record in winning her heat at 500 meters in 1:21.08 and qualifying for the Eastern College Athletic Conference Championships. Sophomore Caitlin McGarigal (Shutesbury, MA/Amherst-Pelham Regional HS) ran 3000 meters in 10:48.81, the seventh fastest time at UMass Dartmouth, which also qualified her for the ECAC Championships. At 1000 meters, sophomore Megan Oliveira (Somerset, MA/Somerset HS) finished in 3:11.89, the third best time in school history.
For the men, two Corsairs placed eighth in their events. Junior Kevin Markie (North Attleboro, MA/North Attleboro HS/Nichols) was eighth in the triple jump at 45 feet, 3 ½ inches, placing him third on the all-time list at UMD. In the long jump, senior J.T. Harold (North Andover, MA/ Austin Prep) was eighth at 21 feet, 3 ¼ inches. Junior Eric Nygaard (Medway, MA/Medway HS) ran the mile in 4:25.54, the fifth best time at UMD, and junior Steve Burke (Norwell, MA/Norwell HS) finished in 4:27.95, the eighth best time at UMass Dartmouth. Both runners qualified for the New England Division III Championships. Freshman Darius Smith (Plympton, MA/Silver Lake Regional HS) ran 200 meters in 23.46 seconds, the ninth best time at UMD, while junior Nick Santoro (Shrewsbury, MA/St. John's HS) ran 5000 meters in 15:32.83, and qualified for the Division III New Englands.
Team-wise, the men scored two points and were 18th in an 18-team field, while the women scored one point and finished 16th of 17 teams.
"It was good experience for us to compete at a high level meet like this," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve Gardiner. "It was good for our team to see the competition out there, and see what they have to do to compete at this level. It's a learning process for us, and a step we're trying to take to be able to compete against scholarship schools."
The Corsairs will return to action next Saturday at Tufts.
UMASS DARTMOUTH TRACK AND FIELD