Track Performs Well at Tufts Invitational

Feb. 7, 2009

MEDFORD, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's indoor track and field teams turned in a solid performance at the Tufts Invitational at the Gantcher Family Sports and Convocation Center Saturday.

There was no team scoring at the meet.

For the men, newcomer J.T. Harold (North Andover, MA/Austin Prep) made his track debut a successful one, finishing first in the long jump with a leap of 22 feet, three inches, which qualified him for both the Division III New England Championships, and the ECAC Championships. Freshman Gerald Arneaux (Dorchester, MA/Newton South HS) finished fourth in the 400 meters in 51.84 seconds, and also was a member of the third place 4 x 200 meter relay team, which posted a time of 1:35.33 and also included senior Jimmy Knuuttila (Lunenburg, MA/Lunenburg HS) , freshman Charles Nyamekye (Framingham, MA/Framingham HS), and junior Corey Sleep (Fall River, MA/Durfee HS). Sophomore Eric Nygaard (Medway, MA/Medway HS) ran the fourth fastest 1000 meter time in school history, 2:35.60, and also was a member of the fourth-place 4 x 800 meter relay team, which finished in 8:12.29 and included senior Tyler Buck (Valley Center, CA/Valley Center HS), junior Erik Gonzalez (Methuen, MA/Methuen HS), and junior Matt Lemanski (East Longmeadow, MA/East Longmeadow HS). Graduate student Eric Holmes (Abington, MA/Abington HS) qualified for the Division III New Englands with his time of 2:38.34 at 1000 meters, junior Derek Stevens (Swampscott, MA/Swampscott HS) was sixth at 3000 meters in 9:04.18, freshman Kevin Gilmore (Hanson, MA/Whitman-Hanson HS) was fourth at 5000 meters in 15:48.18, and sophomore Nick Deininger (North Attleboro, MA/North Attleboro HS) was eighth in the 55 meter hurdles in 8.42 seconds.

For the women, sophomore Jermai Harrison (Brockton, MA/Brockton HS) finished sixth in the shot put at 38 feet, six inches. In the 55 meter hurdles, sophomore Linee Mello-Frost (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) was fourth in 9.40 seconds, and freshman Alison O'Rourke (Weymouth, MA/Weymouth HS) was sixth in 9.47 seconds. But she ran a personal best time of 9.39 seconds in the trials.

"Overall, it was a good performance," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve Gardiner. "We kind of low-keyed it, with the conference meet next week. Getting J.T. back is a boon for our jumping crew. Alison O'Rourke had a good performance in the hurdles, and Gerald Arneaux gave himself a couple of extra weeks in qualifying for the Division III New England Championships. Eric Nygaard also did a nice job in the 1000 and in the second leg of the 4 x 2."

The Corsairs will return to action when they travel to Southern Maine for the Little East Conference and New England Alliance Championships next Saturday.

UMASS DARTMOUTH TRACK AND FIELD