Feb. 21, 2009
CAMBRIDGE, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's indoor track and field team acquitted themselves well at the New England Division III Championships at MIT's Howard W. Johnson Athletic Center Saturday.
The Corsairs finished 21st of 28 teams that scored in the meet with five points (Williams was first with 145 points), but Assistant Coach Jon Hird, who accompanied the team, said it was a solid day with a lot of improvement.
The 4 x 800 meter relay team of junior Matt Lemanski (East Longmeadow, MA/East Longmeadow HS), senior Tyler Buck (Valley Center, CA/Valley Center HS), graduate student Eric Holmes (Abington, MA/Abington HS) and sophomore Eric Nygaard (Medway, MA/Medway HS) placed fourth in 8:06.49, while the 4 x 400 meter relay team of freshman Charles Nyamekye (Framingham, MA/ Framingham HS), sophomore Brian Hopkins (Mendon, MA/Nipmuc Regional HS), freshman Tom Barry (Wilmington, MA/Wilmington HS), and freshman Gerald Arneaud (Dorchester, MA/Newton South HS) finished in 3:35.34.
In the 55 meter hurdles, sophomore Nick Deininger (North Attleboro, MA/North Attleboro HS) was 12th in 8.31 seconds, sophomore James Morgan (Stoneham, MA/Stoneham HS/Assumption) was 14th in 8.38, sophomore Marcus Williams (Worcester, MA/Doherty HS) was 15th in 8.40, and sophomore Jeff Beal (Townsend, MA/North Middlesex HS) was 17th in 8.57. Williams just missed the finals in the long jump with a leap of 20 feet, eight inches, while Arneaud was 15th at 400 meters in 52.12 seconds. Holmes finished 11th in the mile in 4:27.51, while Nygaard was 10th at 1000 meters in 2:34.53. Sophomore Kevin Markie (North Attleboro, MA/North Attleboro HS/Nichols) was 10th in the triple jump at 43 feet, one inch.
"We had a good day," said Hird. "Eric Nygaard's 1000 meter run was probably the best individual performance of the day. It was a personal best for him, he was ranked 16th coming in and he finished 10th. The scoring event of the day was the 4 x 4 relay. Eric Nygaard was tired from the 1000 but he lunged at the tape in the last lap and held off a guy from Bowdoin. Eric Holmes did a good job in the mile, considering that he was in the outside alley and by the time the lanes merged, he couldn't fight his way up towards the front. Overall, it was a good day, as some of the people who had a tough time last week really rebounded well. We were up against the best in Division III, and everyone feels pretty good about what they did." The Corsairs will return to action when they travel to the Open New England Championships next weekend.
UMASS DARTMOUTH TRACK AND FIELD