March 12, 2011
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-Freshman Chris Perry (Attleboro, MA/Dighton-Rehoboth HS/BCC) finished 11th in the triple jump at the NCAA Division III Championships at the Capital Centre at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio Saturday afternoon.
Perry, the first student-athlete to represent the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's track and field team at the NCAA Championships in three years, jumped 45 feet, 5 ¼ inches and did not advance to the finals.
"Chris got hurt on his first jump, he landed where they land for the long jump, and felt something in his knee," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve Gardiner. "That ended up being his best jump. He wasn't 100 per cent on either of his last two jumps, and had he advanced to the finals, he probably wouldn't have been able to improve on his first jump."
Perry came in as the fourth-seeded jumper in the nation and the top freshman with a mark of 48 feet, 3 ½ inches. "It was disappointing, and everything doesn't go right all the time," said Gardiner. "It makes you appreciate it more when it does go right. Today, we had to deal with adversity, although he saw the trainer and should be all right."
Perry and the Corsairs will return to action when the outdoor season begins at Westfield State March 26th.
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