Track Third at Jim Sheehan Memorial at Fitchburg State

April 4, 2009

FITCHBURG, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's outdoor track and field teams turned in a strong performance at the Jim Sheehan Memorial Classic at the Elliot Athletic Complex Saturday.

Both teams finished third overall. The men had 106 points and were third in a 20-team field. Southern Maine was first with 147.5 points. The women were third with 66 points. Colby was first with 211 points.

For the men, graduate student Eric Holmes (Abington, MA/Abington HS) won the 3000 meter steeplechase in 9:49.66. Freshman Tom Barry (Wilmington, MA/Wilmington HS) was second in the 400 yard hurdles in 59.55 seconds, senior Jimmy Knuuttila (Lunenburg, MA/Lunenburg HS) third in 59.57, sophomore James Morgan (Stoneham, MA/Stoneham HS/Assumption) sixth in 63.11, and freshman Tom Silva (Seekonk, MA/Seekonk HS) eighth in 64.68. Senior Tyler Buck (Valley Center, CA/Valley Center HS) was fourth at 800 meters in 1:59.82 and sophomore Eric Nygaard (Medway, MA/ Medway HS) seventh in 2:05.01. At 1500 meters, junior Tim Whelan (Abington, MA/Abington HS) was fifth in 4:14.89 and Nygaard sixth in 4:15.45. Sophomore Marcus Williams (Worcester, MA/Doherty HS) was third in the 110 hurdles in 18.22 seconds, sophomore Jeff Beal (Townsend, MA/North Middlesex HS) fourth in 18;38 and Morgan fifth in 18.55. In the shot put, freshman Robert Yarbrough (Fall River, MA/Durfee HS) was second with a throw of 43 feet, 10 ½ inches. Freshman Gerald Arneaud (Dorchester, MA/Newton North HS) was fourth at 400 meters in 51.31 seconds, and freshman Kevin Gilmore (Hanson, MA/Whitman-Hanson HS) was fourth at 5000 meters in 15:39.29.

For the women, sophomore Linee Mello-Frost (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) was second in the 100 meter hurdles in 17.57 seconds, junior Jess Carpenter (Rutland, MA/Wachusett Regional HS) was seventh at 800 meters in 2:36.32 and freshman Megan Oliveira (Somerset, MA/Somerset HS) was eighth in 2:36.58. In the triple jump, freshman Patience Noah (Framingham, MA/Keefe Tech) was second at 34 feet, 5 ½ inches. Emily Migre was third in the javelin at 103-5 and freshman Emily Hall (Seekonk, MA/Seekonk HS) fourth at 101-5, sophomore Jermai Harrison (Brockton, MA/Brockton HS) was second in the shot put at 36-10 ¼ and fourth in the discus at 107-2, and freshman Brittany Cole (Dartmouth, MA/Dartmouth HS) fifth in the shot put at 33-6 ¾.

"Considering that it was our first full meet as a team, it was a good start," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve Gardiner. "It was similar to our conference and alliance meet, so it is an indicator of how well we're going to do. The wind was in the faces of the sprinters and the hurdlers, but, despite that, we scored 70 points more than we did in this meet last year. We're heading in the right direction."

The Corsairs will return to action when they host the UMass Dartmouth Invitational next Saturday.

UMASS DARTMOUTH TRACK AND FIELD