Track Earns Sweep at UMass Dartmouth Invitational
April 11, 2009
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-Both University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's outdoor track and field teams were victorious at the annual UMass Dartmouth Invitational at the UMD Athletic Complex Saturday.
The Corsair men scored 301 points to finish first in a seven-team field, outdistancing Mass Maritime, which was second with 69 points. The UMD women had 188 points, finishing first in a 10-team field. Salem State was next with 106.
For the men, sophomore Kevin Markie (North Attleboro, MA/North Attleboro HS/Nichols) won the triple jump at 43 feet, three inches. Freshman Gerald Arneaud (Dorchester, MA/Newton North HS) won the 400 meter run in 51.12 seconds, and freshman Robert Yarbrough (Fall River, MA/Durfee HS) won both the hammer throw with a toss of 125 feet, four inches, and the shot put at 40 feet, 7 ½ inches. Freshman Tom Barry (Wilmington, MA/Wilmington HS) also won twice, taking the javelin with a throw of 158 feet, one inch and the 400 hurdles in 59.63 seconds.
On the women's side, sophomore Linee Mello-Frost (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) won the 100 meter hurdles in 16.73 seconds, freshman Brittany Cole (Dartmouth, MA/Dartmouth HS) won the hammer throw at 96 feet, freshman Megan Oliveira (Somerset, MA/Somerset HS) won at 800 meters in 2:36.77, and freshman Courtney Testa (Hopkinton, MA/Hopkinton HS) won at 5000 meters in 19:58.79. Freshman Kristina Lundquist (Yarmouthport, MA/Dennis-Yarmouth HS) was seventh in the javelin at 81 feet, two inches, won the high jump at four feet, four inches, and was fifth at 200 meters in 30.65 seconds, but, in the process, qualified for the Division III New England Championships in the pentathlon.
"Once again, Mother Nature was the story of the meet," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve Gardiner. "We hope we get better weather over the next few weeks to hit some more qualifying marks. For the guys, Kevin Markie did a good job, considering the conditions, and Gerald Arneaud was impressive in the 400 running into rain that was going sideways. Robert Yarbrough improved 32 feet in the hammer throw, and that's an event he's never competed in until this spring. Tom Barry had a nice double, winning the javelin and the 400 hurdles. For the women, Linee Mello-Frost looked very strong in winning the hurdles, Brittany Cole won the hammer throw and that's an event she hadn't competed in before this spring, and it was good to see Megan Oliveira win the 800 and Courtney Testa the 5000. Kristina Lundquist scored enough points in her events last week at Fitchburg and today to get into the New England Division III Pentathlon.:
The Corsairs will return to action at Connecticut College next Saturday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH TRACK AND FIELD