April 6, 2011
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-Two members of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's indoor track and field team have earned Little East Conference post-season honors.
Freshman Chris Perry (Attleboro, MA/Dighton-Rehoboth HS/BCC) has been named Little East Conference Men's Rookie Field Athlete of the Year, and Head Coach Steve Gardiner has been named LEC Men's Indoor Track and Field Coach of the Year.
The first Corsair to be so honored since star Jon Garcia (Stoneham, MA/Stoneham HS), who was also the last UMass Dartmouth track and field student-athlete to advance to the NCAA Division III Championships, Perry broke the UMD triple jump mark when he leaped 48 feet, 3 1/2 inches at the New England Division III Championships. He won the long jump, triple jump and 200 meter dash at the Little East Conference and New England Alliance Championships, and helped the Corsairs finish second in the LEC. He advanced to the NCAA Division Championships, where he finished 11th. He earned LEC weekly honors on six occasions.
"Chris' honor is well-deserved," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve Gardiner. "He had a phenomenal indoor season with a number of highlights. One was scoring 35 points at the Alliance championships, and winning three individual events. It was unfortunate that he was injured on his first jump at nationals, but he had an outstanding season, and he is in good company being mentioned with Jon Garcia."
Gardner led the Corsair men to their first top 10 finish at the New England Division III Championships in 13 years. UMass Dartmouth's second place finish at the LEC Championships tied their highest finish ever, and their ninth place at the New England Division III Championships was the highest finish by a state public university.
"Steve Gardiner is well deserving of this honor," said UMass Dartmouth Director of Athletics Ian Day. "We knew before we hired Steve that he was the right person to elevate the track & field program to the next level. I am also confident that it is only going to get better as we go forward."
The Corsairs will return to action when they host their annual invitational meet Saturday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH TRACK AND FIELD