Freshman Ben Girard
WESTFIELD, MA- The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth cross country teams ran well at the James Earley Invitational, hosted by Westfield State at Stanley Park Saturday.
The women finished eighth in a field of 38 teams with 205 points, while the men were 10th of 31 teams with 342 points. Coast Guard finished first in both races.
For the women, freshman Katie Sheehan (Scituate, MA/Scituate HS) led the way for the first time, finishing 13th in 19:23 for the 5000 meter race. Junior Courtney Testa (Hopkinton, MA/Hopkinton HS) was 16th in 19:32, senior Meaghan Bohigian (Barre, MA/Quabbin Regional HS) finished 18th in 19:36, freshman Samantha Roderigues (Somerset, MA/Somerset HS) was 62nd in 20:39, senior Megan Oliveira (Somerset, MA/Somerset HS) was 116th in 21:38, senior Stacey Dybel (Littleton, MA/Notre Dame Academy) finished 118th in 21:41, freshman Carolyn Cornell (Abington, MA/Cardinal Spellman HS) was 119th, also in 21:41, and freshman Renee Laurencelle (Tyngsboro, MA/Tyngsboro HS) was 131st in 21:52.
For the men, freshman Ben Girard (Manchester, MA/Manchester Essex HS) was 22nd in 27:20 over the five mile course. Freshman Eric Karstunen (Pembroke, MA/Pembroke HS) was 86th in 28:48, sophomore Zach Switaj (Tamworth, NH/Kennett Regional HS) was 90th in 28:56, freshman Scott Bernazzani (Abington, MA/Cardinal Spellman HS) was 96th in 29:06, freshman Matt Ferro (Halifax, MA/Silver Lake HS)was 113th in 29:32, and freshman David Yumping (Brockton, MA/Brockton HS) was 189th in 31:22.
"On a great day for racing, we picked a good day to race well," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Jon Hird. "The women had a real breakthrough race with three people running 19:36 or better. Everyone ran as well as they have run this season, and Katie Sheehan ran out of her mind. Our team is beginning to come together well, and we gave ourselves an indication of the kind of race we can run. The men are still making adjustments, and I liked what I saw about their willingness to race hard. We have to continue to train and get stronger, and if we do, we are going to beat some teams and surprise some people."
The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Connecticut College next Saturday.