Cross Country 23rd, 32nd at NCAA Regionals

Cross Country 23rd, 32nd at NCAA Regionals

WESTFIELD, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's cross country teams turned in good performances at the NCAA Division III Regional Championships Saturday, hosted by Westfield State at Stanley Park Saturday.


The men finished 23rd in a field of 50 teams with 694 points. Middlebury won the meet with 94 points. The women were 32nd of 51 teams with 892 points. MIT was first with 58 points.  


The men were led by junior Chris Jordan (Taunton, MA/Taunton HS), who finished 97th in the five mile race in 26:57.   Freshman Michael Vaz (Dartmouth, MA/Greater New Bedford Regional Vo Tech) was 132nd in 27:38, junior Zach Switaj (Tamworth, NH/Kennett Regional HS) was 146th in 27:46, sophomore Eric Karstunen (Pembroke, MA/Pembroke HS), was 156th in 27:58, sophomore Scott Bernazzani (Abington, MA/Cardinal Spellman HS) was 160th in 28:02, , freshman Ryan Hayes (Kingston, MA/Silver Lake HS) was 178th in 28:19, and freshman Mike Bodden (Shrewsbury, MA/Shrewsbury HS) was 182nd in 28:21.


For the women, sophomore Katie Sheehan (Scituate, MA/Scituate HS) was 62nd in 22:59 for the race, with covered 6000 kilometers.  Freshman Katisha Bellegarde (Methuen, MA/Methuen HS) was 142nd in 24:27, sophomore Renee Laurencelle (Tyngsboro, MA/Tyngsboro HS) was 220th in 25:56, sophomore Caitlin Dorr (Foxboro, MA/Foxboro HS) was 236th in 26:15, sophomore Meghan Cutler (Attleboro, MA/Attleboro HS) was 253rd in 26:36 and sophomore Jessica Connor (Worcester, MA/Doherty HS) was 272nd in 27:19.


"For both teams, it was a very good end to a very good season," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Jon Hird, "Our men came out pretty well. If we had run our absolute best race of the season, we might have been able to finish 20th. Our women ran hard, they were a little bit banged up but they turned in a good effort. Our last race here (the Little East Conference and New England Alliance Championships) was our high water mark, and it's a little more difficult to duplicate that in a race with so many runners. The New England Region is the largest in the country."


"Katie Sheehan ran very well," Hird added. "She ran a faster time this year than she did last year on a more difficult course. Our men moved up four places from last year."


The competition marked the end of the season for the Corsairs.