Sept. 10, 2011
BUZZARDS BAY, MA- For the fourth year in a row, a University of Massachusetts Dartmouth cross country team has won their opening meet.
This year, it was the women who were victorious, as they finished first and the men finished third in their opening meet of the season, the Travis Fuller Invitational, hosted by Massachusetts Maritime along the shores of the Cape Cod Canal Saturday.
The women finished first place in a 12 team field, scoring 32 points, and outdistancing second place Emerson, which scored 86. The men scored 84 points. Bridgewater State won the men's race with 19 points, Emmanuel was second with 81 and Emerson third with 97.
For the women, senior Meaghan Bohigian (Barre, MA/Quabbin Regional HS) led the way, finishing second with a time of 18:51 for the three-mile course. Junior Courtney Testa (Hopkinton, MA/Hopkinton HS) was third in 18:54, freshman Samantha Roderigues (Somerset, MA/Somerset HS) was sixth in 19:38, freshman Katie Sheehan (Scituate, MA/Scituate HS) was ninth in 19:51, and freshman Samantha Hurley (Agawam, MA/Agawam HS) was 12th in 20:24. Senior Megan Oliveira (Somerset, MA/Somerset HS) was 13th in 20:30, senior Stacey Dybel (Littleton, MA/Notre Dame Academy) was 16th in 20:46, and freshman Carolyn Cornell (Abington, MA/Cardinal Spellman HS) was 46th in 22:41.
For the men, freshman Ben Girard (Manchester, MA/Manchester Essex HS) was seventh in 28:27 over the five mile course. Freshman Eric Karstunen (Pembroke, MA/Pembroke HS) was 11th in 28:57, sophomore Zach Switaj (Tamworth, NH/Kennett Regional HS) was 12th in 29:10, freshman Scott Bernazzani (Abington, MA/Cardinal Spellman HS) was 25th in 30:35, freshman Matt Ferro (Halifax, MA/Silver Lake HS) was 30th in 30:59, and freshman Paul Solem (Stoughton, MA/Stoughton HS) was 41st in 31:54.
"Our two teams are pretty different," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Jon Hird. "Our women's team has some seasoned seniors and a group of freshmen, while our men's team is almost entirely freshmen, and includes a sophomore who is running cross country for the first time. I thought it was a very good start for the women. Any time you have freshmen running in their first collegiate meet, it's exciting, and it can't get any better than that. For their first effort, third place was pretty good."
The Corsairs will return to action when they host the annual UMass Dartmouth Invitational next Saturday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH CROSS COUNTRY