Sept. 11, 2010
BRISTOL, RI-For the third year in a row, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's cross country team has won their opening meet.
The Corsairs scored 38 points and took first place in an eight-team field at the Roger Williams Invitational at Colt State Park Saturday. Johnson & Wales was second with 53 points, and the host Hawks third with 66. The women finished second in their eight-team field with 62 points, 7 points ahead of Roger Williams. Wellesley was first with 16 points. Both races were five kilometers in distance. "It was a really good day and good effort from both teams," said Corsairs head coach Jon Hird.
Junior Nick Santoro (Shrewsbury, MA/St. John's HS) of the Corsairs finished second the men's race in 16:15, senior Derek Stevens (Swampscott, MA/Swampscott) finished third in 16:17, sophomore Kevin Gilmore (Hanson, MA/Whitman-Hanson HS) was fifth in 16:30, junior Eric Nygaard (Medway, MA/Medway HS) was 11th in 16:45, sophomore Steve Burke (Norwell, MA/Norwell HS) was 17th in 17:07, freshman Cody Gibney (New Bedford, MA/Greater New Bedford Vo Tech HS) finished 27th in 18:03, freshman Steve Dowsett (Pittsfield, MA/Pittsfield HS) finished 30th in 18:10, junior Jeff Keys (Scituate, MA/Scituate HS) finished 31st in 18:11, freshman Chris Jordan (Taunton, MA/Taunton HS) finished 38th in 18:22, sophomore Kevin Cordaro(Whitman, MA/Whitman) was 45th in 18:38, and junior Wes Meserve (Merrimack, MA/Merrimack HS) was 46th in 18:43. "The men are a really dedicated group, our top three would have been within three seconds of each other if Kevin [Gilmore] hadn't fallen in the woods," said Hird.
For the women, freshman Dekontee Chea (Chelmsford, MA/Chelmsford HS) finished fifth in 19:36, sophomore Meaghan Bohigian (Barre, MA/Quabbin Regional HS) was ninth in 20:42, sophomore Courtney Testa (Hopkinton, MA/Hopkinton) finished 10th in 20:43, sophomore Megan Oliveira (Somerset, MA/Somerset HS) was 19th in 21:19, freshman Kelci Sullivan (Hanson, MA/Whitman-Hanson HS) finished 29th in 21:41, freshman Brittany Lyons (South Yarmouth, MA/Dennis-Yarmouth HS) finished 40th in 22:26, sophomore Stacey Dybel (Littleton, MA/Notre Dame Academy) was 43rd in 22:38, and junior Katie Galindo (Melrose, MA/Stoneham) finished 65th in 24:50. "We didn't really know much about [Chen], she was a revelation, she took off and pretty much led the field for the first part, Courtney didn't run cross country last year so she was a little bit of a question mark but she ran really well and Megan put in a lot of good work over the summer...we are real excited about the start of the season," said Hird.
The Corsairs will return to action when they host the annual UMass Dartmouth Invitational next Saturday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH CROSS COUNTRY