Oct. 31, 2009
KEENE, NH-Both of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's cross country teams finished third in the conference at the Little East Conference and New England Alliance Championships, hosted by Keene State at the Owl Athletic Complex Saturday. The Corsair men finished third and the women were fifth at the Alliance Championships. The women had 94 points in the LEC race and 162 in the Alliance race, while the men had 82 and 107. Keene State won the women's championship, while Southern Maine took the men's race.
Junior Nick Santoro (Shrewsbury, MA/St. John's HS) was the top finisher for the men, finishing 15th in the five mile LEC race in 27:16. Sophomore Kevin Gilmore (Hanson, MA/Whitman-Hanson HS) was 15th in 27:38, freshman Jeremy Francisco (Dartmouth, MA/Darmouth HS) was 19th in 27:44, senior Tim Whelan (Abington, MA/Abington HS) was 27th in 27:25, junior Eric Nygaard (Medway, MA/Medway HS) was 44th in 28:36, sophomore Steve Burke (Norwell, MA/Norwell HS) was 50th in 28:50, senior David Buschini (Newburyport, MA/Newburyport HS) was 68th in 29:33, and sophomore Ryan Sechovicz (Kingston, MA/Silver Lake Regional HS) was 73rd in 29:40. For the women, sophomore Caitlin McGarrigal (Shutesbury, MA/Amherst Regional HS) led the way, finishing the five kilometer race in fourth place with a time of 19:31. Sophomore Megan Oliveira (Somerset, MA/Somerset HS) was 17th in 21:13, sophomore Tessa McGrail (Shrewsbury, MA/Shrewsbury HS) was 21st in 21:42, sophomore Stacey Dybel (Littleton, MA/Notre Dame Academy) was 24th in 22:09, sophomore Meghan Bohigian (Barre, MA/Quabbin Regional HS) was 29th in 22:31, freshman Rachel Leblanc (Somerset, MA/Somerset HS) was 30th in 22:33, and senior Jess Carpenter (Rutland, MA/Wachusett Regional HS) was 35th in 23:01.
"The men's race was a good example of what a fairly strong team can do," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Jon Hird. "Kevin Gilmore and Tim Whelan had bounce-back races from Albany, and Eric Nygaard stepped up and filled the fifth spot, which is so important. Nick continued to be steady for us. The big story for the women was Caitlin McGarigal finishing fourth overall, she ran an outstanding race. There was a lot of water on the course, and while it's normally a fast course, it was slow. Both of our teams ran a pretty solid race, our placing was the same as it was last year, but it was a much stronger race." The Corsairs will return to action at the NCAA Division III Regional Championships at the Twin Brooks Recreational Center in Cumberland, ME in two weeks.
UMASS DARTMOUTH CROSS COUNTRY