Corsair Men Fourth, Testa Tops for Women at Williams' Plansky Invitational

Oct. 18, 2008

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's cross country team finished fourth in a nine-team field at the Plansky Invitational, hosted by Williams at Mount Greylock High School Saturday.

The men had 126 points, 95 points behind first-place MIT. The Corsair women had only four runners and did not receive a team score.

Freshman Courtney Testa (Hopkinton, MA/Hopkinton HS) led the women in the 6k race, finishing 37th in 24:53. Freshman Stacey Dybel (Littleton, MA/Notre Dame HS) was 71st in 26:26, sophomore Jess Carpenter (Rutland, MA/Wachusett Regional HS) was 80th in 26:48, and sophomore Deirdre Ginley (Taunton, MA/Taunton HS) was 81st, also in 26:48.

For the men, senior Eric Holmes (Abington, MA/Abington HS) was 22nd in 27:27, junior Derek Stevens (Swampscott, MA/Swampscott HS) was 24th in 27:38, freshman Travis Wright (Hanson, MA/Whitman-Hanson HS) was 30th in 27:52, freshman Kevin Gilmore (Hanson, MA/Whitman-Hanson HS) was 34th in 27:57, freshman Jared Correia (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) was 43rd in 28:08, sophomore Eric Nygaard (Medway, MA/Medway HS) was 55th in 28:42, junior Matt Lemanski (East Longmeadow, MA/East Longmeadow HS) was 74th in 29:51, junior Tim Whalen (Abington, MA/Abington HS) was 78th in 30:11, freshman Rich Goldblatt (New Bedford, MA/Greater New Bedford Vo Tech HS) was 81st in 30:29, sophomore Wes Meserve (Merrimack, MA/Merrimack HS) 91st in 31:32, senior Tyler Buck (Valley Center, CA/Valley Center HS) was 94th in 31:44, and freshman Dan Rutledge (Middleboro, MA/Middleboro HS) was 101st in 34:28.

"Our men ran as good a race as we've run in three or four years," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Jon Hird. "They did a tremendous job. The spread between our first and fifth runners was only 41 seconds, which was remarkable. We ran very well in a tight group. The women ran well on the same course as the regionals will be held on. Stacey Dybal had a great race, Courtney Testa did a good job, and Jess Carpenter and Deirdre Ginley ran well. They're doing a very good job of running quality races while their teammates get healthy. When we are healthy and have our conference meet in a couple of weeks, we'll be all right."

The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Westfield State for the Little East Conference and Alliance Championships November 1st.