Cross Country Finishes Eighth, Ninth at Codfish Bowl

Sept. 25, 2010

BOSTON, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's cross country team finished ninth out of 25 teams and the women tied for eighth in a 23-team field at the Codfish Bowl at Franklin Park Saturday.

The Corsair men scored 242 points, 37 points behind eighth-place C.W. Post, while Bentley was first with 72 points. The UMD women scored 228 points, two in back of seventh-place Saint Anselm, and tied with Bryant for eighth place. The Greater Boston Track Club was first with 28 points.

Senior Nick Santoro (Shrewsbury, MA/St. John's HS) of the Corsairs finished 15th in the men's race in 26:37, junior Kevin Gilmore (Hanson, MA/Whitman-Hanson HS) was 38th in 27:39, senior Derek Stevens (Swampscott, MA/Swampscott HS) finished 39th in 27:39, senior Eric Nygaard (Medway, MA/Medway HS) was 74th in 28:26, freshmen Cody Gibney (New Bedford, MA/Greater New Bedford Vo Tech HS) finished 129th in 29:49, junior Steve Burke (Norwell, MA/Norwell HS) was 146th in 30:18, senior Wes Meserve (Merrimack, MA/Merrimack HS) finished 147th in 30:22, and freshmen Chris Jordan (Taunton, MA/Taunton HS) finished 148th in 30:26.

For the women, freshman Dekontee Chea (Chelmsford, MA/Chelmsford HS) finished 18th in 20:20, junior Meaghan Bohigian (Barre, MA/Quabbin Regional HS) was 45th in 21:16, junior Megan Oliveira (Somerset, MA/Somerset HS) was 57th in 21:31, junior Caitlin McGargial (Shutesbury, Ma/Amhearst Regional HS) finished 70th in 21:46, junior Courtney Testa (Hopkinton, MA/Hopkinton) finished 79th in 21:58, freshmen Kelci Sullivan (Hanson, MA/Whitman-Hanson HS) finished 106th in 22:53, junior Stacey Dybel (Littleton, MA/Notre Dame Academy) was 117th in 23:07, freshmen Brittany Lyons (South Yarmouth, MA/Dennis-Yarmouth HS) finished 132nd in 23:33, , and senior Katie Galindo (Melrose, MA/Stoneham HS) finished 211th in 26:29.

"Today there were tough conditions, 85 degrees and humid, which are not good running conditions but I thought our women held up really well," said Corsairs Head Coach Jon Hird. "I think that for the women, it was a really good sign that together as a group they really can race well and if we ever get to a point where we are hitting on all cylinders, and all five or six of them race well, it's going to be a good group," continued Hird. "Dekontee did a great job, Meaghan also did a great job and Megan Oliveira ran one of her best races in her three years here at UMass Dartmouth."

"For the men, they didn't run as well as they had in the week before, but they are a veteran group so they will regroup quickly," said Hird. "The good thing for the men is that this is the kind of a race where you get a little bit of a wake up call which is helpful and we are back there in two weeks and if I know this group, they will be ready for a fight."

The Corsairs will return to action when they return to Boston for the Open New England Championships in two weeks.

UMASS DARTMOUTH CROSS COUNTRY