Corsairs Perform Well at UMass Invitational

AMHERST, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's track and field team turned in some strong performances at the UMass Invitational at the UMass Track and Field Complex Saturday.

For the women, sophomore Jessica Masse (Somerville, MA/Somerville HS) broke the school record when she finished fifth in the shot put at 42 feet, 11 inches. She also finished ninth in the discus at 116-0, tying her for the second best throw in school history. In the hammer throw, senior Brittany Cole (Dartmouth, MA/Dartmouth HS) was ninth at 130 feet, one inch, the fifth best throw at UMD. Freshman Katie Sheehan (Scituate, MA/Scituate HS) was fifth in the 3000 meter steeplechase in 12:09.13, the second fastest time in school history. Senior Courtney Testa's (Hopkinton, MA/Hopkinton HS) fifth place finish in the 5000 in 18:29 was the sixth best mark recorded at UMD,

Junior Jillian Van Ness (Agawam, MA/Agawam HS) ran 100 meters in 12.72 seconds and 200 meters in 25.89 seconds. And the 4 a 100 meter relay team of sophomore Lauren Roche (Norfolk, MA/King Philip Regional HS), Van Ness, junior Shannon Singletary (Brockton, MA/Brockton HS) and sophomore Isabel Pierre (Port-au-Prince, Haiti/West Roxbury HS) was seventh in 50.78 seconds.

For the men, senior Robert Yarbough (Fall River, MA/Durfee HS) finished first in the hammer throw at 176 feet, one inch, the second best throw in school history. He also was third in the shot put at 45 feet, 3 1/2 inches. Sophomore Matt Hinthorne (Braintree, MA/Braintree HS) was fourth at 800 meters in 1:54.02, the second best mark at UMD. The Corsairs claimed the first two spots in the high jump. Freshman Aaron Amado (Randolph, MA/Thayer Academy) won the high jump at 6-7, tying him for the third best performance in school history, while freshman Adam Jones (Amesbury, MA/Triton Regional HS)was second at 6-5, the sixth best mark at UMD.

Sophomore Chris Perry (Providence, RI/Dighton-Rehoboth HS/BCC) was second in the triple jump at 46 feet, 11 inches and third in the long jump at 22-2 1.2. Jones was seventh in the triple jump at 43-1 1/2 and Amado was eighth at 42-9 1/2., while freshman Phito Gondre (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) was third in the long jump at 20 feet, 10 1./2 inches.

Sophomore Joe Texeira (Seekonk, MA/Seekonk HS) was third in the javelin at 179 feet, six inches, junior Gerald Arneaud (Dorchester, MA/Newton South HS) was seventh at 400 meters in 50.16 seconds, and the 4 x 100 meter relay team of senior Hymlaire Lamisere (Newton, MA/Newton North HS/Iona), Perry, Kainoa Culverhouse (Salisbury, MA/Triton Regional HS) and Gondre was fourth in 43.21 seconds.

"We certainly got some impressive performances from some people, such as Robert Yarbough in the hammer, Matt Hinthorne in the 800 and Jessica Masse in the shot put," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve Gardiner. "We still have some things to work on in the next couple of weeks if we want to be contenders for the title when we go to the conference and alliance meet in two weeks."

The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Connecticut College next Saturday.

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