Three Earn All-New England Honors at Open New England Championships

Senior Courtney Testa

CAMBRIDGE, MA-Three members of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's outdoor track and field team finished eighth and earned All-New England honors on the first day of competition at the two-day Open New England Championships Friday at MIT's Henry G. Steinbrenner '27 Stadium.

In the javelin, junior Joe Texeira (Seekonk, MA/Seekonk HS) finished eighth with a throw of 189 feet, 11 inches. Senior Robert Yarbough (Fall River, MA/Durfee HS) was eighth in the hammer with a toss of 174 feet, two inches, which is his second best throw in that event.

Sophomore Krista Chauvin (Seekonk, MA/Seekonk HS/Stonehill) finished eighth in the hammer at 163-10 and also earned All-New England honors.

Freshman Phito Gondre (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) won his heat at 100 meters in 10.86 seconds and qualified for Saturday's final. He also ran the 200 in 22.29 seconds, but did not advance.

Senior Courtney Testa (Hopkinton, MA/Hopkinton HS) finished 11th of 19 runners at 10,000 meters in 39:24.88. In the 400 meter hurdles, freshman Jacob Texeira (Seekonk, MA/Seekonk HS) finished in 55.97 seconds, and freshman Kainoa Culverhouse (Salisbury, MA/Triton Regional HS) ran the 110 meter hurdles in 16.07 seconds, and neither advanced to the finals.

"It was good to see Rob (Yarbough) put a good throw out there for the second best throw of his life," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve Gardiner.

"Despite the fact that Krista put a little pressure on herself because she is ranked high in the hammer and has a chance to go to nationals, she still came through and threw within about a foot of her best throw," said UMass Dartmouth Assistant Coach Jon Hird. "She stood in with some good throwers. This is the first time Courtney has run 10,000 meters. Once she got the fourth mile out of the way, she picked it up and ran well."

The meet will conclude Saturday.

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