NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's outdoor track and field team will be represented when the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships are held on the West Coast for the first time this weekend.
Sophomore Krista Chauvin (Seekonk, MA/Seekonk HS/Stonehill) will compete in the hammer throw at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps/ Burns Track and Field Complex Friday evening. Chauvin ranks seventh of the 22 competitors with a top throw of 177 feet, one inch.
Chauvin is the first Corsair to participate in the outdoor championships since Jon Garcia (Stoneham, MA/Stoneham HS) won the championship in the 110 meter hurdles in 2007. The last female student-athlete to represent UMD at outdoor nationals was Kelly Fitts (Fairhaven, MA/Fairhaven HS), who competed in the javelin in 2003, 2004 and 2005.
"When she transferred here from Stonehill, I never imagined that Krista would have the performances that she has had," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve Gardiner, "We were familiar with her from Seekonk High School, but she transferred in and has done a great job to improve as much as she has. (Assistant Coach) Darren DeAndrade has done a great job with her, as he has with all of our throwers."
Gardiner said that Chauvin's continued improvement has him optimistic for nationals. "Krista keeps getting better every week, and she is throwing further and further," said Gardiner. "Before the ECAC meet, Darren was confident that she would throw at least 175 feet, and she threw 177."
Gardiner is hoping things continue to go well. "Krista is a competitor, and she's certainly going to give it her best effort," said Gardiner. "Pressure doesn't seem to affect her, and I think she will go out and have a good performance."
UMASS DARTMOUTH TRACK AND FIELD