Women's Track Performs Well at Boston University

Junior Jillian Van Ness
Junior Jillian Van Ness

BOSTON, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's track and field team turned in several strong performances at the Boston University Terrier Classic at the BU Indoor Track and Tennis Center Friday.


The 4 x 400 meter relay team set a school record. The team of freshman LaQuaysia Anderson-Jenkins (Brighton, MA/Brighton HS), senior Jillian Van Ness (Agawam, MA/Agawam HS), sophomore Katie Sheehan (Scituate, MA/Scituate HS) and freshman Michele-Le Miranda (Somerville, MA/Somerville HS) finished in 4:07.74.


At 200 meters, Van Ness turned in a season best time of 26.26 seconds, while Anderson, who ran a 60.3 second leadoff leg in the relay, finished in 26.43 seconds. Sheehan ran the mile in 5:16.78 and freshman Summer Jones (East Bridgewater, MA/East Bridgewater HS) ran 500 meters in 1:25.62, the fifth fastest time in school history. In the shot put, freshman Jasmine Burris (New Bedford, MA/Greater New Bedford Vo Tech HS) threw a season best 34 feet, seven inches, while at 800 meters, sophomore Caitlin Dorr (Foxboro, MA/Foxboro HS) finished in a season best 2:36.11.


"There were some incredible performances at the meet, with people from all over the Eastern seaboard competing," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve Gardiner. "It was a great opportunity for our people to compete at as high level as you can indoors as a collegian. It was a great atmosphere at a great facility, and a great opportunity for people to turn in their best performances of the year. We're two weeks away from the conference meet, and we're still fine tuning some things."


The men will compete Saturday.



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