UMass Dartmouth Finishes 4th At Springfield Invitational

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth women's outdoor track and field team finished fourth this afternoon at the Springfield College Invitational.

Worcester State University won the team competition with 159 points, 50 markers ahead of the host Pride.  Division II Saint Rose posted 97 points to outdistance the Corsairs (83.70) and the Coast Guard Academy (83.50) to complete the top-five in the 12-team field.

Junior Bailey Burke (South Yarmouth, Mass.) was second in a pair of field events with her best throws of her collegiate career.  Burke placed second in the discus with a toss of 35.95 meters (117-11), while placing second in the hammer with a heave of 42.04 meters (137-11).

Sophomore Ashley Motta registered the third best throw of the javelin competition, recording a mark of 33.32 meters (109-04).  Freshman Meaghan Shurtleff (Dartmouth, Mass.) and senior Ezra Banks (Roxbury, Mass.) placed seventh and eighth in the triple jump with leaps of 10.43 meters (34-02.75) and 10.41 meters (34-02.00), respectively.

Sophomore LaQuaysia Anderson-Jenkins (Brighton, Mass.) qualified for the New England Open, Eastern College Athletic Conference and Division III New England Championships in a pair of sprinting events.  Anderson-Jenkins was the second runner across the finish line in the 200-meter dash (25.63), while placing sixth in the 100-meter dash (12.63). 

Sophomore Summer Jones (East Bridgewater, Mass.) turned in another solid performance on the track, scoring in two sprinting events.  Jones was second in the 400-meter dash with a Division III New England qualifying time of 59.92 seconds, while placing sixth in the 200-meter dash (26.97).

UMass Dartmouth will return to action on Saturday, April 26, when the Corsairs host the New England Alliance and Little East Conference Championships.