MEDFORD, Mass. – University of Massachusetts Dartmouth senior Bailey Burke (South Yarmouth, Mass.) earned a personal best in the weight throw to qualify for the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championships this afternoon to lead the Corsairs at the Tufts Cupid Challenge.
UMass Dartmouth compiled a total of 32 points to finish seven among the 17-team field, including besting three upcoming opponents from the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC). MIT captured the team title with 190 points followed by the host Jumbos (115).
Burke registered a distance of 14.62 meters (47-11.75) to eclipse the ECAC Championship meet standard on her second throw to place fourth among the 34-person field. The senior from South Yarmouth, Mass. exceeded her previous personal record by more than three feet.
Junior Elizabeth Bray (Mattapan, Mass.) continued her impressive season in the shot put, penning a second-place finish into her ledger. Bray used her final attempt to record a mark of 12.23 meters (40-01.50). Sophomore Meaghan Shurtleff (Dartmouth, Mass.) also posted a top-10 finish in a field event, placing 10th in the triple jump. Shurtleff covered a distance of 10.01 meters (32-10.25) on her third attempt to post a new personal best.
Junior Barbara Okafor (Hyde Park, Mass.) highlighted the Corsairs' performance on the track with a fifth place result in a highly competitive 60-meter dash field. The junior from Hyde Park, Mass. advanced to the finals with the sixth best time (8.14 seconds) in the preliminaries. She shaved off two hundredths of a second (8.12) in the finals to place fifth.
Sophomore Reme DiGiovanni (Southborough, Mass.) delivered a personal best performance in the mile run, when she completed the event with the fifth fastest time (5:30.49). In her first appearance in the 600-meter run, freshman Raybryana Dasher (New Bedford, Mass.) stopped the clock at one minute, 43.91 seconds to place eighth overall.
Junior LaQuaysia Anderson-Jenkins (Brighton, Mass.), sophomore Gelynne Berger (Somerville, Mass.), junior Summer Jones (East Bridgewater, Mass.), and Okafor combined to post the third fasted time (1:50.59) in the 4x200-meter relay.
UMass Dartmouth will return to action at noon on Saturday, Feb. 14, when the Corsairs compete in the Little East Conference and New England Alliance Championships at the Providence Career and Technical Academy in Providence, R.I.