April 26, 2008
ROVIDENCE, RI- The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's track and field team had 15 personal bests at the Little East Conference and New England Alliance Championships at Rhode Island College's Black Track Complex.
Both teams finished fifth at the six-team Little East Conference Championships, the men with 76 points, and the women with 42. Southern Maine won both titles, their women scoring 199 points and the men scoring 194. The Corsair men were sixth and women eighth in the 12-team New England Alliance final standings. UMass Dartmouth's men scored 56 points, the women 38. Southern Maine won the women's team championship with 174 points, while Westfield State was the men's champion with 145.
Senior Chris Jodoin (Uxbridge, MA/Uxbridge HS/Maine) won the 400 meter hurdles in 54.93 seconds and set a school record when he finished first at 400 meters in 49.38 seconds. Senior Eric Holmes (Abington, MA/ Abington HS) was first in the 3000 meter steeplechase in 9:44.7, and sophomore Derek Stevens (Swampscott, MA/Swampscott HS) was third in 10:12.8, which allowed him to qualify for the New England Championships and was a personal best. Junior Jimmy Knuuttila (Lunenburg, MA/Lunenburg HS) was fifth in the 400 meters (58.35 seconds), a personal best, and junior Tyler Buck (Valley Center, CA/Valley Center HS).was fifth at 800 meters in 2:00.34 and sophomore Tim Whelan seventh in 2:01.02, both also being personal bests. Freshman Eric Nygaard (Medway, MA/Medway HS) was ninth at 1500 meters in 4:11.17 and Whelan was 11th in 4:11.97, freshman Nick Deininger (North Attleboro, MA/North Attleboro HS) was fifth in the 110 meter hurdles in 16.60 seconds, and the 4 x 400 meter relay team of senior Sam Machuor (Newbury, MA/Triton Regional HS), freshman Bobby Miller (Westfield, MA/Westfield HS), Buck and Jodoin was third in 3:24.62.
For the women, freshman Jermai Harrison (Brockton, MA/Brockton HS) was second in the shot put at 35 feet, 5 3/4 inches and third in the discus at 104 feet, four inches, while junior Hilary Baker (Middleborough, MA/ Middleborough HS) was fourth in the shot at 34 feet, 3/4 inch and second in the discus at 104-4. Senior Leanne Nygaard (Medway, MA/Medway HS) turned in a personal best performance at 800 meters, finishing eighth in 2:26.81, sophomore Jess Carpenter (Rutland, MA/Wachusett Regional HS) was 10th with a personal best time of 2:27.67, senior Marliana Gaspardi (Dartmouth, MA/Dartmouth HS) and Nygaard had personal bests at 800 and 1500 meters (2:44.63 and 5:00.45, respectively), and the 4 x 100 meter relay team of freshman Linee Mello-Frost (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS), senior Deanna Bealby (Peterborough, NH/Contocook Valley HS), sophomore Stephanie Dinardis (Fairhaven, MA/Fairhaven HS) and freshman Briley Morrill (Whitman, MA/Whitman-Hanson HS) was sixth in a team best time of 53.97 seconds.
"Our team really competed well," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Jon Hird. "Both teams should be proud of themselves."
The Corsairs will return to action at the New England Division III Championships at Coast Guard next Saturday.