Track is Solid at Tufts Stampede

Feb. 6, 2010

MEDFORD, MA-There were no team scores recorded, but there were several strong performances turned in by the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's indoor track and field teams at the Tufts Stampede at the Gantcher Family Sports and Convocation Center Saturday.

Women's highlights included freshman Jillian Van Ness (Agawam, MA/Agawam HS) finishing second at 55 meters in 7.58 seconds, posting her best mark at UMass Dartmouth and the fourth fastest time in the Corsair record books. Junior Jermai Harrison (Brockton, MA/Brockton HS) was second in the shot put at 38 feet, ¼ inch, while sophomore Brittany Cole (Dartmouth, MA/Dartmouth HS) was fifth at 35-2 ½ and qualified for the New England Division III Championships. Freshman Meredith Drake (South Deerfield, MA/Frontier Regional HS) was fourth in the pole vault at 7 feet, 6 ½ inches, sophomore Patience Noah (Framingham, MA/Keefe Tech) was fifth in the triple jump at 33-6 ¼, and the 4 x 200 meter relay team of Van Ness, freshman Kim Urena (Marlborough, MA/Marlborough HS), Noah and junior Briley Morrill (Whitman, MA/Whitman-Hanson Regional HS) was third in 1:54.71.

For the men, sophomore Robert Yarbough (Fall River, MA/Durfee HS) was second in the 35 pound weight throw at 50 feet, 3 1/2 inches, the third best throw at UMD in Yarbough's first time in that event. He qualified for the New England Division III Championships and the ECAC Championships. Yarbough was also second in the shot put at 45-6 ¼.

In the long jump, freshman Kaylin Miranda (Brighton, MA/O'Bryant HS) placed first at 21 feet, 5 ½ inches, senior J.T. Harold (North Andover, MA/ Austin Prep) was second at 21 feet, ¾ inch, and junior Marcus Williams (Worcester, MA/Doherty HS) was seventh at 19-11 ½. Four Corsairs made the finals in the 55 meter hurdles, with junior Nick Deininger (North Attleboro, MA/North Attleboro HS) second in 8.08 seconds, the seventh fastest time in school history. Sophomore Brian McArdle (Winchester, MA/Winchester HS) was third in 8.16, junior James Morgan (Stoneham, MA/Stoneham HS/Assumption) was seventh in 8.31 seconds, and junior Jeff Beal (Townsend, MA/ North Middlesex HS) was seventh in 8.39 seconds.

Junior Kevin Markie (North Attleboro, MA/North Attleboro HS/Nichols) was fourth in the triple jump at 43 feet, two inches, while Beal was seventh in 40-8 ½. school history. Sophomore Kevin Gilmore (Hanson, MA/Whitman-Hanson HS) was fourth at 3000 meters in 8:52.97, junior Eric Nygaard (Medway, MA/Medway HS) was fifth at 600 meters in 1:25.12, qualifying for the Division III New Englands in a time that ranked third overall at UMD, sophomore Hymlaire Lamisere (Newton, MA/ Newton North HS/Iona) was sixth at 55 meters in 6.67 seconds, freshman Darius Smith (Plympton. MA/Silver Lake Regional HS) was sixth at 200 meters in 23.63 seconds, senior Matt Lemanski (East Longmeadow, MA/East Longmeadow HS) ran 1000 meters in 2:36.82, qualifying for the Division III New Englands in the fifth best time at UMD, and senior Tim Whelan (Abington, MA/Abington HS) ran 1000 meters in 2:37.59, the eighth fastest time at UMD, which also qualified him for the Division III New Englands. The 4 x 200 meter relay team of Smith, senior Corey Sleep (Fall River, MA/Durfee HS), sophomore Brendan Wilson (Falmouth, MA/Falmouth HS/Cape Cod CC) and Lamisere finished second in 1:35.85, while the 4 x 800 meter relay team of freshman Matt Ford (Pembroke, MA/ Pembroke HS), Nygaard, Whelan and freshman Jesse Perrin (Somerset, MA/Somerset HS) was fourth in 8:28.12.

"We really established ourselves well, going into the conference meet next week," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve Gardiner. "I was pleased with our performance, and we're excited about next week. This sets us up well for next weekend."

The Corsairs will return to action when they travel to Southern Maine for the Little East Conference and New England Alliance Championships next Saturday.

UMASS DARTMOUTH TRACK AND FIELD