Men 2nd, 3rd, Women 3rd, 6th at LEC/Alliance Championships

Feb. 12, 2011

GORHAM, ME-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's indoor track and field team acquitted themselves well at the Little East Conference and New England Alliance Championships at the University of Southern Maine Fieldhouse Saturday.|

The men finished second in the six-team LEC race with 117 points, and third in the 10-team Alliance with 95 points. The women were third in the LEC with 84 points, and sixth in the Alliance with 56 points. Southern Maine won both championships.

For the men, freshman Chris Perry (Attleboro, MA/Dighton-Rehoboth HS/BCC) won three of the four events he participated in and accounted for 35 points. He won the triple jump at 48 feet, 3 1/4 inches, setting meet and school records and qualifying automatically for the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships. He also won the long jump at 22 feet, 1 3/4 inches and the 200 meters in 22.84 seconds, while finishing fourth at 55 meters in 6.62 seconds, the third fastest time ever at UMD.

Freshman Brandon Higgins (Wareham MA/Upper Cape Cod Regional Vo Tech HS) also finished first, winning the high jump at 6-4. In the mile, senior Eric Nygaard (Medway, MA/Medway HS) finished second in 4:17.84, breaking the school record but losing by a step after racing the last half of the race in 2:05. At 600 meters, sophomore Matt Hinthorne (Braintree, MA/Braintree HS) broke the school record that Nygaard set last week when he finished third in 1:23.86. Sophomore Kyle Costa (Somerset, MA/Somerset HS/Vermont) was fifth in 1:24.14. At 800 meters, sophomore Scott Connolly (Sharon, MA/Sharon HS) finished sixth in 2:00.23. Senior Steve Burke (Norwell, MA/Norwell HS) was fourth at 3000 meters in 8:52.62, junior Robert Yarbough (Fall River, MA/ Durfee HS) was third in the 35 pound weight throw with a personal best mark of 51-2 1/4 and seventh in the shot put at 46-5 1/2, and senior Nick Deininger (North Attleboro, MA/North Attleboro HS) was sixth in the 55 meter hurdles in 8.29 seconds, while senior Jeff Beal (Townsend, MA/North Middlesex HS) was seventh in 8.47 seconds. The 4 x 800 meter relay team of Burke, Nygaard, sophomore Matt Ford (Pembroke, MA/Pembroke HS) and freshman Zach Switaj (Tamworth, NH/Kennett Regional HS) was fifth in 8:31.30, while the 4 x 400 relay team of Costa, Connolly, graduate student Tyler Buck (Valley Center, CA/Valley Center HS) and Hinthorne was third in 3:31.78.

For the women, freshman Jessica Masse (Somerville, MA/Somerville HS) was a champion, finishing first in the shot put and setting a meet record with a throw of 40 feet, six inches. Junior Brittany Cole (Dartmouth, MA/Dartmouth HS) was sixth at 36-7 3/4. At 200 meters, sophomore Jillian Van Ness (Agawam, MA/Agawam HS) was third in 27.05 seconds. At 55 meters, freshman Ezra Banks (Boston, MA/Newton South HS) was third in 7.49 seconds, while Van Ness was fourth in 7.51. Banks was seventh in the triple jump at 34 feet, 3/4 inch.

At 1000 meters, junior Meagan Bohigian (Barre, MA/Quabbin Regional HS) was third in a school record time of 3:06.11, while senior Linee Mello-Frost (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) was second in the 55 meter hurdles in 8.86 seconds. At 3000 meters, freshman Courtney Testa (Hopkinton, MA/Hopkinton HS) was seventh in 11:02.80. The 4 x 200 meter relay team of Van Ness, freshman Lauren Roche (Norfolk, MA/King Phillip Regional HS), senior Briley Morrill (Whitman, MA/Whitman-Hanson Regional HS) and Banks broke the school record when they finished fourth in 1:50.71. The 4 x 400 relay team of Van Ness, Morrill, freshman Caitlin Dorr (Foxboro, MA/Foxboro HS) and Bohigian was sixth in 4:33.24.

"We are continuing to make progress, and we've put ourselves in position to be a contender on the men's side," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve Gardiner. "We are one of the top teams, and we won't be satisfied until we win the meet. We're pleased that we're solidifying our position. We need to continue to add depth on the women's side. We are continuing to add strong personnel, and we're pleased with the progress we're making. Chris Perry, Eric Nygaard, Jillian Van Ness and Meagan Bohigian all did tremendous jobs today."

The Corsairs will return to action at the New England Division III Championships next Saturday.

UMASS DARTMOUTH TRACK AND FIELD