Track Takes First, Second at UMD Invitational

April 10, 2010

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NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's track and field team shone at the UMass Dartmouth Invitational at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex Saturday.

The msn's team scored 208 points and finished first for the second year in a row, outdistancing a nine-team field. The women scored 120 points and finished second in a 13-team field. Worcester State finished first with 195 points.

Among the highlights for the Corsairs included junior Linee Mello-Frost's performance (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS), finishing first in the 100 meter hurdles and breaking the school record with a time of 15.37 seconds. Freshman Shannon Singletary (Brockton, MA/Brockton HS) finished third at 100 meters in 13.12 seconds after running 12.95 seconds in the trials, which qualified her for the Division III New England Championships and ranks as the sixth best time at UMD. Sophomore Megan Oliveira (Somerset, MA/Somerset HS) finished first at 800 meters in 2:27.43, sophomore Stacey Dybel (Littleton, MA/Notre Dame HS) was second in the 3000 meter steeplechase in 13:17.39, junior Jermai Harrison (Brockton, MA/Brockton HS) won the shot put with a toss of 37 feet, 5 ¼ inches, and sophomore Brittany Cole (Dartmouth, MA/Dartmouth HS) was third at 35-7 ¾. She was fourth in the hammer throw at 106 feet, two inches. Sophomore Emily Migre (Whitman, MA/Whitman-Hanson HS) was third in the javelin at 108-5, freshman Jamie Zizza (Stoneham, MA/Stoneham HS) was second in the pole vault at 7-6 and Alyssa Mpelkas fourth at 7-0, and the 4 x 100 meter relay team of Mello-Frost, freshman Jillian Van Ness (Agawam, MA/Agawam HS), Singletary and junior Briley Morrill (Whitman, MA/Whitman-Hanson HS) was second in 51.56 seconds.

On the men's side, senior Corey Sleep (Fall River, MA/Durfee HS) ran a personal best time of 22.89 seconds at 200 meters, finishing fourth and qualifying him for the Division III New England Championships. His time was the 10th best in school history. Sophomore Hymlaire Lamisere (Newton, MA/Newton North HS/Iona) was second at 100 meters in 11.28 seconds and qualified for the D3 New Englands, as did Sleep who was fourth in 11.48 seconds.

Freshman Matt Ford (Pembroke, MA/Pembroke HS) was first at 800 meters in 2:01.20, senior Matt Lemanski (East Longmeadow, MA/East Longmeadow HS) was second in 2:02.26, and freshman Scott Connolly (Sharon, MA/Sharon HS) was fourth in 2:03.06. Junior Eric Nygaard (Medway, MA/Medway HS) was first at 1500 meters in 4:11.32, sophomore Kevin Gilmore (Hanson, MA/Whitman-Hanson HS) was fourth in 4:15.47, and senior Tim Whelan (Abington, MA/Abington HS) was fifth at 4:17.73. Sophomore Brian McArdle (Winchester, MA/Winchester HS) was third in the 110 meter high hurdles in 15.82 seconds, junior Nick Deininger (North Attleboro, MA/North Attleboro HS) was fifth in 16.39 seconds, junior James Morgan (Stoneham, MA/Stoneham HS/Assumption) sixth in 16.49 seconds, and junior Jeff Beal (Townsend, MA/North Middlesex HS) eighth in 16.84. In the 400 meter hurdles, junior Brian Hopkins (Mendon, MA/Nipmuc Regional HS) was first in 58.51 seconds and Morgan fourth in 1:00.38. Junior Nick Santoro (Shrewsbury, MA/St. John's HS) was first in the 3000 meter steeplechase, Morgan was fifth in the pole vault at 9-6, Lamisere second in the long jump at 19-5 ½,, sophomore Robert Yarbough (Fall River, MA/Durfee HS) was first in the shot put at 42-9 3/4 , junior Kevin Markie (North Attleboro, MA/North Attleboro HS/Nichols) was second in the triple jump at 42-9. Tom Barry was first in the javelin at 168-5, the seventh best mark at UMD. It qualified him for the D3 New Englands. John Bettencourt was second at 165-1, the eighth best mark for the Corsairs, Deininger was sixth at 146 feet, and Whelan eighth at 140-8.

The 4 x 100 meter relay team of sophomore Brendan Wilson (East Falmouth, MA/East Falmouth HS/Cape Cod CC), Sleep, Markie and Lamisere was second in 44.32 seconds, the 4 x 400 meter relay team of Nicolai Kolev, freshman Jesse Perrin (Somerset, MA/Somerset HS), Lemanski and Hopkins was first in 3:35.27, and the team of Ford, freshman Darius Smith (Plympton, MA/Silver Lake Regional HS), Morgan and Connolly was second at 3:40.51.

"I'm happy with the result," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve Gardiner. "I'm glad we didn't have rain or lightning like we had in the past, we had the biggest field we have had in several years, and we had our best performance so far this spring. It was great to see Linee Mello-Frost break the school record in the 100 meter hurdles. She now has the school record both indoors and outdoors, and this is her best outdoor season since she's been at UMass Dartmouth. Shannon Singletary has now had two good meets in a row. On the guys' side, Corey Sleep goes unrecognized, but he had a nice day. Tom Barry and John Bettencourt did a nice job going 1-2 in the javelin, and both Corey Sleep and Hymlaire Lamisere qualified for D3 New Englands in two events. It was a nice improvement for us from our first two meets."

The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Connecticut College next Saturday.

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