Track Performs Well at Solomon Husky Invitational

April 16, 2011

DEDHAM, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's outdoor track and field team continue to improve at the Solomon Husky Invitational at the Solomon Track Saturday. No team scores were recorded at the meet.

At 1500 meters, junior Meagan Bohigian (Barre, MA/Quabbin Regional HS) finished eighth in 4:53.12. It was the seventh best outdoor mark at UMass Dartmouth, and qualified her for the Division III New England Championships. Junior Courtney Testa (Hopkinton, MA/Hopkinton HS) was sixth at 5000 meters in 19:12.30, and junior Megan Oliveira (Somerset, MA/Somerset HS) was ninth at 800 meters in 2:30.8. Freshman Ezra Banks (Boston, MA/Newton South HS) and was fourth in the triple jump at 35 feet, one inch, the third best mark at UMass Dartmouth. She was also ninth at 100 meters in 12.99 seconds, the seventh best mark at UMD.

UMass Dartmouth had three of the top seven finishers in the shot put. Freshman Jessica Masse (Somerville, MA/Somerville HS) was second at 38 feet, one-half inch; .junior Brittany Cole (Dartmouth, MA/ Dartmouth HS) was sixth at 35-2, and senior Ulrike Schonemund (Langgoon, Germany) finished seventh at 33 feet, one-half inch. In the discus, Masse was fourth at 110 feet, one inch and Cole was eighth at 99-3 ¾, while Cole was eighth in the hammer throw at 119-7. In the javelin, junior Emily Migre (Whitman, MA/ Whitman-Hanson HS) was fifth at 103-1, and the 4 x 400 meter relay team of Bohigian, sophomore Morgan Cooper (Sunderland, MA/Frontier Regional HS), freshman Caitlin Dorr (Foxboro, MA/Foxboro HS) and sophomore Kim Urena (Marlboro, MA/Marlboro HS) was third in 4:18.50.

For the men, senior Eric Nygaard (Medway, MA/Medway HS) was third at 800 meters in 1:57.47, the 10th best mark at UMass Dartmouth, which qualified him for the Division III New England Championships. Senior Nick Santoro (Shrewsbury, MA/St. John's HS) finished third at 10,000 meters in 32:12.78, the ninth best mark at UMD and one which also qualified him for the Division III New England Championships. In the javelin, freshman Joe Texeira (Seekonk, MA/Seekonk HS) finished first at 177 feet, one inch, while freshman Brett Croteau (Rehoboth, MA/Dighton-Rehoboth HS) was third in the same event at 169 feet.

Freshman Chris Cole (Dartmouth, MA/Dartmouth HS) was eighth in the discus with a personal best throw of 126 feet, one inch. In the 400 meter hurdles, sophomore Kyle Costa (Somerset, MA/Somerset HS/Vermont) was second in 59.5 seconds, and senior Jeff Beal (Townsend, MA/North Middlesex HS) was third in 64 seconds. Beal was third in the 100 meter hurdles in 17.40 seconds Senior Steve Burke (Norwell, MA/Norwell HS) was fourth in the 3000 meter steeplechase in 10:45.68. The 4 x 400 meter relay team of Costa, sophomore Matt Hinthorne (Braintree, MA/Braintree HS), Nygaard and freshman Marcus Cusick (Westport, MA/Diman Regional HS) was third in 3;30.11. "We came into the meet a little tired after the weather threw us a curveball during the week, which affected our training," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve Gardiner. "In spite of that, we had some very good performances. Our throwers did well, Brittany Cole made the finals in three events and Jessica Masse made the finals in two in a meet with a lot of Division I participants. It was good to see Joe Texeira finish first against Division I competition. We're heading into the home stretch of our schedule, with one more meet next week before we go to conference."

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

UMASS DARTMOUTH TRACK AND FIELD