April 24, 2010
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's track and field team finished third at the Little East Conference/ Track and Field Championships at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex Saturday afternoon. The men were fifth in the New England Alliance Championships, while the women were sixth.
The men scored 82 points in the LEC meet. Southern Maine was first with 157.5 points. The women scored 60 points. USM also took the women's title with 234 points. In the Alliance, which includes teams from the LEC and the Massachusetts Collegiate Athletic Conference, UMD's men were fifth with 78 points, while the women were sixth with 58 points. Southern Maine took the women's title with 230 points, and the men's championship with 155.5 points.
For the second week in a row, the Corsairs broke a pair of school records. Junior Linee Mello-Frost (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) won both the LEC and Alliance titles in the 100 meter hurdles in 15.28 seconds. She ran 15.19 in the trials, and those are her two personal bests in that event. The 4 x 100 meter relay team broke the school record when they finished first in the LEC and second in the Alliance. The team of Mello-Frost, freshman Jillian Van Ness (Agawam, MA/Agawam HS), freshman Shannon Singletary (Brockton, MA/Brockton HS) and junior Briley Morrill (Whitman, MA/Whitman-Hanson HS) set a record with their time of 49.75 seconds.
Junior Jermai Harrison (Brockton, MA/Brockton HS) won the shot put with a toss of 39 feet, one inch. She was also seventh in the discus at 104 feet. Sophomore Caitlin McGarigal (Shutesbury, MA/Amherst Pelham Regional HS) was second at 5000 meters in 19:05.00, Singletary was fifth at 100 meters in 13.05 seconds and eighth at 200 meters in 27.50 seconds, sophomore Brittany Cole (Dartmouth, MA/Dartmouth HS) was sixth in the shot put at 35 feet, six inches, sophomore Jess Carpenter (Rutland, MA/Wachusett Regional HS) was sixth at 800 meters in 2:25.82, sophomore Stacey Dybel (Littleton, MA/Notre Dame HS) was seventh in the 3000 meter steeplechase in 13:21.92, sophomore Emily Migre (Whitman, MA/Whitman-Hanson HS) was seventh in the javelin at 111-10, and freshman Jamie Zizza (Stoneham, MA/Stoneham HS) was eighth in the pole vault at seven feet, 9 1/4 inches.
Men's highlights included sophomore Kevin Gilmore's (Hanson, MA/Whitman-Hanson HS) LEC and Alliance championship at 5000 meters in 15:43.43, freshman Kaylin Miranda (Brighton, MA/O'Bryant HS) winning the LEC and finishing second in the Alliance in the long jump at 22 feet, nine inches, and junior Kevin Markie (North Attleboro, MA/North Attleboro HS/Nichols) taking the LEC title and finishing second in the Alliance in the triple jump at 44-10 3/4. Junior Nick Santoro (Shrewsbury, MA/St. John's HS)was second at 10,000 meters in 32.14.31, junior Steve Burke (Norwell, MA/Norwell HS) was second in the 3000 meter steeplechase in 9:48.66, sophomore Brian McArdle (Winchester, MA/Winchester HS) was fourth in the 110 meter high hurdles in 15.70 after finishing the trials in 15.37 seconds, the eighth best mark at UMD, and the 4 x 100 meter relay team of sophomore Brendan Wilson (East Falmouth, MA/East Falmouth HS/Cape Cod CC), senior Corey Sleep (Fall River, MA/Durfee HS), Markie and sophomore Hymlaire Lamisere (Newton, MA/Newton North HS/Iona) was fourth in 43.18 seconds.
Freshman Scott Connolly (Sharon, MA/Sharon HS) was fifth at 800 meters in 1:59.56, sophomore Robert Yarbough (Fall River, MA/Durfee HS) was fifth in the hammer throw with the best toss at UMD, 149 feet six inches, and was sixth in the shot put at 44-8 3/4, Lamisere was sixth at 100 meters in 11.36 seconds, junior Eric Nygaard (Medway, MA/Medway HS) was sixth at 1500 meters and qualified for the Division III New England Championships in 4:03.81, senior Matt Lemanski (East Longmeadow, MA/East Longmeadow HS) was sixth at 800 meters in 1:59.79, and junior Brian Hopkins (Mendon, MA/Nipmuc Regional HS) was seventh in the 400 meter hurdles in 59.91 seconds.
"The women moved up from last year's outdoor performance, and the guys finished in the same place they did last year, but with faster times than last year," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve Gardiner. "Our women have improved and become a more balanced team, and our men are faster than they were last year, but the league has improved as well. It shows that we have to work even harder. We're moving forward with two more school records and great enthusiasm, and we're heading in the right direction."
The Corsairs will return to action at the New England Division III Championships at Tufts next Saturday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH TRACK AND FIELD