Track Performs Well at New England Division III Championships

May 2, 2009

SPRINGFIELD, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's outdoor track and field teams performed well on the second and final day of the Division III New England Championships at Blake Track Saturday.

For the men, graduate student Eric Holmes (Abington, MA/Abington HS) finished third in the 3000 meter steeplechase in 9:37.22. He was leading halfway through the race, tumbled after clipping a barrier, but recovered to finish well. Sophomore Kevin Markie (North Attleboro, MA/North Attleboro HS/Nichols) was sixth in the triple jump with a personal best mark of 45 feet, one inch, which ranked as the fourth best triple jump in Corsair history. Freshman Robert Yarbrough (Fall River, MA/Durfee HS) finished ninth in the shot put with a toss of 44 feet, half an inch.

On the women's side, sophomore Jermai Harrison (Brockton, MA/Brockton HS) finished sixth in the shot put at 38 feet, 8 ¼ inches, sophomore Linee Mello-Frost (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) was eighth in the 100 meter hurdles in 16.24 seconds, and freshman Kristina Lundquist (Yarmouthport, MA/ Dennis-Yarmouth HS) scored 2810 points in the heptathlon and was 13th in a field of 15 in her first collegiate heptathlon.

"Eric came back after he clipped one of the barriers with his trail leg, and stayed with the leaders for about a lap," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve Gardiner. "He did a good job staying with them for as long as he did, and he might have won the race otherwise. I was pleased with the way we performed, Basically, we had mostly freshmen and sophomores competing, and they got some good experience, which is something we'll be able to build on for the future."

The Corsairs will return to action at the Open New England Championships at the University of Massachusetts next weekend.

UMASS DARTMOUTH TRACK AND FIELD