Track Finishes Well at Harvard Open

Dec. 11, 2010

BOSTON, MA-Three more school records fell as the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's track and field team turned in a strong performance in their second and final meet before the fall semester break at the Harvard Open at Gordon Track Saturday. No team scores were recorded at the meet.

Freshman Jessica Masse (Somerville, MA/Somerville HS) finished third in the shot put, and her throw of 42 feet, 6 inches not only broke the school record, but also allowed her to provisionally qualify for the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships. In the triple jump, freshman Ezra Banks (Boston, MA/Newton South HS) was eighth with a jump of 36 feet. She also ran the 60 meter dash in 8.19 seconds, which also set a school record. At 500 meters, sophomore Kim Urena (Marlborough, MA/Marlborough HS) finished eighth in 1:22.40. In the mile, junior Meaghan Bohigian (Barre, MA/Quabbin Regional HS) finished in 5:35.52.

For the men, freshman Brandon Higgins (Wareham, MA/Upper Cape Cod Regional VO Tech HS) finished fourth in the high jump at six feet, 4 1/4 inches. Sophomore Matt Hinthorne (Braintree, MA/Braintree HS) finished fifth at 500 meters in 1:06.83, the third fastest time in school history, while sophomore Kyle Costa (Somerset, MA/Somerset HS/Vermont) was 12th in 1:08.19. Senior Eric Nygaard (Medway, MA/Medway HS) ran his first mile of the year in 4:26.35, and also ran 500 meters in 1:09.54. Freshman Chris Cole (Dartmouth, MA/Dartmouth HS) just missed the finals in shot put with a throw of 43 feet, two inches, which is sixth on the all-time UMD indoor list. Sophomore Scott Connolly (Sharon, MA/Sharon HS) was seventh at 800 meters in 2:01.01.

"Jessica Masse and Ezra Banks continued on their record-setting pace, getting their collegiate careers off to a good start," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve Gardiner. "Matt Hinthorne ran a real aggressive and savvy race. Chris Cole threw only three feet less than he threw in high school, and for him to be doing that with a heavier shot shows that he is adapting well and doing a good job handling the transition from high school to college."

The Corsairs will break for the semester, and return to action at Rhode Island January 14th and 15th.

UMASS DARTMOUTH TRACK AND FIELD