Track Wraps Up Successful Fall at Harvard Open

Dec. 12, 2009

BOSTON, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's indoor track and field team turned in a record-breaking 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 Kaylin Miranda (Brighton, MA/O'Bryant HS) posted a provisional NCAA qualifying mark with the second best long jump in UMD history, finishing third overall at 22 -9. Freshman Paul Grafov (Dartmouth, MA/Dartmouth HS) ran the second fastest 500 meters in school history, qualifying for the Open New England Championships by finishing third in 1:06.21. Sophomore Hymlaire Lamisere (Newton, MA/Newton North HS/Iona) set a school record when he finished 12th in the 60 meter dash in 7.21 seconds, sophomore Brian McArdle (Winchester, MA/Winchester HS) finished 10th with the second fastest 60 meter time in school history (8.81 seconds) and junior Nick Deininger (North Attleboro, MA/North Attleboro HS) posted the third best time at UMD when he finished 13th in 8.91 seconds. Sophomore Robert Yarbough's (Fall River, MA/Durfee HS) sixth place effort in the shot put (46-5 ½) was the third best throw in school history, and junior Steve Burke (Norwell, MA/Norwell HS) won his 3000 meter heat in 8:58.72, and just missed qualifying for the New England Championships.

For the women, junior Linee Mello-Frost (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) broke her own 60 meter hurdle school record when she finished sixth in 9.63 seconds after running 9.51 in the trials, freshman Jillian Van Ness (Agawam, MA/Agawam HS) broke the school record in the 60 meter dash when she finished 13th in 8.22 seconds, sophomore Patience Noah (Framingham, MA/Keefe Tech) broke her own record in the triple jump when she finished sixth in the triple jump in 35 feet, 1 ¾ inches and qualified for the New England Division III Championships, sophomore Caitlin McGarigal (Shutesbury, MA/Amherst-Pelham Regional HS) finished fifth at 5000 meters in 18:40.13 and qualified for he New England and ECAC Championships, and junior Jermai Harrison (Brockton, MA/Brockton HS) was seventh in the shot put with a toss of 38-5 ½.

"We have had two good meets in December," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve Gardiner. "We're really pleased with where we are right now, which is evidenced by the number of people who have qualified so far. We are starting to show more depth and quality than we have in the past, and I'm looking forward to picking up again in January."

The Corsairs will take time off for the holidays, returning to action January 15th at the Sorlien Invitational at the University of Rhode Island.

UMASS DARTMOUTH TRACK AND FIELD