Freshman Katie Sheehan
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA- The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth women's cross country team finished third of five teams at the Little East Conference Championships and fourth of 13 teams at the New England Alliance Championships, while the men finished fourth of six teams at the LEC Championships and seventh of 14 teams Alliance Championships at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex Saturday.
The women scored 63 points in the LEC meet and 108 in the Alliance meet. Keene State finished first in both championships. The men scored 106 points in the LEC meet and 182 in the Alliance meet, with Southern Maine finishing first in both meets.
For the women, freshman Katie Sheehan (Scituate, MA/Scituate HS) led the way once more, finishing fifth in the LEC with a time of 19:17 for the 5000 meter race. Junior Courtney Testa (Hopkinton, MA/Hopkinton HS) was 10th in 19:35, senior Meaghan Bohigian (Barre, MA/Quabbin Regional HS) finished 11th in 19:45, freshman Samantha Roderigues (Somerset, MA/Somerset HS) was 24th in 20:45, senior Stacey Dybel (Littleton, MA/Notre Dame Academy) finished 26th in 20:48, senior Megan Oliveira (Somerset, MA/Somerset HS) was 20th in 20:52, freshman Carolyn Cornell (Abington, MA/Cardinal Spellman HS) was 38th, in 21:21, and freshman Renee Laurencelle (Tyngsboro, MA/Tyngsboro HS) was 45th in 22:26.
For the men, freshman Ben Girard (Manchester, MA/Manchester Essex HS) was 17th in 26:38 for the five mile course. Freshman Scott Bernazzani (Abington, MA/Cardinal Spellman HS) was 22nd in 27:20, sophomore Zach Switaj (Tamworth, NH/Kennett Regional HS) was 24th in 27:21, freshman Eric Karstunen (Pembroke, MA/Pembroke HS) was 35th in 28:15, freshman Matt Ferro (Halifax, MA/Silver Lake HS)was 28th in 28:54, sophomore Chris Jordan (Taunton, MA/Taunton HS) was 41st in 29:18, and freshman David Yumping (Brockton, MA/Brockton HS) was 49th in 30:04.
"We finished right where I thought we would, our men and women had some good performances," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Jon Hird. "Both teams competed really well. Katie Sheehan will be the third straight Rookie of the Year coming from UMass Dartmouth, she's been a really pleasant surprise. Courtney Testa and Meagan Bohigian turned in very solid, senior-like performances, and the three of them gave us a strong 1-2-3 punch up front. Sam Rodrigues ran a good, solid race, and Stacey Dybel may have run the best race of her college career. We wanted our split from one to five to be under two minutes, and it was 1:31."
"The weather turned bad just as the men's race went off, and they ran under trying conditions," said Hird. "Ben Girard ran the type of solid race we have come to expect. Zach Switaj ran very well, as did Scott Bernazzani. Eric Karstunen was solid, as was our fifth runner, Matt Ferro."
The Corsairs will return to action at the Eastern College Athletic Conference Championships next Saturday.