November 12, 2011

Women 16th, Men 28th at NCAA Cross Country Regionals

Freshman Katie Sheehan

Freshman Katie Sheehan

BRUNSWICK. ME- The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth women's cross country team finished 16th of 51 teams at the New England Division III Regional Championships, while the men finished 28th of 48 teams at the New England Division III Regional Championships, hosted by Bowdoin at the Lake Breeze Golf Course Saturday.

The women scored 587 points, while Middlebury finished first with 55 points. The men scored 889 points, with Williams finishing first with 88 points.

For the women, freshman Katie Sheehan (Scituate, MA/Scituate HS) led the way, finishing 61st overall with a time of 23:07 for the 6000 meter race. Junior Courtney Testa (Hopkinton, MA/Hopkinton HS) was 77th in 23:24, senior Meaghan Bohigian (Barre, MA/Quabbin Regional HS) finished 122nd in 24:08, freshman Samantha Roderigues (Somerset, MA/Somerset HS) was 140th in 24:24, senior Stacey Dybel (Littleton, MA/Notre Dame Academy) finished 187th in 25:06, freshman Carolyn Cornell (Abington, MA/Cardinal Spellman HS) was208th, in 25:30, and senior Megan Oliveira (Somerset, MA/Somerset HS) was 230th in 25:57.

For the men, freshman Eric Karstunen (Pembroke, MA/Pembroke HS) was 150th in 27:39 for the five mile course. Freshman Scott Bernazzani (Abington, MA/Cardinal Spellman HS) was 167th in 25:27, sophomore Chris Jordan (Taunton, MA/Taunton HS) was 173rd in 28:04, freshman Matt Ferro (Halifax, MA/Silver Lake HS)was 195th in 28:33, sophomore Zach Switaj (Tamworth, NH/Kennett Regional HS) was 198th in 28:35, and freshman David Yumping (Brockton, MA/Brockton HS) was 265th in 30:15. Freshman Ben Girard (Manchester, MA/Manchester Essex HS), the Corsairs' top runner, did not run due to an injury.

"Our women really ran well, that's the best we've done in five or six years," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Jon Hird. "They really came together in both the conference meet and in this meet, beating teams that have been beating us all year. Katie ran well, Courtney showed great senior leadership, and Meg, our other senior, contributed in a lot of ways. Sam Roderigues put it all together today and probably ran her best race of the year. The men had to compete without their number one runner, but they ran hard. We started the year with seven guys who had never run a collegiate cross country race, and they worked hard and became a good, solid team.

The competition was the final action of the season for the Corsairs.