Cross Country Competes At Wesleyan Invitational

MIDDLETOWN, CT-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth cross country team competed at the Wesleyan Invitational Saturday.

The men were seventh in an 11-team field with 212 points. Wesleyan finished first in the eight kilometer race. The Corsairs were fifth of 10 teams in the five kilometer women's race with 169 points. Bowdoin College won the women's race with 18 points. 

For the men, junior Chris Jordan (Taunton, MA/Taunton HS) was 28th in 28:07, freshman Michael Vaz (Dartmouth, MA/Greater New Bedford Regional Vo Tech) was 40th in 28:42, sophomore Eric Karstunen (Pembroke, MA/Pembroke HS) was 44th in 28:51, sophomore Matt Ferro (Halifax, MA/Silver Lake HS) was 49th in 29:11, sophomore Scott Bernazzani (Abington, MA/Cardinal Spellman HS) was 52nd in 29:30, junior Zach Switaj (Tamworth, MA/Kennett Regional HS) was 53rd in 29:33, freshman Mike Bodden (Shrewsbury, MA/Shrewsbury HS) was 56th in 29:52, sophomore David Yumping (Brockton, MA/Brockton HS) was 59th in 30:00, Tene Paquin (Middleboro, MA/ Middleboro HS) was 67th in 30:38 and freshman Ryan Hayes (Kingston, MA/Silver Lake HS) was 72nd in 31:23.

For the women, sophomore Katie Sheehan (Scituate, MA/Scituate HS) was fifth in 19:29, freshman Katisha Bellegarde (Methuen, MA/Methuen HS) was 48th in 21:18, sophomore Renee Laurencelle (Tyngsboro, MA/Tyngsboro HS) was 49th in 22:00, sophomore Caitlin Dorr (Foxboro, MA/Foxboro HS) was 83rd in 22:31 and sophomore Samantha Roderigues (Somerset, MA/Somerset HS) was 88th in 22:41.

"It was a difficult course and the first time we had seen it," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Jon Hird. "If you were slower at the start and patient,  results were good. Chris Jordan led us and ran well for the men. Mike Vaz moved up throughout the race to place second for us. Eric Karstunen is beginning to look very solid as our third runner. All in all a good race against top New England competition on a difficult and tiring course."

"Katie Sheehan executed the perfect race strategy in the women's race," said Hird. "She was 25th at the mile, 18th at two miles and 10th at two and a half. She raced up five more spots to finish fifth. Katisha Bellegarde ran very well as our second finisher and Caitlin Dorr, a 400 meter runner on the track team with no previous cross country experience delivered a quality performance on a very tough course."

The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Westfield State in two weeks.

UMASS DARTMOUTH CROSS COUNTRY