Cross Country Finishes Third And Fifth at LEC/New England Alliance Championships

WESTFIELD, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth cross country teams both finished third in the  Little East Conference and fifth in the New England Alliance Championships on conference championship Saturday, hosted by Westfield State at Stanley Park Saturday.

The men were led by sophomore Eric Karstunen (Pembroke, MA/Pembroke HS), who was 19th in the Alliance and 13th in the LEC in 26:59. Junior Zach Switaj (Tamworth, NH/Kennett Regional HS) was 19th and 31st in 27:21, junior Chris Jordan (Taunton, MA/Taunton HS) was 21st and 33rd in 27:31, sophomore Matt Ferro (Halifax, MA/Silver Lake HS) was 23rd and 36th in 27:39, sophomore Scott Bernazzani (Abington, MA/Cardinal Spellman HS) was 24th and 37th in 27:41, freshman Michael Vaz (Dartmouth, MA/Greater New Bedford Regional Vo Tech) was 26th and 40th in 27:45, freshman Mike Bodden (Shrewsbury, MA/Shrewsbury HS) was 30th and 48th in 28:00, freshman Ryan Hayes (Kingston, MA/Silver Lake HS) was 31st and 49th in 28:02, freshman Tene Paquin (Middleboro, MA/Middleboro HS) was 72nd overall in 28:59 and freshman Andrew Goncalves (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) was 90th overall in 30:02.

For the women, sophomore Katie Sheehan (Scituate, MA/Scituate HS) was third in the LEC and fifth overall in 18:55.  Freshman Katisha Bellegarde (Methuen, MA/Methuen HS) was the Corsairs' next runner, finishing in 19:58, sophomore Renee Laurencelle (Tyngsboro, MA/Tyngsboro HS) finished in 20:27, sophomore Samantha Roderigues (Somerset, MA/Somerset HS) was next in 21:16, , sophomore Caitlin Dorr (Foxboro, MA/Foxboro HS) finished in 21:26, sophomore Jessica Connor (Worcester, MA/Doherty HS) was next in 21:39, and sophomore Meghan Cutler (Attleboro, MA/Attleboro HS) also finished in the same time, 21:39.

"Both teams ran very well," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Jon Hird. "The women tied with Bridgewater, and we hadn't beaten Bridgewater all year. For the women, Katie Sheehan ran a great race overall, and her time was a personal best, and almost the entire women's team ran personal best times. For the men, we only had 42 seconds between our top five finishers,  and that was our best race all year."

The Corsairs will take next weekend off, then return to action when they go back to Stanley Park and Westfield State for the NCAA Division III Regional Championships in two weeks.


UMASS DARTMOUTH CROSS COUNTRY