Women 10th of 15, Men 8th of 16 at Connecticut College Invitational

Sept. 26, 2009

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's cross country team finished eighth out of 16 teams and the women were 10th in a 15-team field at the Connecticut College Invitational Saturday at Harkness Memorial State Park.

The women scored 299 points, 10 points behind Saint Anselm and eight points ahead of Pace. Brandeis finished first with 56 points. The men scored 190 points, nine in back of Rensselaer and four ahead of Coast Guard. Tufts was first with 48 points.

Junior Nick Santoro (Shrewsbury, MA/St. John's HS) was the top finisher for the men in the five-mile race, finishing 11th in 25:51. Senior Tim Whelan (Abington, MA/Abington HS) was 29th in 26:23, freshman Jeremy Francisco (Dartmouth, MA/Darmouth HS) was 47th in 26:45, junior Eric Nygaard (Medway, MA/Medway HS) was 56th in 26:56, sophomore Steve Burke (Norwell, MA/Norwell HS) was 59th in 27:02, senior David Buschini (Newburyport, MA/Newburyport HS) was 92nd in 27:54, sophomore Ryan Sechovicz (Kingston, MA/Silver Lake Regional HS) finished 109th in 28:34, junior Wes Meserve (Merrimack, MA/Merrimack HS) was 136th in 29:21, freshman Brad Spooner (Carver, MA/Carver HS), 152nd in 29:59, and sophomore Kevin Cordaro (Whitman, MA/Whitman-Hanson HS) was 184th in 31:42.

For the women, sophomore Caitlin McGarigal (Shutesbury, MA/Amherst Regional HS) led the way, finishing the six kilometer race in 30th place with a time of 24:10. Sophomore Megan Oliveira (Somerset, MA/Somerset HS) was 57th in 24:58, sophomore Tessa McGrail (Shrewsbury, MA/Shrewsbury HS) was 98th in 26:26, freshman Rachel Leblanc (Berkley, MA/Somerset HS) was 102nd in 26:30, sophomore Stacey Dybel (Littleton, MA/Notre Dame Academy) was 106th in 26:37, senior Jess Carpenter (Rutland, MA/Wachusett Regional HS) was 121st in 27:08, sophomore Meghan Bohigian (Barre, MA/Quabbin Regional HS) was 133rd in 27:45, junior Katie Galindo (Melrose, MA/Stoneham HS) was 150th in 28:25, and freshman Rachael Kasanoff (Quincy, MA/Quincy HS) was 161st in 28:58.

"The man ran well, although they looked a little tired," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Jon Hird. "The women also looked a little tired. Both teams put a lot into our invitational meet last week, and they looked a little drained. For the men, Steve Burke really stepped up to the plate today, running a personal best for five miles. It will be good to take next week off after competing for three weeks in a row."

The Corsairs will take next week off, and return to action when they travel to the James Earley Invitational at Westfield State in two weeks.

UMASS DARTMOUTH CROSS COUNTRY