Men 13th, Women 20th at Albany Invitational

Oct. 17, 2009

ALBANY, NY-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's cross country teams acquitted themselves well in their final tune-up for the Little East Conference championships.

The Corsair men finished 13th in a 30-team field, while the women were 20th of 30 teams at the Albany Invitational, which was held at the Great Danes' campus course Saturday.

The women scored 577 points. Middlebury finished first with 88 points. The men scored 377 points. Marist won the race with 47 points.

Junior Nick Santoro (Shrewsbury, MA/St. John's HS) was the top finisher for the men, finishing 42nd in the five mile race in 25:54. Sophomore Steve Burke (Norwell, MA/Norwell HS) was 78th in 26:21, freshman Jeremy Francisco (Dartmouth, MA/Darmouth HS) was 80th in 26:22, sophomore Kevin Gilmore (Hanson, MA/Whitman-Hanson HS) was 96th in 26:35, junior Eric Nygaard (Medway, MA/Medway HS) was 105th in 26:43, senior Tim Whelan (Abington, MA/Abington HS) was 135th in 27:25, sophomore Ryan Sechovicz (Kingston, MA/Silver Lake Regional HS) was 156th in 28:166, and senior David Buschini (Newburyport, MA/Newburyport HS) finished the race but had neither a time nor a place recorded.

For the women, sophomore Caitlin McGarigal (Shutesbury, MA/Amherst Regional HS) led the way, finishing the five kilometer race in 68th place with a time of 19:10. Sophomore Megan Oliveira (Somerset, MA/Somerset HS) was 118th in 20:20, sophomore Tessa McGrail (Shrewsbury, MA/Shrewsbury HS) was 150th in 21:14, sophomore Stacey Dybel (Littleton, MA/Notre Dame Academy) was 157th in 21:28, sophomore Meghan Bohigian (Barre, MA/Quabbin Regional HS) was 164th in 21:49, and senior Jess Carpenter (Rutland, MA/Wachusett Regional HS) was 167th in 21:49.

"I thought we did pretty well," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Jon Hird. "A lot of our people ran as fast as they've run all year, and they're excited about how fast they ran and what that might mean for the conference in two weeks. For the men, Steve Burke ran a great race, and Jeremy Francisco ran a great race for the second week in a row. Some people had a difficult time, but some others stepped up, and that's the sign of a team that really knows how to compete. Nick Santoro is as steady and as consistent a runner as you would want. Most of our women ran their fastest times of the year, and there were a lot of good teams in the field, which included Division I, II and III teams."

The Corsairs will return to action at the Little East Conference and New England Alliance Championships in two weeks.

UMASS DARTMOUTH CROSS COUNTRY