Both Men and Women Take Third at LEC Cross Country Championships

Nov. 1, 2008

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

The Corsair men finished third and the women were fifth at the Alliance Championships. The women had 82 points in the LEC race and 141 in the Alliance race, while the men had 75 and 100. Keene State won the LEC and Alliance championships for both the men and the women.

Freshman Courtney Testa (Hopkinton, MA/Hopkinton HS) led the women in the 5k race, finishing seventh in the LEC in 19:43 and earning both All-Conference and All-Alliance honors. Freshman Stacey Dybel (Littleton, MA/Notre Dame HS) was 15th and 28th in 21:16, sophomore Deirdre Ginley (Taunton, MA/Taunton HS) was 19th and 37th in 21:35, sophomore Jess Carpenter (Rutland, MA/Wachusett Regional HS) was 20th and 40th in 21:45, freshman Emily Migre (Whitman, MA/Whitman-Hanson HS) was 24th and 46th in 22:03, and freshman Megan Oliveira (Somerset, MA/Somerset HS) was 36th and 68th in 23:03.

For the men, senior Eric Holmes (Abington, MA/Abington HS) led the way in the 8k race, finishing 12th in the LEC and 15th in the Alliance in 26:36. Freshman Kevin Gilmore (Hanson, MA/Whitman-Hanson HS) was 15th and 19th in 26:46 and junior Derek Stevens (Swampscott, MA/Swampscott HS) was 16th and 20th in 26:47, and all three earned All-Alliance honors. Freshman Travis Wright (Hanson, MA/Whitman-Hanson HS) was 20th and 27th in 27:08, sophomore Eric Nygaard (Medway, MA/Medway HS) was 23rd and 30th in 27:13, sophomore Steve Burke (Norwell, MA/Norwell HS) was 40th and 65th in 28:12, junior Tim Whalen (Abington, MA/ Abington HS) was 78th in 30:11, freshman Rich Goldblatt (New Bedford, MA/Greater New Bedford Vo Tech HS) was 50th and 87th in 29:38,  junior Matt Lemanski (East Longmeadow, MA/East Longmeadow HS) was 53rd and 92nd in 30:03, sophomore Wes Meserve (Merrimack, MA/Merrimack HS) was 57th and 98th in 30:17, sophomore Ryan Sechovicz (Kingston, MA/Silver Lake HS) was 58th and 103rd in 30:20, and senior Tyler Buck (Valley Center, CA/Valley Center HS) was 59th and 108th in 30:20.

"It was a very good day for us," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Jon Hird. "The men ran smart, they ran together, and we had a number of very good races. Eric Nygaard moved up due to an injury, and pretty much ran the best race of his life. When everyone runs at their best at the conference meet, you can't complain. The women were focused, they were healthy, and we had six runners on the course. Courtney Testa ran a great race, but one of the best races of the day was turned in by Emily Migre, who was in her first race this fall. She did a terrific job, staying with Jess Carpenter, our number four runner, most of the way. Stacey Dybal and Deirdre Ginley both attacked the course really well. It's rare when you go home and everyone is happy, but everyone felt good about their races, which is a good thing to happen in your conference meet."

The Corsairs will return to action at the Eastern College Athletic Conference Championships at Franklin Park in Boston next Saturday.