Nov. 15, 2008
WILLIAMSTOWN, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's cross country team finished 16th of 47 teams, while the women were 28th of 50 teams at the NCAA Division III Regional Championships, hosted by Williams at Mount Greylock High School Saturday.
The men scored 446 points, 299 points better than their score a year ago, 66 points behind 15th place Wesleyan and 46 points ahead of 17th place WPI. Williams was first with 36 points. The women scored 809 points, 16 points behind the University of New England and 20 points ahead of Mount Holyoke. Middlebury won the women's race with 57 points.
For the men, senior Eric Holmes (Abington, MA/Abington HS) led the way in the 8k race, finishing 66th in 27:44. Freshman Kevin Gilmore (Hanson, MA/Whitman-Hanson HS) was 81st in 28:01, junior Derek Stevens (Swampscott, MA/Swampscott HS) was 95th in 28:21, freshman Travis Wright (Hanson, MA/Whitman-Hanson HS) was 100th in 28:24, freshman Jared Correia (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) was 104th in 28:35, and sophomore Eric Nygaard (Medway, MA/Medway HS) was 186th in 30:30.
Freshman Courtney Testa (Hopkinton, MA/Hopkinton HS) led the women in the 6k race, finishing 80th in 24:59. Freshman Stacey Dybel (Littleton, MA/Notre Dame HS) was 148th in 26:34, freshman Emily Migre (Whitman, MA/Whitman-Hanson HS) was 187th in 27:37, sophomore Deirdre Ginley (Taunton, MA/Taunton HS) was 189th in 27:27, sophomore Jess Carpenter (Rutland, MA/Wachusett Regional HS) was 205th in 27:51, and freshman Megan Oliveira (Somerset, MA/Somerset HS) was 247th in 29:21.
"Our men were significantly improved," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Jon Hird. "Our men ran a very steady race, just about the way they ran the last three or four meets. There was only about a 40 second gap between our first runner and our fifth runner, Jared Correia, who ran a tremendous race. This was the last race for Eric Holmes, who did a great job this year as a senior and has been steady for all four of his years here. He ran a very good race to end his career."
"For the women, it was only the second meet of the season where we have had everybody healthy," said Hird. "It wasn't a great day to run, because it was muddy and the course was slippery in spots, and the course was jammed, and our women haven't had a lot of experience with that kind of a race. I thought we ran well, our top three finishers were freshmen, which bodes well for the future."
The action was the final competition of the season for UMass Dartmouth.