Track and Field Performs Well at Tufts

Track and Field Performs Well at Tufts

MEDFORD, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's track and field team performed well at the Tufts Stampede at the Gantcher Family Sports and Convocation Center Saturday.


Junior Krista Chauvin (Seekonk, MA/Seekonk HS/Stonehill) set a school record when she finished fourth in the weight throw with a toss of 51 feet. She also placed eighth in the shot put ay 36 feet, 2 ¼ inches, the sixth best throw in school history indoors. Freshman LaQuaysha Anderson-Jenkins (Brighton, MA/Brighton HS) was third at 200 meters in 26.49 seconds. At 60 meters, senior Jill Van Ness (Agawam, MA/Agawam HS) finished eighth in 8.31 seconds after running 7.99 seconds in the trials, the second best time of the day and her best time of the season. Freshman Barbara Okafor (Hyde Park, MA/Boston Latin HS) just missed the finals after running 8.13 seconds, the third best time in school history, while Anderson-Jenkins ran 8.22 seconds, the fourth best time at UMD. The 4 x 200 meter relay team of Van Ness, freshman Michele-Le Miranda (Somerville, MA/Somerville HS), Jenkins and Okafor finished third in 1:47.48.


The men claimed the top two positions in the high jump, with sophomore Aaron Amado (Randolph, MA/Thayer Academy) finishing first at 6-4, and sophomore Adam Jones (Amesbury, MA/Triton Regional HS) claiming second place with the same mark. Freshman Matt Warr (Freetown, MA/Apponequet HS) was sixth at 6-2, qualifying him for the New England Division III Championships.


At 400 meters, senior Gerald Arneaud (Dorchester, MA/Newton South HS) was second in 50.99 seconds, while junior Matt Hinthorne (Braintree, MA/Braintree HS) was fifth in 51.31 seconds. Sophomore Matt Ferro (Halifax, MA/Silver Lake HS) was third at 1000 meters and first in his heat in 2:35.41, freshman Grunde Brandso (Dartmouth, MA/Dartmouth HS) was fourth in the shot put at 46-7, the fourth best throw in school history, and sophomore Cody Lusas (Melrose, MA/Melrose HS) was sixth at 44-4 ¼, The 4 x 400 meter relay team of Arneaud, junior Kyle Costa (Somerset, MA/Somerset-Berkley HS/Vermont), freshman Matt Montano (Agawam, MA/Agawam HS) and Ferro was sixth in 3:35.50.


"There were a lot of good teams and there was a lot of good competition in this meet," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve Gardiner. "We moved some people around, and we were trying to get set up for the conference championships and the alliance meet next week. We have to sharpen up and rest up this week and get ready for the meet at Southern Maine."


The Corsairs will return to action at the Little East Conference and New England Alliance Championships next weekend.



                                                            UMASS DARTMOUTH TRACK AND FIELD