Cross Country Second, Third at Fens Classic

Cross Country Second, Third at Fens Classic

BOSTON, MA- The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth cross country team turned in a solid performance in their 2013 season opener at the Fens Classic, hosted by Emmanuel at the Fens on Saturday.

The women were third in an eight-team field with 81 points.  Wheaton finished first with 29 points. The Corsairs tied for second place in the seven-team men's race, with 61 points. Brandeis led the way with 36 points.

For the women, sophomore Katisha Bellegarde (Methuen, MA/Methuen HS) led UMD, finishing 14th with a time of 13:31 for the 2.1 mile race. Freshman Rachel Frazier (Mansfield, MA/Mansfield HS) was 15th in 13:35, freshman Mary Leach (Peabody, MA/Peabody HS) was 16th in 13:38, junior Renee Laurencelle (Tyngsboro, MA/Tyngsboro HS) was 17th in 13:42,  freshman Reme DiGiovanni (Southborough, MA/Algonquin Regional HS) was 19th in 13:47, freshman Jennifer Miranda (New Bedford, MA/Greater New Bedford Vo Tech HS) was 25th in 14:00, and freshman Sophie Morawski (South Deerfield, MA/Frontier Regional HS) was 31st in 14;19.

On the men's side, senior Zach Switaj (Tamworth, NH/Kennett Regional HS) was fourth in the five kilometer race in 16:38, senior Chris Jordan (Taunton, MA/Taunton HS) was seventh in 16:44, freshman Sean Herlihy (Walpole, MA/Walpole HS) was 13th in 17:15, freshman Peter Graceffa (Pembroke, MA/Pembroke HS) was 19th in 17:22, sophomore Andrew Goncalves (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) was 27th in 17:39, sophomore Cyrenus Paquin (Middleboro, MA/Middleboro HS) was 30th in 17:46, freshman Chris Vigeant (Fairhaven, MA/Greater New Bedford Vo Tech HS) was 32nd in 17:51, sophomore David Yumping (Brockton, MA/Brockton HS) was 41st in 18:23, and freshman Kevin Delaney (Walpole, MA/Walpole HS) was 48th in 19:14.

"I thought we ran pretty well," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Jon Hird. "Our top women's runner and our third, fourth and fifth runners for the men's team didn't run, and for us to run as well as we did is a good reflection on our freshmen and young runners. It was hot and humid, but a lot of our young runners had a good day, and I was pleased."

The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Roger Williams next Saturday.