Men's Cross Country Third at RWU Invitational

Freshman Matt Ferro
Freshman Matt Ferro

BRISTOL, RI- The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth cross country team acquitted themselves well at the Roger Williams Invitational at Colt State Park Saturday.

The men were third in an eight-team field with 81 points.  Franklin Pierce finished first with 18 points. The Corsairs were ninth in the 1-team women's race, with 61 points. Connecticut College led the way with 36 points.

For the women, sophomore Katisha Bellegarde (Methuen, MA/Methuen HS) led UMD, finishing 37th with a time of 22:14 for the five kilometer race. Freshman Mary Leach (Peabody, MA/Peabody HS) was 46th in 22:26, freshman Reme DiGiovanni (Southborough, MA/Algonquin Regional HS) was 47th in 22:28 , freshman Jennifer Miranda (New Bedford, MA/Greater New Bedford Vo Tech HS) was 49th in 22:50, junior Samantha Roderigues (Somerset, MA/Somerset HS) was 50th in 22:31, junior Brittani Atkinson (Peabody, MA/Peabody HS) was 52nd in 22:34, junior Renee Laurencelle (Tyngsboro, MA/Tyngsboro HS) was 55th in 22:38, and freshman Rachel Frazier (Mansfield, MA/Mansfield HS) was 56th in 22:38.

On the men's side, junior Matt Ferro (Halifax, MA/Silver Lake HS) was 16th in the five kilometer race in 17:11. Freshman Sean Herlihy (Walpole, MA/Walpole HS) was 23rd in 17:24, sophomore Andrew Goncalves (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) was 24th in 17:25, freshman Kurt Dreher (Dartmouth, MA/Greater New Bedford Vo Tech HS) was 26th in 17:30, sophomore Michael Vaz (Dartmouth, MA/Greater New Bedford Vo Tech HS) was 29th in 17:34, junior Scott Bernazzani (Abington, MA/Cardinal Spellman HS) was 46th in 18:03, freshman Chris Vigeant (Fairhaven, MA/Greater New Bedford Vo Tech HS) was 55th 18:19,  in 17:51, sophomore David Yumping (Brockton, MA/Brockton HS) was 58th in 18:24, junior Eric Karstunen (Pembroke, MA/Pembroke HS) 19:31, and freshman Kevin Delaney (Walpole, MA/Walpole HS) was 73rd in 19:29.

"Our men ran very well," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Jon Hird. "We had big contributions from people whom we hadn't expected them from. We held out our top two runners to give our other people a little more experience, and to see if they would step up. We were pleasantly surprised. Matt Ferro, Kurt Dreher and Michael Vaz did not run last week, but filled in three of the top five spots. Sean Herlihy and Andrew Goncalves ran well. Michael Vaz is back from an injury which kept him from training this summer, so his performance was eye-opening."

"Our women continued their strong pack running," Hird continued. "We packed eight runners within 24 seconds of each other. We were hurt by a slow start, which closed us out of good positions as we headed into the trail loops of the course. We need to work on our starts for our home invitational in two weeks. In addition to Katisha Bellegarde, who led us once again, and Mary Leach, who was 12 seconds behind, freshman Jennifer Miranda showed real improvement from a week ago, and Samantha Roderigues and Brittani Atkinson contributed to us having a strong pack."

 The Corsairs will return to action when they host the UMD Invitational next Saturday.