Four Earn LEC Track and Field Honors

Freshman Katie Sheehan
Freshman Katie Sheehan

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-Four members of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's track and field team have been honored by the Little East Conference for their performances at the Silfen Invitational last Saturday.

Sophomore Jessica Masse (Somerville, MA/Somerville HS) was named LEC Women's Field Athlete of the Week, while freshman Katie Sheehan (Scituate, MA/Scituate HS) was named LEC Women's Rookie Track Athlete of the Week. Sophomore Chris Perry (Providence, RI/Dighton-Rehoboth HS/Bristol CC) was named LEC Men's Field Athlete of the Week, while freshman Phito Gondre (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) was named LEC Men's Rookie Track Athlete of the Week.

Masse won the shot put with a toss of 39 feet, 8 1/4 inches. Sheehan won twice, breaking the school record in winning the 3000 meter steeplechase in 12:01.38, and turning in the fourth best time ever at UMass Dartmouth when she won the 400 meter hurdles in 68.64 seconds.

Gondre won at 100 meters in 11:04 (the third best time at UMD) and at 200 meters (the second best time recorded by a Corsair runner). Perry won the long jump at 21-10 3/4 and the triple jump at 45 feet, 7 1/4 inches and was fourth at both 100 meters (in 11.45 seconds) and at 200 meters (in 23.21 seconds.) He also was a member of the 4 x 100 meter relay team that finished first in 43.45 seconds,

"After a great indoor season, Phito got off to a bit of a slow start," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve Gardiner. "He rebounded well at Connecticut College. It's good to see him get back to approaching what he did during the indoor season. Chris went through a dry run for what he will be doing at the conference meet this week, where he is such an important part of our team's success. He had a solid meet at Connecticut College and showed he's on target to perform at a high level this weekend. Katie has been coming along under the coaching of (Assistant Coach) Jon Hird. She's made nice progress throughout the outdoor season. The steeplechase and the 400 hurdles is a tough double, but Katie came back and her hurdling technique is getting much better. Jessica was nursing an injury Saturday, so she only competed in the shot put. She has been having a very good outdoor season."

The Corsairs will return to action when they visit the Little East Conference and New England Alliance Championships this Saturday.

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