Women's Track Solid on First Day at Sorlien Invitational

Jan. 16, 2009

KINGSTON, RI-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's indoor track and field team began their second semester action on a solid note at the Sorlien Memorial Invitational at the Henry H. Mackal Fieldhouse Friday. The women's part of the meet was held Friday, and no team scores were recorded.

Junior Jess Carpenter (Rutland, MA/Wachusett HS) ran the fastest 1000 meter race of her collegiate career, finishing second in her heat in 3:13.93, which ranks her fourth on the all-time UMass Dartmouth list in that event.

In the shot put, sophomore Jermai Harrison (Brockton, MA/Brockton HS) threw the shot 38 feet, 9 1/2 inches and finished fifth. Freshman Patience Noah (Framingham, MA/Keefe Tech) finished sixth overall in the triple jump with a mark of 34 feet, 9 3/4 inches. In the long jump, freshman Kristina Lundquist (Yarmouthport, MA/Dennis-Yarmouth HS) finished sixth at 15 feet, 8 1/4 inches, while freshman Alison O'Rourke (Weymouth, MA/Weymouth HS) finished eighth in the 55 meter hurdles in 9.56 seconds, which ranks eighth on the all-time list at UMD. She also high jumped four feet, 11 3/4 inches.

"Jermai threw well, she's been very consistent in all of our meets," said UMass Dartmouth head Coach Steve Gardiner. "It was great to see Jess Carpenter run an outstanding race, we were all proud to see her record a personal best. Patience, Kristina and Alison did well and all are freshmen, which bodes well for the future."

The Corsairs will return to action when the two-day Sorlien Memorial Invitational concludes with men's action Saturday.