Women's Track Does Well at NE Division III Championships

Women's Track Does Well at NE Division III Championships

Feb. 20, 2010

GORHAM, ME-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's track and field team had two scorers and several strong performances at the New England Division III Championships at the USM Field House Saturday.

Junior Jermai Harrison (Brockton, MA/Brockton HS) was the top finisher, placing second in the shot put with a throw of 39 feet, six inches. Junior Linee Mello-Frost (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) finished eighth in the 55 meter hurdles in 9.47 seconds, after finishing in 8.68 seconds in her semi-final heat.

Freshman Kim Urena (Marlborough, MA/Marlborough HS) finished 10th at 600 meters in 1:41.22, sophomore Caitlin McGarigal (Shrewsbury, MA/Amherst-Pelham Regional HS) was 11th at 3000 meters in 10:43.62, sophomore Megan Oliveira (Somerset, MA/Somerset HS) was 12th at 1000 meters in 3:10.70, sophomore Patience Noah (Framingham, MA/Keefe Tech) finished 13th in the triple jump at 34 feet, 8 ¼ inches, and freshman Jillian Van Ness (Agawam, MA/Agawam HS) was 15th at 55 meters in 7.69 seconds.

"This isn't like most of the meets you run during the year," said UMass Dartmouth Assistant Coach Jon Hird, who accompanied the women's team. "You have all year to run your best, and then you try to reproduce it on one day. We had two people run their best, and several others who beat their seeds, and any time you can do that in a meet like this, you're doing well. For a young team, we held our own, and most of our people were here for the first time. We learned some things, and no meet is a bad meet if you can take some things and improve."

The Corsairs will return to action when they travel to the Open New England Championships next weekend.