Track and Field Performs Well at Open New England Championships

Track and Field Performs Well at Open New England Championships

March 1, 2009

BOSTON, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's track and field team turned in another record-breaking performance on the second and final day of competition at the Open New England Championships at the Boston University Track and Tennis Center Saturday.

The 4 x 800 meter relay, the team of junior Matt Lemanski (East Longmeadow, MA/East Longmeadow HS), senior Tyler Buck (Valley Center, CA/Valley Center HS), sophomore Eric Nygaard (Medway, MA/Medway HS), and graduate student Eric Holmes (Abington, MA/Abington HS) broke a school record that had stood for 22 years whenh they finished in 7:58.51. Lemanski ran his leg in 2:01.3, Buck followed in 1:57.5, Nygaard came in in 2:01.5, and Holmes ran the anchor leg in 1:58.2

Elsewhere, sophomore Jermai Harrison (Brockton, MA/Brockton HS) threw the shot 38 feet, six inches, graduate student Eric Holmes (Abington, MA/Abington HS) ran the mile in a personal best time of 4:22.20, and sophomore Kevin Markie (North Attleboro, MA/North Attleboro HS/Nichols) jumped 42 feet, three inches in the triple jump.

"We're very pleased with how the relay team did today, that is something they've been pointing for all year," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve Gardiner. "We knew that this would be our best chance, racing at BU at the end of the season. Eric Nygaard and Tyler Buck were on both relay teams that broke records this weekend, and Eric Holmes ran an outstanding anchor leg after running a personal best in the mile. Jermai and Kevin both performed well, and both had outstanding years."

The Corsairs are scheduled to attend the Eastern College Athletic Conference Championships at Tufts next weekend.