Cross Country 15th, 25th At Westfield State Invitational

Cross Country 15th, 25th At Westfield State Invitational

WESTFIELD, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth cross country team turned in a steady performance at the Westfield State Invitational at Stanley Park Saturday.

The men were 15th in an 48-team field with 482 points, while the women finished 25th in a 51-team field with 681 points. Middlebury finished first in both races.

For the men,  sophomore Eric Karstunen (Pembroke, MA/Pembroke HS) led the way in the five mile race, finishing 79th in 28:14. Sophomore Matt Ferro (Halifax, MA/Silver Lake HS) was 89th in 28:20, junior Chris Jordan (Taunton, MA/Taunton HS) was 105th in 28:41, freshman Michael Vaz (Dartmouth, MA/Greater New Bedford Regional Vo Tech) finished 148th in 29:25, freshman Ryan Hayes (Kingston, MA/Silver Lake HS) was 170th in 29:45, junior Zach Switaj (Tamworth, MA/Kennett Regional HS) was 210th in 30:27, freshman Mike Bodden (Shrewsbury, MA/Shrewsbury HS) was 220th in 30:28, freshman Andrew Goncalves (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) was 248th in 30:36, and freshman Tene Paquin (Middleboro, MA/Middleboro HS) was 299th in 31:58.

For the women, sophomore Katie Sheehan (Scituate, MA/Scituate HS) was 64th in the 6000 meter race in 24:29. Freshman Katisha Bellegarde (Methuen, MA/Methuen HS) was 113th in 25:24, sophomore Renee Laurencelle (Tyngsboro, MA/Tyngsboro HS) was 199th in 26:40, sophomore Samantha Roderigues (Somerset, MA/Somerset HS) was 240th in 27:25, sophomore Caitlin Dorr (Foxboro, MA/Foxboro HS) was 269th in 28:15, and sophomore Meghan Cutler (Attleboro, MA/Attleboro HS) was 319th in 29:38.

"If you look at the scoring, we didn't do badly, but both teams expect to run better," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Jon Hird. "That was the biggest race in terms of numbers that I've seen since I've been here, and if you don't get out well, you can't move when you want to because you can get stuck. Every race is an opportunity to learn, and we'll be on that course two more times, for conference and for regionals, and we have some learning to do, which will only make us better for the other meets here."

The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Connecticut College next Saturday.