UMass Dartmouth Captures 1st Outdoor Track & Field Title
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WESTFIELD, Mass. – University of Massachusetts Dartmouth captured its first Little East Men's Outdoor Track and Field Championship this afternoon at the Jerry Gravel Track on the campus of Westfield State University. The Corsairs won four individual events and the 4X100 meter relay to earn 162 total team points to snap the University of Southern Maine's three-year reign atop the conference standings.
The Huskies (149) secured the runner up trophy, while Rhode Island College (91), Keene State College (86), University of Massachusetts Boston (82), and Eastern Connecticut State University (45) rounded out the six-team Little East standings.
Freshman Phito Gondre (New Bedford, Mass.) established a new Little East championship meet record en route to winning two sprinting events to pace the Corsairs. Gondre set a new meet standard in the 100-meter dash, tripping the timer at 10.79 seconds. He also captured the 200-meter dash in a time of 21.96 seconds. UMass Dartmouth also combined to post the fastest time in the history of the conference championship meet in the 4X100-meter relay (42.63). Senior Robert Yarbough (Fall River, Mass.) won his first conference championship in the shot put (14.58 meters), and placed second in the hammer throw (48.69 meters). Sophomore Chris Perry (Providence, R.I.) cleared 6.98 meters to win the long jump event, while finishing second in the triple jump (13.96 meters). The Corsairs completed their sweep of the track and field championships after winning the indoor meet in February.
Southern Maine dominated the long distance races this afternoon, winning four of its five individual titles. Senior Ben Manning (Jericho, Vt.) was the first runner to cover the 800-meter course in a time of one minute, 53.98 seconds, while sophomore Jullian Gazzelloni (Windham, Maine) captured the 1,500-meter run (3:56.40). Sophomore Briar Beede (Augusta, Maine) (33.58.07) and junior Colton Tinker (Buxton, Maine) (34:23.88) finished 1-2 in the 10,000-meter run for the Huskies. Senior Brett Baker (Sanford, Maine) overcame each obstacle in the 3,000-meter steeplechase to win the event in a time of nine minutes, 42.62 seconds. Senior Matt Harmon (Auburn, Maine) heaved the hammer 48.81 meters to win Southern Maine's lone field event.
Freshman Jarell Forbes (Providence, R.I.) captured each hurdle event to lead the Anchormen, including setting the 400-meter hurdle championship meet record. Forbes became the first student-athlete to cover the 400-meter hurdles in less than 54 seconds (53.92), shattering the previous mark set in 2008. He also claimed the 110-meter hurdles in a time of 15.32 seconds. Sophomore Craig Amado (Providence, R.I.) established a new triple jump record with a winning leap of 13.97 meters. Rhode Island College also set the new 4X400-meter relay standard, when the quartet covered the distance in three minutes, 19.21 seconds.
UMass Boston freshman Carl Joseph (Brockton, Mass.) broke the fourth and final individual record this afternoon in the high jump. Joseph cleared 2.09 meters to demolish the previous high-water mark set in 2009. Classmate Kebba Nasso (Attleboro, Mass.) stood atop the podium in the 400-meter dash (48.86) for the Beacons.
The student-athletes that qualified for the Division III New England Championship will compete at MIT on May 5.