DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- UMass Dartmouth served as the host of the 2019 Little East Conference Cross Country Championships Saturday afternoon on the Bob Dowd Course, as the Corsair men finished in the runner-up spot for a second straight season while the Corsair women placed fourth in the event.
Junior Bruno Pires (New Bedford, Mass.) set the pace on the men’s side for UMass Dartmouth, as he just missed out on claiming the individual conference crown with a second place time of 25:21.22 over the 8K layout. Pires finished 96 tenths of a second behind Southern Maine sophomore Yaya Nure and was one of three all-conference performers for the Corsairs, as sophomore Steve Stromski (Melrose, Mass.) and freshman Austin Carroll (Norton, Mass.) recorded respective seventh and ninth place times of 25:50.88 and 26:07.
Freshman Jadiel Pinales (Lowell, Mass.) just missed out on all-conference accolades with an 11th place time of 26:15.28, while senior Mike Tierney (Norton, Mass.) rounded out UMass Dartmouth’s scoring with a 22nd place time of 26:59.02. Southern Maine topped the Corsairs by 10 points (37-47) to earn its fourth consecutive team title, while Plymouth State was third with a score of 75 points.
Senior Jess O’Reilly (Millis, Mass.) led the way on the women’s side for the Corsairs, as she earned all-conference honors for a second straight season with a sixth place time of 19:26.03 over the 5K layout. Junior Taylor Walsh (Groveland, Mass.) joined O’Reilly on the all-Little East team with an eighth place time of 19:30.06, while junior Jennifer Jackson (Harwich, Mass.) was 25th individually with a time of 20:34.69.
Graduate student Kira Judd (Garrettsville, Ohio) and senior Victoria Spitaels (West Newton, Mass.) rounded out UMass Dartmouth’s scoring with respective 26th and 33rd place finishing times of 20:39.47 and 21:14.18, as the hosts totaled 88 points in the competition. Eastern Connecticut captured its second team crown in three years with a score of 48 points, as the Warriors outdistanced runner-up Keene State (59) and third place Plymouth State (76).
Both Corsair squads return to action in two weeks at the 2019 NCAA Division III New England Regional Championships at Bowdoin’s Pickard Fields Course on Saturday, November 16th.
(Photo Credit: Darryl Konicki, Little East Associate Commissioner)