Cross Country Teams Tune Up for Regionals at ECAC Championship

Nov. 8, 2008

BRISTOL, RI-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's cross country teams tuned up for the NCAA Division III Regionals at the Eastern College Athletic Conference Championships, hosted by Roger Williams at Colt State Park Saturday. The men finished 30th in a 48-team field, while two runners competed for the women, who did not receive a team score.

Freshman Courtney Testa (Hopkinton, MA/Hopkinton HS) led the women in the 6k race, finishing 33rd in 25:00.  Freshman Stacey Dybel (Littleton, MA/Notre Dame HS) was 77th in 25:58.

For the men, sophomore Steve Burke (Norwell, MA/Norwell HS) was 114th in the 10k race in 29:03, freshman Rich Goldblatt (New Bedford, MA/Greater New Bedford Vo Tech HS) was 144th in 29:36, junior Tim Whalen (Abington, MA/ Abington HS) was 166th in 29:57, junior Matt Lemanski (East Longmeadow, MA/East Longmeadow HS) was 200th in 30:40, sophomore Wes Meserve (Merrimack, MA/Merrimack HS) was 231st in 31:41, and Dan Rutledge was 277th in 33:57.

"For the men, it was a race for those not going on to the NCAA Regionals to get a good championship meet in to end their season," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Jon Hird. "Courtney Testa and Stacey Dybal, the freshmen who are running one and two for the women, continued to improve. Finishing 33rd in this field is quite an accomplishment for Courtney, while Stacey was 22 seconds quicker this week than she was last week at the Little East championships. It was a tough, demanding course, which provided a good way to end a successful season for some runners, and a good tune-up for the difficult NCAA Regional Championships coming up next weekend for the others."

The Corsairs will return to action at the NCAA Division III Regionals at Williams next Saturday.