Four Crowned Champions At New England Track & Field Championships
Feb. 26, 2005
BOSTON - Four student-athletes were crowned champions as the University of Massachusetts men's and women's track and field teams competed at the New England Track and Field Championships on Friday and Saturday hosted by Boston University. The men's team finished seventh of 36 teams, while the women took eighth out of 33 teams.
Winning his third 500 meter dash of the season, Godinho took first in 1:02.98 breaking the school record for the third time in his career. Entering the season, he held the fastest time in school history for the event at 1:03.76 which he set last season at the New England Championships. He cracked that time at the Valentine Invitational before repeating the feat this weekend at the same track. Godinho also betters his IC4A qualifying mark and looks to improve on his 14th-place finish from a season ago.
Korhonen, who finished second last week in the mile race at the Atlantic 10 Championships, won the event in 4:08.58 which was his second fastest time of the season by 0.08 seconds. His top time of the season (4:08.50) set at the Boston University Valentine Invitational (2/12) qualified him earlier this season for the IC4A Championships.
In other men's action, Joe McCormack took second in the 55-meter dash with a season-best 6.42 second performance. That time is just five-hundreths of a second short of tying Kwesi Frimpong-Boatengs school-record time of 6.37 seconds set last season.
Henry Smith finished third in the triple jump with his career-best mark of 46 feet, 2.5 inches. Sean Calicchio recorded his second-best effort in the shot with his toss of 51-feet, one inch which was his second IC4A Championship qualifying mark of the season.
Three UMass relays competed on the day with the 4x800 meter squad taking fourth in 7:45.02. That time is the best of the season and improves their IC4A qualification. The Atlantic 10 Champion unit clipped nearly a minute off their previous top time of the season (7:45.55).
Both the 4x400 meter and distance medley relay teams took top-10 finishes coming in at seventh and eighth, respectively.
The men's team will return to action on March 5-6 when they compete at the IC4A Championship meet which will be held at Boston University.