Men's and Women's Track and Field Compete at New England Championships
March 1, 2004
BOSTON, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts men's and women's track and field team competed in the New England Championships in Boston, Mass., Friday and Saturday February 27-28.
Senior Kwesi Frimpong-Boateng (Accra, Ghana) earned a first-place finish in the 55-meter dash with his clocking of 6.31, also setting a new season best. UMass faired well in the 500-meter run with performances by junior James Godinho (Sandwich, Mass.), who placed second with a 1:03.76, and senior John O'Neil (North Reading, Mass.), who placed third with a 1:03.78. Junior Henry Smith (Ellington, Conn) placed sixth in the triple jump with a mark of 45' 9". The UMass 4x400-meter relay, consisting of senior Dave Falvey (Billerica, Mass.), O'Neil, Godinho, and junior Joe McCormack (Wrentham, Mass.), placed fourth with a time of 3:16.76. The 4x800-meter relay placed third with a time of 7:44.04 and the distance relay placed second with a time of 10:00.46. The team finished sixth of 30 teams with 45 points.
Sophomore Elisabeth Budd (Springfield, Mass.) finished seventh in the 500-meter dash with a time of 1:16.66. Senior Kristen Ford (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) placed sixth in the 800-meter with a time of 2:17.98. UMass faired well in the pentathlon with performances by senior Crystal Therrien (Fairhaven, Mass.) who finished in third place with 3180, senior Nastaran Shams (Swampscott, Mass.) who finished in sixth place with 3002, and Ashley Creel (Sandwich, Mass.) who finished in seventh place with 2884. The team finished fifteenth of 31 teams with 16 points.
UMass men's and women's track and field returns to action next Saturday, March 8 at the ECAC Championships.
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