PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Four members of the UMass Dartmouth indoor track & field teams captured individual event titles on Saturday afternoon at the 2019 Little East Conference Championships at Plymouth State’s Bank of New Hampshire Fieldhouse.
Junior George Papoulis (Haverhill, Mass.) collected his seventh career individual conference crown by taking top honors in the 600 meters on the men’s side for the Corsairs, as he ran a facility record time of 1:21.58 in the event. Senior Joao Baptista (Malden, Mass.) also collected the Little East title in the high jump with a mark of 1.96 meters/6 feet, 5 inches, while freshman Andrew Swallow (Framingham, Mass.) rounded out UMass Dartmouth’s trio of men’s league champions by claiming the shot put championship with a mark of 14.20 meters/46 feet, 7 ¼ inches.
Sophomore Bruno Pires (New Bedford, Mass.) ran the eighth fastest time in the 800 meters (1:57.19) in program history to post a runner-up finish in the event for the Corsairs, while freshman Kaiden Swainamer (Lakeville, Mass.) placed second to Swallow in the shot put with a mark of 14.04 meters/46 feet, ¾ inch. Swallow also tossed the 10th longest distance in the weight throw in school history with a mark of 13.33 meters/43 feet, 9 inches on the day.
The 4 x 400 meter relay quartet consisting of Papoulis, senior Mike Tierney (Norton, Mass.), junior Delpiero Beaumont (Dorchester, Mass.) and freshman Evan Vasconcellos (Westport, Mass.) finished second with a time of 3:31.15 for UMass Dartmouth, which recorded a score of 84 points to place third behind team champion Southern Maine (231) and runner-up Plymouth State (99).
Junior Jessica O’Reilly (Millis, Mass.) set the pace on the women’s side for the Corsairs by taking the conference championship in the 3,000 meters in a time of 10:54.12, while sophomore Taylor Walsh (Groveland, Mass.) and junior MacKenzie Garvey (Plymouth, Mass.) recorded respective third place performances in the 1,000 meters (3:11.94) and shot put (11.16 meters/36 feet, 7 ½ inches). Junior Danielle Devine (Bernardston, Mass.) posted the second fastest time in school history in the 60 meter high hurdles for UMass Dartmouth, as she finished seventh in the race with a mark of 9.91 seconds.
Rhode Island College claimed the Little East team title on the women’s side with a score of 174 points, as the Anchorwomen topped runner-up Keene State (122.5) and third place Southern Maine (111). The Corsairs finished sixth overall with a team score of 40 points.
Both UMass Dartmouth squads will be in action next weekend at the New England Division III Championships.
(Photo Credit: Darryl Konicki, Little East Assistant Commissioner)