NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth won four events to capture the 2014 Little East Conference Men's Outdoor Track and Field Championship this afternoon on its home track.
The Corsairs captured their second conference championship in the past three years with 190 total points, defeating runner-up University of Southern Maine by 40 markers. Rhode Island College placed third in the six-team field with 92 points, outdistancing Keene State College (86), Eastern Connecticut State University (82) and the University of Massachusetts Boston (40).
UMass Dartmouth freshman Chris Cennami (Peabody, Mass.) made an immediate impact in his first outdoor championship meet, winning the 100-meter dash. Cennami produced the fastest time (11.09) in the preliminary heats to qualify for the New England Open Championships. The rookie sprinter repeated his success in the final, flashing across the line at 11.12 seconds to earn the Little East title.
Sophomore Brandon Jarousky (Attleboro, Mass.) recorded 16 team points for the Corsairs, winning the 200-meter dash and placing third in the 400-meter dash. Jarousky met the New England Open standard with a time of 22.26 seconds, while completing the 400-meter dash in 51.01 seconds.
Senior Zach Switaj (Tamworth, N.H.) also stood atop the awards podium for the hosts, capturing the 5,000-meter run. Switaj won the race in decisive fashion (15:41.52), defeating his nearest competitor by more than six seconds.
Senior Matt Hinthorne (Braintree, Mass.) was the second runner to cross the line in the 800-meter run with a New England Open time of one minute, 54.02 seconds. Junior Jacob Teixeira (Seekonk, Mass.) also finished runner-up and met the New England Open standard in the 400-meter hurdles (55.63). Sophomore Mike Vaz (Dartmouth, Mass.) also scored eight team points, when he placed second in the 10,000-meter run (32:40.40).
Senior Brett Croteau (Rehoboth, Mass./Dighton-Rehoboth) unleashed a throw of 58.30 meters (191-03) to capture the javelin event and advance to the New England Open Championships. Croteau was nearly eight meters ahead of his closest competitor.
Freshman Kevin Cutler (Attleboro, Mass.) took second in the competitive high jump competition, clearing 2.01 meters (6-07.00). Junior Adam Jones (Amesbury, Mass.) placed fifth in the field with a leap of 1.93 meters (6-04.00), while finishing third in the long jump (5.99m, 19-08.00).
Junior Cody Lusas (Melrose, Mass.) turned in a strong performance in a pair of throwing events, placing second in the shot put (13.26m, 43-06.00) and discus throw (42.21m, 138-06).
UMass Dartmouth will return to action, when the Corsairs travel to Springfield College for the Division III New England Championships.