Corsairs Take Third at Westfield State Invitational

Corsairs Take Third at Westfield State Invitational

WESTFIELD, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's and women's track and field teams competed in the Westfield State Invitational on Saturday afternoon.

The men placed third out of four teams with a score of 88. Westfield State won the meet with a team score of 255, while Bridgewater State finished in second (171) AND Eastern Connecticut State in fourth (68). The women also finished third in the overall standings with a score of 149. The Owls won with a score of 196, while the Bears (178) placed second and the Warriors in fourth (63).

The Corsairs won three field events to power them to a third place finish; Greg Betsold (Turner Falls, Mass.) qualified for New England Div. III with a second place throw 147 feet, two inches in the hammer, Jared Louf-Woods captured his second shot put event of the spring season with a throw of 46 feet, 2.75 inches and sophomore Kevin Cutler cleared six feet, four inches to win the high jump.

Senior Jacob Teixeira (Seekonk, Mass.) and sophomore Sean Herlihy (Walopole, Mass.) earned wins in 400 meter hurdles and the 5,000 meter run with times of 55.45 and 16:14.39.

LaQuaysia Anderson-Jenkins (Brighton, Mass.) highlighted the women's side with two individual wins and served as a member of two winning relay teams. In the 100 meter, Anderson-Jenkins crossed the finish line at 12.96, narrowly edging out teammate Ezra Banks (Roxbury, Mass.). The Brighton, Mass. native earned ten points in the 200 meter dash with a winning time of 26.68. The 4x100 relay team comprised of Barbara Okafor (Hyde Park, Mass.), Esther Nkwah (Roslindale, Mass.), Banks and Anderson-Jenkins tripped the timer at 50.76, while the 4x400 team of Hunter Carden (Branford, Mass.), Raybryana Dasher (New Bedford, Mass.), Anderson-Jenkins and Summer Jones (East Bridgewater, Mass.) held an 18 second advantage over the next closest team.

In the 400 meter dash, Jones captured the event with a time of 1:00.29, while sophomore Meghan Shurtleff (Dartmouth, Mass.) earned ten points in the 400 meter hurdles. Senior Bailey Burke (South Yarmouth, Mass.) won the hammer throw by four-plus feet with a distance of 145 feet, six inches.  

UMass Dartmouth will return to action on Saturday, April 18, when the Corsairs travel to MIT to compete in the Sean Collier Invitational.

Photo Courtesy of Hunter Carden '17