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.
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.