FITCHBURG, Mass. – Juniors Brandon Jarousky (Attleboro, Mass.), Mike Vaz (Dartmouth, Mass.) and senior Eric Karstunen (Pembroke, Mass.) all placed first in their respected events to help the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's track and field team place second at the Little East Conference Championships on the campus of Fitchburg State University on Saturday.
Out of the six-team field, the Corsairs earned runner-up in the team standings with a score of 128. Southern Maine was crowned conference champion with a score of 188, while Keene State placed third (97) and Rhode Island College seven points back in fourth.
Jarousky was the first competitor to cross the finish line in the 200 meter dash, tripping the timer at 22.62. In the 1,500 meter, Karstunen claimed the top spot with a time of 4:07.71 and finishing only a few seconds behind him was teammate Cyrenus Paquin (Middleboro, Mass.) in second. In the 10,000 meter run, Vaz secured 10 points with a first place time of 33:04.70. Vaz also placed fourth in the 5,000 meter run (16:12.72).
UMass Dartmouth had five student-athletes earn runner-up finishes at the championships; freshman Dominic Roy in the 800 meter (2:00.08), senior Jacob Teixeira (Seekonk, Mass.) in the 400 meter hurdles (55.64), the 4x100 relay team (43.36) comprised of Chris Cennami (Peabody, Mass.), Jarousky, Paul Hamlet (Upton, Mass.) and Teixeira finished in (43.36), senior Cody Lusas (Melrose, Mass.) in the discus (132 feet, seven inches), and Jared Louf-Woods (Salem, Mass.) in the shot put (47 feet, seven inches). Louf-Woods performance in the shot put ranked fifth all-time in school history.
In the hammer throw, sophomore Greg Betsold (Turners Falls, Mass.) achieved the fourth longest throw in Corsair history, launching the hammer 151 feet, seven inches. In the 3,000 meter steeplechase, sophomore Sean Herlihy (Walpole, Mass.) and freshman Benjamin Braz (Peabody, Mass.) took third and fourth with times of 10:22.03 and 10:24.68. Sophomore Kevin Cutler (Attleboro, Mass.) captured fourth place in a very competitive high jump field, clearing the bar at a mark of six feet, seven inches.
UMass Dartmouth will return to action on Friday, May 1, when the Corsairs compete in the New England Div. III Championships at MIT in Cambridge, Mass.
Photos Courtesy of Little East Conference