UMass Dartmouth Track and Field Adds 12 to Programs’ Top Ten Lists

UMass Dartmouth Track and Field Adds 12 to Programs’ Top Ten Lists

BOSTON – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth indoor track and field squads rearranged the school's top ten lists on Saturday, as both teams competed at another high-level meet in Boston University's Scarlet & White Invitational.

The Corsair men saw five new additions to the programs' top ten lists, while the women earned seven top-ten worthy performances.

Freshman Alex MacMillan (Brockton, Mass.) set a new school standard in the 200-meter dash for the second week in a row, finishing 14th in a field of 74 runners with a time of 22.14. That mark significantly trimmed the time of 22.39 which he ran on the same track last weekend.

Sophomore Jared Louf-Woods (Salem, Mass.) continued to perform strongly in the throwing events. He placed fifth of 35 in the shot put, securing the third slot in Corsair history with his toss of 14.59m. In the weight throw, freshman Nicholas Caswell (North Dartmouth, Mass.) earned the ninth best throw in school history at 13.13m.

In the women's 60-meter dash, all three UMass Dartmouth competitors cracked the school's top ten. Senior LaQuaysia Anderson-Jenkins (Brighton, Mass.) continued to improve on her time, finishing 15th of 45 with a personal-best 8.05 to sit fourth in school history. Freshmen Nneka Iloba (Lynn, Mass.) and Mary Okyere (Leominster, Mass.) placed 20th and 21st, respectively, with times of 8.18 and 8.19.

Anderson-Jenkins and Iloba were also the top-two Corsair finishers in the 200-meter dash, as Anderson-Jenkins turned in a 35th place finish out of 94 in 25.95. Iloba moved to seventh all time in program history with her time of 26.92.

Senior Summer Jones (East Bridgewater, Mass.) jumped into eighth on the 200-meter dash all-time list, finishing just behind Iloba with a time of 27.00. Jones and sophomore Raybryana Dasher (New Bedford, Mass.) finished neck-and-neck in the 500-meter run, with 10th and 11th place times of 1:19.21 and 1:19.24, respectively. Dasher moved to second all-time in school history as Jones owns the current record.

In the men's meet, sprinters Samir Williams (Brockton, Mass.) and Chris Cennami (Peabody, Mass.) were amongst the top eight performers out of 40 in the preliminaries of the 60-meter dash, advancing to the finals in 7.13 and 7.14, respectively.

Freshman Michael Tierney (Norton, Mass.) earned a top-five event finish, placing fifth in the 500-meter run in 1:06.14. Classmate Jared Talbert (Cumberland, R.I.) placed ninth in the 60-meter hurdles, tripping the timer at 8.93 to just miss competing in the finals.

Women's distance runners Reme DiGiovanni (Southborough, Mass.) and Kirsten Harnden (Fitchburg, Mass.) were top-30 placers in the mile. DiGiovanni earned the seventh best time in the UMass Dartmouth annals at 5:16.84, while Harnden moved into the ninth slot at 5:25.00.

Next up is the league championships, as both Corsair teams will travel to Plymouth State for the Little East Conference Indoor Championships next Saturday. The men will seek their third LEC team title in five years, while the women pursue their first league championship.