PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The UMass Dartmouth men's track and field program earned a third-place finish at the New England Alliance Indoor Championships with 80.5 points on Saturday, placing second in the Little East Conference standings with 130 points.
The annual partnership between the LEC and the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) is scored three ways: per conference and overall results. Conference and overall Alliance champions are recognized as winners.
The men collected three New England Alliance event titles to go along with five LEC titles on the day. Southern Maine won the team titles in both scoring sets, collecting 153.8 points in the Alliance scoring and 221 in LEC marks.
Freshman Alex MacMillan (Brockton, Mass.) continued his hot streak in the 200-meter dash, claiming both the Alliance and LEC titles with a time of 22.50. He also collected both crowns in the 4x200-meter relay, teaming with freshman Samir Williams (Brockton, Mass.), senior Brandon Jarousky (Attleboro, Mass.) and junior Chris Cennami (Peabody, Mass.) to pull out a victory from the unseeded heat. The quartet bested the field by nearly two seconds in 1:31.18. That time sets a new LEC record, breaking the mark of 1:33.50 set by Rhode Island College last year.
The Corsairs also performed well in the field events, as junior Kevin Cutler (Attleboro, Mass.) topped both scoring sets in the high jump. The current school-record holder posted a height of 2.04m, topping the field by over two inches. The win marks the second in the event on Cutler's three-year career.
Sophomore Jared Louf-Woods (Salem, Mass.) took the LEC title in the shot put, tossing a personal-best distance of 14.78m. In overall Alliance scoring, he finished second to collect eight points for the Corsairs.
Rounding out the conference winners was senior Cyrenus Paquin (Middleboro, Mass.), claiming the LEC crown in the mile. His time of 4:34.08 placed him third overall in the event behind two MASCAC competitors.
Additionally, three Corsairs picked up top-five finishes on the afternoon. In the 400-meter dash, junior Paul Hamlet (Upton, Mass.) placed third overall and in the LEC, finishing in 52.06 behind two Southern Maine runners.
In his first Alliance meet, freshman Michael Tierney (Norton, Mass.) placed fourth in the 600-meter run, clocking in at 1:24.04 to place second in the LEC. Classmate Joao Baptista (Somerville, Mass.) completed the 1-2 LEC sweep in the high jump, placing fourth overall at 1.93m.
Next up for UMass Dartmouth as the indoor season winds down is the New England Division III Championship meet, hosted next Friday and Saturday at MIT.