BRIDGEWATER, Mass. – The UMass Dartmouth track and field programs opened the 2016 outdoor season at the Bears Track & Field Invitational, hosted by Bridgewater State on Saturday. The Corsair throwers highlighted the day with several strong performances.
Louf-Woods bested the field of 34 in the shot put, turning in a distance of 14.43m (47-4.25). In addition, he garnered a fourth place finish in the hammer throw, tossing a personal best mark of 43.26m (141-11).
Betsold registered personal best distances in both events in which he competed. He took first in the discus throw, reaching a distance of 39.12m (128-04) to top the field of 33. Betsold then finished second in the hammer at 49.13m (161-02). That mark was good for fourth all-time in school history.
Two additional Corsairs also collected top-five finishes in the discus and shot. Freshman John Edward Sagun (Brockton, Mass.) finished just behind Betsold in the discus, placing third at 38.44m (126-01), while classmate Nicholas Caswell (North Dartmouth, Mass.) tossed 13.12m (43-0.50) to garner a fourth-place finish in the shot put.
In the javelin, the duo of freshman Stephen Tencati (Clinton, Mass.) and sophomore John Kleczkowski (North Attleboro, Mass.) gathered a Corsair sweep in the third and fourth places, with Tencati throwing 57.21m (187-08) and Kleczkowski 54.04m (177-03), respectively.
Freshman Taryn Carley (Kingston, Mass.) also represented the Corsair women in strong fashion in the javelin, collecting third out of 22 competitors with her distance of 36.10m (118-05). She also collected a 14th place finish in the shot put.
In running events, junior Sean Herlihy (Walpole, Mass.) collected a personal best in his first outdoor event of the season, crossing the line third in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 10:31.01.
UMass Dartmouth will host the first of two home meets of the outdoor season next weekend. The Corsair Classic will kick off on Saturday, April 2 at 11 a.m.