SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The UMass Dartmouth men's outdoor track and field squad turned in a host of top-ten finishes on Saturday, taking part in the non-scored Yellow Jacket Invitational at AIC and competing against several Division III teams.
The Corsairs continued their strong showing in the field events on 2016, with two second-place finishes off the track. In the javelin, UMass Dartmouth took two of the top five places, as freshman Stephen Tencati (Clinton, Mass.) placed second with a throw of 54.96m. He was followed closely by sophomore Alex MacMillan (Brockton, Mass.), who finished fourth with a season-best throw of 50.55m.
In the high jump, freshman Joao Baptista (Somerville, Mass.) placed second, leaping a height of 1.90m. Finishing eighth in the event was classmate Anthony Vilmenay (Westwood, Mass.) at 1.80m. Baptista also collected eighth place in the long jump with his mark of 6.11m.
Junior Greg Betsold (Turners Falls, Mass.) turned in another noteworthy day in both of his throwing events. He took fourth in the hammer throw, tossing 49.39m, and sixth in the discus at 40.39m. Both marks were personal bests. Freshman John Edward Sagun (Brockton, Mass.) finished eighth in the discus behind Betsold at 39.03m.
Another personal best performance was recorded by junior Sean Herlihy (Walpole, Mass.), who ran 10:00.48 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase to place fourth overall. He joined with freshman Michael Tierney (Norton, Mass.), who also collected a fourth-place finish at 56.88 in the 400-meter hurdles.
The quartet of Aaram Williams (Swansea, Mass.), Brandon Jarousky (Attleboro, Mass.), Paul Hamlet (Upton, Mass.) and MacMillan competed in the 4x100-meter relay, turning in a solid early-season time of 42.99 to place fourth.
Hamlet gathered a fifth-place finish in the 400-meter dash, crossing the line in 50.93, while sophomore Jared Louf-Woods (Salem, Mass.) also took fifth, throwing a distance of 14.35m in the shot put.
The Corsairs compete again next Saturday, traveling to Westfield State for the Jerry Gravel Invitational.