WESTFIELD, Mass. – A plethora of top-five and personal-best finishes coupled a third-place finish for the UMass Dartmouth men's outdoor track and field squad on Saturday, as the Corsairs took a combined 133 points at Westfield State's Jerry Gravel Classic.
Juniors Kevin Cutler (Attleboro, Mass.) and Greg Betsold (Turners Falls, Mass.) collected event wins at the four-team meet, both putting up big numbers in the field. Cutler tied his outdoor school record in the high jump, leaping 2.08m (6-9.75) to top the field by nearly two inches. Betsold out-threw his previous best in the hammer by six feet, launching a distance of 51.18m (167-11) to outdo the second-place finisher by over 20 feet. That mark ranks fourth in the program record books.
Freshman Joao Baptista (Somerville, Mass.) continued to improve on his jumps, taking third in the high jump at 1.93m (6-4) and second in the long jump with a leap of 6.30m (20-8). He was joined in the long jump by senior Adam Jones (Amesbury, Mass.) in fourth place at 6.19m (20-3.75), who also took second in the triple jump with a mark of 13m (42-8).
On the track, the 4x100-meter relay team of Aaram Williams (Swansea, Mass.), Brandon Jarousky (Attleboro, Mass.), Paul Hamlet (Upton, Mass.) and Alex MacMillan (Brockton, Mass.) nearly broke the school record, missing the time by just .04 seconds. The quartet won the event at 42.48.
MacMillan collected second place in the 200-meter dash, running 22.56, and finished third in the 100-meter dash in 11.15, good for 10th all-time in program history. Hamlet dipped under 50 seconds in the 400-meter dash for the first time on his career, placing second in 49.82.
Junior Sean Herlihy (Walpole, Mass.) ran a personal record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, turning in a time of 9:55.65 to place second and run the 10th-fastest time in school history.
The 4x400-meter relay squad, consisting of Spencer Lynds (Solon, Maine), Jason Karakaedos (Peabody, Mass.), Tyree Gorham (Brockton, Mass.) and Cyrenus Paquin (Middleboro, Mass.) finished third, crossing the line in 3:29.99.
Three other Corsairs posted exceptional marks in the throws. Sophomore Jared Louf-Woods (Salem, Mass.) took third in the hammer at 42.38m (139-0) and second in the shot put, tossing 14.26m (46-9.5). Finishing just behind the shot was freshman John Edward Sagun (Brockton, Mass.), who threw a personal record distance of 13.26m (43-6). Freshman Stephen Tencati (Clinton, Mass.) collected second in the javelin, hurling 57.20m (187-8), just one centimeter short of his personal best.
UMass Dartmouth will compete in one more meet before the Little East Conference/New England Alliance Championships, taking part in the Sean Collier Invitational at MIT next Saturday.