NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Seven UMass Dartmouth men's outdoor track and field athletes competed amongst New England's best over the weekend as the annual NEICCA Open New England Championships were held at Southern Connecticut State University on Friday and Saturday.
The seven Corsairs combined for 17 points, placing 12th as a team out of 35 squads to score across all Divisions at the meet. Northeastern won the event, collecting 156 points.
Junior Kevin Cutler (Attleboro, Mass.) gathered UMass Dartmouth's highest finish on the day, placing second in the high jump. He turned in a height of 6-9 (2.06m) as one of three competitors to reach the mark on the day, collecting eight points for the Corsairs.
Senior Michael Vaz (Dartmouth, Mass.) put up a career day in the 10,000-meter run, crossing the line fifth of 15 runners. He finished in 32:01.51, forty seconds faster than his seed time for a personal best in his final outdoor track race.
UMass Dartmouth had four compete in the field throwing events. Junior Greg Betsold (Turners Falls, Mass.) was the highest finisher, turning in a personal best distance in the hammer throw at 174-04 (53.14m). He placed sixth out of 23 competitors as the highest Division III finisher.
In the javelin, freshman Stephen Tencati (Clinton, Mass.) and sophomore John Kleczkowski (North Attleboro, Mass.) both placed in the top ten. Tencati tossed 190-09 (58.15m) to finish seventh, and Kleczkowski finished just behind at 186-08 (56.90m) to place ninth with a personal best distance.
Sophomore Jared Louf-Woods (Salem, Mass.) competed in the shot put, throwing a distance of 45-05 (13.84m) to place 20th. Junior Sean Herlihy (Walpole, Mass.) wrapped up the day in the running events, crossing the line in 10:15.89 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, finishing 26th.
Next up for the Corsairs is the 2016 NCAA Division III Outdoor National Championships, to be held May 26-28 at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. To date, Cutler continues to hold the nation's top mark in the high jump at 7-1.5 (2.17m), while Tencati is ninth overall in the javelin at 204-01 (62.21m).