WAVERLY, Iowa – UMass Dartmouth junior Kevin Cutler (Attleboro, Mass.) placed ninth and freshman Stephen Tencati (Clinton, Mass.) finished 16th in their respective events over the weekend, as both represented the Corsairs at the 2016 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships held at Wartburg College.
Cutler narrowly missed the fourth All-American nod on his career, tying for ninth in the high jump on Friday. He cleared 6-7 (2.01m) on the first attempt before slipping at the 6-8.25 height. He split the ninth place spot with Ithaca's Andrew Brandt, who also missed all three attempts at 6-8.25 after clearing 6-7 on the first try. Cortland State's Nick Vachon claimed the national title, jumping 6-10.75 (2.10m) on his first attempt.
The junior closes outdoor season with the highest jump in the country on the year, entering the weekend as the top seed with a mark of 7-1.5 (2.17m). That set a new UMass Dartmouth program and conference record on April 30, as he cleared the height at the New England Alliance Championships. He has advanced to the NCAA Outdoor Championships for the past two seasons, and owns three All-American honors (two indoor, one outdoor).
Tencati culminated his outstanding rookie campaign in the javelin on Saturday. He wrapped up 16th place after entering the meet as the ninth seed. Tencati entered the finals in eighth place, but an equipment protest discounted his first three throws. His best qualifying mark on the day came on his fifth attempt, marking at 187-01 (57.03m) to finish just ahead of Muhlenberg's Jordan Rosenthal and just behind Penn State-Behrend's Mitchell Obenrader in the final standings. Andrew Bloom of Whitworth took the title at 208-08.
The 2016 Little East Conference Men's Rookie Track Athlete of the Year, Tencati captured the league title on April 30, turning in a career-best throw of 204-01 (62.21m). The freshman also picked up the second-place spot at the New England Division III Championships with a mark of 191-11 (58.50m) on May 7.
Wisconsin-La Crosse is the 2016 Men's Track and Field National Team Champion, as they captured 41 points on the meet. On the women's side, Illinois Wesleyan won the team crown with 42 points.