DARTMOUTH, Mass. – University of Massachusetts Dartmouth track and field student-athletes Jared Louf-Woods (Salem, Mass.) and Stephen Tencati (Clinton, Mass.) will compete in the 2017 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships this coming weekend in the men’s hammer throw and men’s javelin, respectively.
The duo each registered one of the top-20 performances nationally in their respective events during the course of the season to qualify for the field. Louf-Woods will make his national championship debut, with Tencati competing for the second-straight year as the meet will be held May 25-27 at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio. The top-eight finishers in the preliminaries of each event earn All-American status and advance to the finals.
Louf-Woods is seeded 10th in the hammer throw with his personal-best distance of 189-02 (57.67m), which he set on April 15 at Westfield State’s Jerry Gravel Classic. After falling just short of qualifying for the NCAA Championships during the indoor season, the junior improved even further in both the hammer and shot put during outdoor competition. From his season-opening mark of 163-03 in the hammer, Louf-Woods increased his distances by over 20 feet and eventually qualified for both the New England Division III Championship and the NEICAAA Open New England meet. He earned the Little East Conference title in the event at the New England Alliance Outdoor Championships on April 29 with a toss of 181-01.
Tencati advances to his second NCAA Championship meet in the javelin in as many seasons in a Corsair uniform, and enters the weekend seeded fifth. He reached his qualifying mark on April 2 at UMass Dartmouth’s own Corsair Classic, shattering the school record with a throw of 211-10 (64.56m). He bettered the previous record of 205-01 set by Bruce Zapasnik in 2005. During his sophomore season, Tencati surpassed 190 feet in all but one meet, qualifying for both the New England Division III and Open New England meets and winning the Little East Conference title at 199-0 on April 29. This coming weekend, he will seek his first All-America honor after placing 16th at last year’s NCAA Outdoor Championships.
The preliminaries and corresponding final in the javelin are scheduled for 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 25 at 5 p.m., with the hammer contested in the same fashion on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Live results from the championship will be available all weekend at http://results.deltatiming.com/ncaa/tf/2017-ncaa-d3-outdoor-championships.