MEDFORD, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth indoor track and field squads returned from the winter hiatus on Saturday, as both the Corsair men and women competed at the non-scored Tufts Invitational.
Freshman George Papoulis (Haverhill, Mass.) and senior Sean Herlihy (Walpole, Mass.) were both event winners on the afternoon for the Corsair men. Papoulis blew the field away in the 800-meter run, finishing in 1:56.83 for the seventh-fastest time in school history. Additionally, that time currently sits third nationally in all Division III.
Herlihy prevailed in a close finish in the 5,000-meter run, tripping the timer at 16:01.75.
The throwing duo of junior Jared Louf-Woods (Salem, Mass.) and senior Greg Betsold (Turners Falls, Mass.) both met the qualifying standards for two postseason meets, the New England Division III Championship and the Open New England, in the weight throw. At 53-5.0 (16.28m), Louf-Woods registered the fifth-best mark in school history and placed second in the event. Betsold placed fifth at 52-1.25 (15.88m) for his first career mark over 50 feet and the fifth-best throw in the program record books.
Additionally, Louf-Woods took fifth in the shot put, tossing a distance of 48-9.0 (14.86m).
On the Track
For the Corsair women, junior Raybryana Dasher (New Bedford, Mass.) and freshman Victoria Spitaels (Newton, Mass.) gathered second-place individual finishes. Dasher fell just shy of the win in the 400-meter dash, placing second by merely a hundredth of a second at 1:00.53. Spitaels was also edged in a photo-finish in the 5,000-meter run, timing in a 19:54.84.
In his season debut, sophomore sprinter Alex MacMillan (Brockton, Mass.) returned true to form with a third-place time of 22.97 in the 200-meter dash. In 6-meter dash, sophomore Samir Williams (Brockton, Mass.) took fifth in both the preliminaries (7.15) and final (7.19).
Freshman Hilda Kusi (Framingham, Mass.) made her presence known in the sprints. With a time of 8.29 in the 60-meter trials, she turned out the seventh-fastest time in program history to qualify in second for the finals. She took fifth in the final, crossing the line in 8.39.
Kusi teamed with Gelynne Berger (Somerville, Mass.), Dasher and Caitlyn Demers (Dartmouth, Mass.) to take second in the 4x200-meter relay, with the quartet timing in at 1:49.99.
In the mile, senior Reme DiGiovanni (Southborough, Mass.) continued to be a top-five mainstay, as she placed fourth behind two Division I runners in 5:22.64.
In the Field
Freshman Danielle Devine (Bernardston, Mass.) put forth a busy yet productive day in all three jumping events for the Corsairs. She took fifth in the high jump at 5-1.75 (1.57m) before turning out a pair of fourth-place finishes, including a 15-7.0 (4.75m) in the long jump and 32-2.0 (9.80m) in the triple jump.
Both UMass Dartmouth squads continue the indoor season next week, making the trip for the Springfield College Invitational next Saturday, Jan. 21.