George Papoulis Sets 600-Meter Event and Facility Record at New England Alliance Championships

George Papoulis Sets 600-Meter Event and Facility Record at New England Alliance Championships

GORHAM, Maine – University of Massachusetts Dartmouth freshman George Papoulis (Haverhill, Mass.) and senior Reme DiGiovanni (Southborough, Mass.) both captured their first New England Alliance titles on Saturday, as the Corsair indoor track and field squads competed at the Alliance/Little East Conference Championships at the University of Southern Maine. The men's team finished fourth of 11 total teams with 79 points and second amongst LEC teams, while the women took eighth in the Alliance and sixth in the league.

The Basics
Men's Alliance Score: 4th (79 points) of 11 teams
Women's Alliance Score: 8th (40) of 11 teams

Event Winners
Papoulis claimed the New England Alliance and LEC title in the 600-meter run in record-setting fashion, crossing the line in 1:20.87 to set both the facility record and meet record in the process. His time bettered the previous record of 1:21.08, set by Southern Maine's Kevin Desmond in 2015, and earned 10 points toward the Corsairs' efforts.

In the field, junior Jared Louf-Woods (Salem, Mass.) met expectations, earning two Little East Conference titles in the throwing events. In the shot put, he took second in Alliance scoring, tallying a distance of 49-2.5 (15.00m) behind only Worcester State's Sam Weeks to gather the league medal. He then registered a personal-best throw of 55-10.25 (17.02m) in the weight throw, placing second overall and first amongst LEC competitors.

On the women's side, senior Reme DiGiovanni (Southborough, Mass.) captured the Alliance and LEC titles in the 1,000-meter run, besting the field of 20 in 3:06.12 for her first league title. Additionally, she took second overall in the mile, timing in a 5:17.03, less than a second behind Southern Maine's Jasmine Boyle.

Senior Sean Herlihy (Walpole, Mass.) was the LEC's champion in the 5,000-meter run. He crossed the line in a personal-best time of 15:41.26, 21 second better than his previous best, and placed third overall. Additionally, he helped the 4x800-meter relay team to a sixth-place overall finish in 8:31.40, good for fifth in the LEC.

Finally, sophomore Joao Baptista (Somerville, Mass.) earned his first LEC title in the field, capturing the top league performance in the high jump with a mark of 6-6.25 (1.99m) behind only Fitchburg State's Ben Sattiewhite, who claimed the Alliance win. Baptista additionally secured a fourth-place overall finish with a distance of 20-11.75 (6.39m) in the long jump.

Highlights
In the 400-meter dash, junior Raybryana Dasher (New Bedford, Mass.) was second of the top-four finishers, all from LEC institutions, crossing the line in 59.34 behind only Keene State's Katelyn Terry.

Sprinter Alex MacMillan (Brockton, Mass.) was a runner-up in the men's meet, timing in a 22.63 in the 200-meter dash to finish second in both Alliance and LEC scoring. He also made the finals of the 55-meter dash, taking seventh overall in 6.72.

Freshman Travis Dolcine (Brockton, Mass.) finished second in LEC scoring in the 1,000-meter dash and third in Alliance totals with his time of 2:37.39. He also joined with Herlihy as a sixth-place overall finisher in the 4x800-meter relay.

On the women's side, freshman Caitlyn Demers (Dartmouth, Mass.) competed in four events, taking third and second place finishes in LEC scoring. Individually, she was third in the LEC and fifth overall in the 600-meter run in 1:41.58, and joined with Dasher, DiGiovanni and Meaghan Shurtleff (Dartmouth, Mass.) to place second in the LEC in the 4x400-meter dash with a time of 4:09.52.

Up Next
Several Corsairs will compete in the first postseason meet next weekend at the New England Division III Championships, hosted by Tufts University on Friday and Saturday.