BOSTON – Qualifying University of Massachusetts Dartmouth track and field athletes competed at the first postseason meet of the indoor season this weekend, as the New England Division III Championships were held at split locations, including Tufts University for the men and MIT for the women on Friday and Saturday.
Men's Team Score: 10th (25.50) of 27 Teams
Women's Team Score: 26th (3) of 29 Teams
On the Track
Freshman George Papoulis (Haverhill, Mass.) was UMass Dartmouth's highest finisher in the track events on Saturday. At 1:55.77, he collected five points for the Corsairs with a fourth-place time in the 800-meter run. In the sprints, sophomore Alex MacMillan (Brockton, Mass.) placed fifth and gathered four points, crossing the line in 22.65.
In nearby Cambridge, senior Reme DiGiovanni (Southborough, Mass.) continued her upward trajectory in the mile. With a ninth-place finish, she won her heat in 5:15.31, turning in her fastest time ever in the event on a flat track. Junior Raybrayna Dasher (New Bedford, Mass.) was the highest finisher for the Corsair women, taking sixth in the 400-meter dash with her heat's top time at 59.68. In her first-ever postseason collegiate meet, freshman Caitlyn Demers (Dartmouth, Mass.) was a solid performer in the 600-meter run, timing in a 1:42.65 to place 13th.
In the Field
Junior Jared Louf-Woods' (Salem, Mass.) distance in the weight throw continued to climb on Saturday, as he again reset his own personal best in the event. With a toss of 56-10.0 (17.32m), he became UMass Dartmouth's top placer for the weekend to secure third overall. Close behind was senior Greg Betsold (Turners Falls, Mass.), who edged out a personal best as well at 52-2.5 (15.91m), just one inch above his previous standard. Betsold gathered seventh in the event.
In the shot put, Louf-Woods posted another top-five performance, finishing fourth with a heave of 49-5.75 (15.08m). All said, the junior accounted for 11 Corsair points on the meet and moved up to 22nd nationally in the weight throw rankings.
With a tie for fifth place, sophomore Joao Baptista (Somerville, Mass.) continued his hot streak in the high jump. He cleared 6-4.0 (1.93m) to finish event with WPI's Brandon Hoghaug for 3.5 points.
Several Corsairs, including Papoulis, Louf-Woods, MacMillan and Dasher, will compete at the cross-divisional NEICAAA Open New England Championships next weekend, hosted by the Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury, Mass.