BOSTON – Seven qualifying University of Massachusetts Dartmouth indoor track and field athletes competed against the best off all Divisions in New England on Saturday at the NEICAAA Open New England Championships, held at the Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury, Mass.
On the Track
In the men's 800-meter run, freshman George Papoulis (Haverhill, Mass.) continued his stellar season in the mid-distance races and was the only Corsair runner to qualify for finals. On Friday, he finished eighth in the preliminary race, timing in at 1:53.79 before having to scratch from Saturday's finals.
Senior Reme DiGiovanni (Southborough, Mass.) impressed as the lone Corsair female to compete, running the second-fastest indoor mile time in program history. With her time of 5:10.02, she placed 20th of 31 and ahead of numerous Division I and II runners in the process.
Rounding out the UMass Dartmouth track competitors were sophomore Alex MacMillan (Brockton, Mass.) and freshman Travis Dolcine (Somerville, Mass.). MacMillan barely missed the cut to qualify for finals in the 200-meter dash, placing 11th in the prelims at 22.48, while Dolcine moved up to eighth all-time in program history in the 1,000-meter run. He bettered his personal-best by 3.5 seconds, crossing the line in 2:33.93 and placing 16th in the prelims.
In the Field
The throwing duo of junior Jared Louf-Woods (Salem, Mass.) and senior Greg Betsold (Turners Falls, Mass.) again represented UMass Dartmouth in postseason competition in the weight throw. Both finished in the top 20, with Louf-Woods taking eighth and gathering UMass Dartmouth's lone point at 54-8.75 (16.68m) and Betsold 17th with his distance of 51-7.25 (15.73m).
Sophomore Joao Baptista (Somerville, Mass.) completed the Corsair field of competitors and leapt to a height of 6-4.25 (1.94m), tying for 13th in the field of 15.
Several will compete on Sunday at Boston University and again this coming weekend at Tufts, as both will serve as last-chance meets for athletes to post their best marks and potentially qualify for the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships.