DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Both University of Massachusetts Dartmouth outdoor track and field teams wrapped up top-three finishes at their home event, with the Corsair men winning the meet with 116 points and the women placing third at the annual Corsair Classic on Sunday.
Men's Score: 1st (116 point) of 18 teams
Women's Score: 3rd (106.5) of 14 teams
In just his second meet of the season, Steve Tencati (Clinton, Mass.) etched his name in the Corsair record books. With a first-place toss of 211-10 (64.56m), the sophomore set the program record in the javelin, bettering the mark of 205-01 set by Bruce Zapasnik in 2005. Additionally, Tencati improved his personal best from last season by seven feet and now ranks second nationally in the event.
For the women, senior Hunter Carden (Branford, Conn.) tied her own program record in the pole vault, clearing 9-6.25 (2.90m) and place second in the event on progressions. Carden previously reached the same, school-record height in the outdoor season of 2015 as a sophomore. On the track, she additionally collected a sixth-place finish for the Corsairs in the 800-meter run in 2:28.82.
Junior Jared Louf-Woods (Salem, Mass.) remained unbeaten on the outdoor season, again taking the top spot in both the hammer throw and shot put. He reached a personal-best distance of 180 feet (54.87m) in the hammer, good for the second-best toss in program history and fifth-best mark in the nation so far this season. In the shot put, he registered a distance of 48-2.5 (14.69m) to top the field by nearly four feet.
Earning the lone event victory for the Corsair women on the afternoon was junior Raybryana Dasher (New Bedford, Mass.), who made her return to the track in the 400-meter dash. At 58.74, she recorded the second-fastest time in program history. Dasher also collected second overall in the 200-meter dash, timing in at 26.06 in the field of 59 runners.
Carden and Dasher teamed with freshman Caitlyn Demers (Dartmouth, Mass.) and senior Reme DiGiovanni (Southborough, Mass.) for the win in the 4x400-meter relay, with the quartet beating the field by nine seconds at 4:10.45.
On the men's side, junior Alex MacMillan (Brockton, Mass.) gathered his first win of the season in the 100-meter dash, tripping the timer at 11.08 before taking fourth in the 200-meter dash in 22.84.
In the Field
In the throws, senior Greg Betsold (Turners Falls, Mass.) took a pair of top-three finishes. He secured the third-place spot in the discus, hurling 132-10 (40.50m), and finished just behind Louf-Woods for a 1-2 finish in the hammer, marking at 160-11 (49.04m).
Sophomore Joao Baptista's (Somerville, Mass.) solid jumping campaign continued, as he placed second in the high jump at 6-4 (1.93m) before finishing fourth in the long jump with a distance of 19-8.75 (6.01m). His counterpart on the women's side, freshman Danielle Devine (Bernardston, Mass.) wrapped up fourth in the high jump, clearing 4-10.5 (1.49m), and sixth in the long jump, marking at 14-5.25 (4.40m).
Shurtleff finished her day with three top-three finishes, as she individually competed in the triple jump and 400 hurdles. She turned in a season-best 32-11.0 (10.03m) in the triple jump, finishing second, and placed third in the hurdles in 1:12.59.
On the Track
Freshman George Papoulis (Haverhill, Mass.) secured eight points for the Corsairs in the 400-meter dash, taking second in 50.07. Senior Sean Herlihy (Walpole, Mass.) was also a second-place finisher, timing in a 10:03.44 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.
In the women's sprints, freshman Hilda Kusi (Framingham, Mass.) put forth a strong second-place time in the 100-meter dash in the field of 39, timing in at 13.01, and joined Dasher, senior Esther Nkwah (Roslindale, Mass.) and sophomore Moniyah Johnson (Providence, R.I.) to take fourth in the 4x100-meter relay in 52.91.
For the men, sophomore Michael Tierney (Norton, Mass.) took third individually, crossing the line in 58.08 in the 400-meter hurdles and teamed with Papoulis, junior Spencer Lynds (Solon, Maine) and freshman Michael Roby (Wrentham, Mass.) for a fourth-place time of 3:27.99 in the 4x400-meter relay.
UMass Dartmouth's strong women contingency in the 1,500-meter run was paced by DiGiovanni's time of 5:05.87 to finish fourth, as she was followed closely by teammate Kirsten Harnden (Fitchburg, Mass.) in fifth at 5:09.45.
The outdoor season continues for UMass Dartmouth next weekend, as both teams will travel to American International College in Springfield, Mass. for the Yellowjacket Invitational on Saturday, April 8.