HARTFORD, Conn. – Eight Corsairs, including three from the women's team and four from the men's side, hit qualifying marks for regional postseason competition on Saturday as the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth track and field squads traveled to Trinity College for the non-scoring Trinity Invitational. Additionally, five were event winners, consisting of three field performances and two on the track.
Three of the Corsair women registered qualifying performances for the New England Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships, including freshmen Danielle Devine (Bernardston, Mass.) and Caitlyn Demers (Dartmouth, Mass.), along with senior Meaghan Shurtleff (Dartmouth, Mass.).
Shurtleff took the event title in the triple jump, registering a personal-best distance of 10.61m (34-9.75) to surpass the New England qualifying standard. Also in the field, Devine cleared 1.53m (5-0.25) in the high jump to place third, as all top-three finishers in the event qualified for the regional Division III meet.
On the track, Demers was the second-place finisher in the 400-meter dash. Her time of 59.67 was one of just two below the minute mark on the day, and ranks fourth all-time in program history in outdoor times in the event.
The men's squad saw four hit the New England qualifying marks. Junior Jared Louf-Woods (Salem, Mass.) moved into third all-time in the shot put, registering a second-place distance in the event at 15.19m (49-10), and won the hammer throw at 53.33m (175-0). Both marks registered Louf-Woods amongst the qualifiers for both the New England Division III Championships and the NEICAAA Open New England Championships this coming May.
Sophomore Steve Tencati (Clinton, Mass.) also qualified for both postseason meets in the javelin, tossing an event-winning distance in the javelin at 60.24m (197-8). Sophomore Joao Baptista (Somerville, Mass.) registered a height of 1.93m (6-4), and senior Greg Betsold (Turners Falls, Mass.) joined Louf-Woods as one of six in the hammer throw to qualify for postseason regional competition, placing fourth at 48.33m (158-7). Additionally, Baptista took fourth in the long jump at 6.03m (19-9.5) and Betsold fifth in the discus at 37.58m (123-3).
Hitting N.E. Division III marks were sophomore Alex MacMillan (Brockton, Mass.) and freshman George Papoulis (Haverhill, Mass.). Papoulis claimed the 400-meter dash in 49.77, good for seventh all-time in UMass Dartmouth history, while MacMillan hit qualifier in two events, winning the 200-meter dash in 22.74 and taking second in the 100-meter dash in 11.14.
In the Field
Close behind Tencati in the javelin was junior John Kleczkowski (North Attleboro, Mass.), who turned in a third-place finish at 49.98m (164-0). On the women's side, senior Hunter Carden (Branford, Conn.) cleared 2.75m (9-0.25) in the pole vault, finishing second.
In the women's throws, freshman MacKenzie Garvey (Plymouth, Mass.) continued her strong performances in the shot put, tossing 10.10m (33-1.75) to finish fourth. Junior Madison Boucher (Southborough, Mass.) claimed third in the hammer, tossing 38.84m (127.5).
On the Track
Junior Raybryana Dasher (New Bedford, Mass.) collected a pair of top-10 finishes, securing third overall in the 200-meter dash at 26.54 and sixth in the 100-meter dash in 13.20.
In the men's 5,000-meter run, senior Sean Herlihy (Walpole, Mass.) crossed the line in 15:43 to take fifth.
UMass Dartmouth will compete in its first championship event of the outdoor season next weekend, traveling to Westfield State for the 2017 New England Alliance/Little East Conference Outdoor Championships on Saturday, April 29. The men seek their first team title since 2014, and the women their first since the meet's inception in 1998.