GENEVA, Ohio – Junior Jared Louf-Woods (Salem, Mass.) represented the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth on Saturday at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the men's hammer, competing in his first national championship at the SPIRE Institute.
Louf-Woods entered the meet as the 10th seed in the event with his personal-best throw of 189-02 (57.67m), which he registered on April 15 at the Jerry Gravel Classic. Unfortunately, in the second flight of the preliminary rounds, he was unable to register an official throw due to fouls. Augustana's Marckus Simmons went on to claim the national title with his distance of 202-01 (61.59m) in the first flight.
The junior from Salem, Mass. experienced even further growth in the outdoor season after setting the school record in the shot put during the indoor season. In the hammer, he improved his distances by over 20 feet in the spring and earned the Little East Conference title on April 29 with a heave of 181-01. Louf-Woods went on to compete in both the New England Division III Championships and the NEICAAA Open New England Championships, where he took 10th at 176-01 (53.68m).
Louf-Woods and UMass Dartmouth head coach Steve Gardiner competed at the highest level on Saturday despite difficult circumstances, as the Corsair track and field program and UMass Dartmouth athletic department mourn the loss of assistant coach Darren DeAndrade. DeAndrade tragically and suddenly passed on Friday evening after guiding both Louf-Woods and sophomore Stephen Tencati (Clinton, Mass.) through their seasons and onto the NCAA Championships. During his many years serving on Gardiner's staff, he instructed and mentored countless Corsairs, specializing in the field events. He is survived by his two sons, Kyle and Sean, and leaves a legacy that extends far beyond the field of competition.
Details on services and arrangements for DeAndrade will be forthcoming on corsairathletics.com.