SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Top-five performances abounded in the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's third meet of the indoor season, with the Corsairs taking to the track and field at Springfield College's Maroon & White Classic on Saturday.
UMass Dartmouth's two-time event winner on the day was senior Jared Louf-Woods (Salem, Mass.), who swept the men's throwing events. In the weight throw, he dominated the field by nearly two feet, taking the win at 60-6.75 (18.46), and gathered his second shot put victory of the season at 48-1.25 (14.66m), a foot better than the second-place finisher.
On the track, sophomore George Papoulis (Haverhill, Mass.) bested the field in the 600-meter run, tripping the timer at 1:22.54 for win by over two seconds. His time qualified him for competition in the event at both the New England Division III Championships and the Open New England meet later this season.
On the Track
Senior Raybryana Dasher (New Bedford, Mass.) was the Corsair women's highest finisher in the running events, gathering second place in the 400-meter dash in 1:01.17. She was followed closely by Emilea Lauzon (Lakeville, Mass.), who took fourth at 1:04.36, and the duo later teamed with junior Taryn Carley (Kingston, Mass.) and freshman Taylor Walsh (Groveland, Mass.) to time in at 4:21.60 for third place in the 4x400-meter relay.
Walsh collected a fifth-place individual finish in the 800-meter run, crossing the line in 2:34.72, with sophomore Jessica O'Reilly (Millis, Mass.) securing third of 16 in the 3,000-meter run with a personal-best time of 1:13.02.
UMass Dartmouth's men's team collected a pair of second-place finishes and New England Division III qualifying times, featuring freshmen Bruno Pires (New Bedford, Mass.) and Moisse Irizarry (Peabody, Mass.). Pires was one of just two to post times below two minutes in the 800-meter run, timing in at 1:58.84. After topping the field in the preliminaries, Irizarry went on to fall short of first by just three-hundredths of a second in the 60-meter hurdles.
Tyree Gorham (Brockton, Mass.) finished in fourth behind Papoulis in the 600 with his time of 1:27.16. Taking third in the men's mile was sophomore Travis Dolcine (Somerville, Mass.), clocking in at 4:35.64. The quartet of Papoulis, Dolcine, Gorham and Pires then put forth a strong performance of 3:30.00 in the 4x400-meter relay for the Corsairs.
In the Field
Irizarry coupled his track performance with a second-place mark in the high jump. He cleared 6-0.5 (1.84m) for a personal best, behind only Worcester State's Markiesh Harmon. In the long jump, junior Joao Baptista (Somerville, Mass.) took fifth of 22 at 20-0.5 (6.11m).
For the women, sophomore MacKenzie Garvey's (Plymouth, Mass.) shot put performance improved for the third-straight meet, as she tossed a personal-best 38-4 (11.68m) to earn second place in the field of 20 competitors.
UMass Dartmouth competes next week at Boston University's prestigious John Thomas Invitational, both Friday and Saturday before Open New Englands the following weekend.