WESTFIELD, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's and women's track team built upon their successes so far this season, as a number of student-athletes recorded personal-best marks while even more qualified for postseason action at Westfield State's Jerry Gravel Invitational.
Jared Louf-Woods (Salem, Mass.) led the list of personal-best performers, notching another school-record under his belt. The senior broke the outdoor mark in the shot put with his distance of 16.20m (53-.75), which currently slots him eighth in the country for the event. John Sagun (Brockton, Mass.) threw a personal-longest in the discus as the junior unleashed a distance of 42.89m (140-8), setting a personal-best and qualifying for the Div. III New England Championships.
On the track, Taylor Walsh (Groveland, Mass.) finished second in the 800-meter while racing to a new best of 2:24.59. Jessica O'Reilly (Millis, Mass.) was also second in her race, finishing in 5:02.90 in the 1500-meter as her fastest time in the event.
Travis Dolcine (Somerville, Mass.) notched a podium-performance as his personal-fastest time of 1:58.31 in the 800-meter was enough for third amongst the field. Delpeiro Beaumont (Dorchester, Mass.) logged a personal-best of 51.83 in the 400-meter while teammate Tim Chase (Amesbury, Mass.) was close behind with his new mark of 53.39.
The milestones kept rolling in as a number of Corsairs on the men's and women's side qualified for the postseason with their performances Saturday.
For the women, Raybryana Dasher (New Bedford, Mass.) earned a spot in the Div. III New England Championships as she clocked in with a first-place time of 59.93 in the 400-meter. For the men, Moisee Irizarry (Peabody, Mass.) qualified for the Div. III New England Championships as he sprinted toward the top-spot at 15.15 in the 110-meter hurdles. Alex MacMillan (Brockton, Mass.) earned a spot as well with his time of 11.16 in the 100-meter.
In the field, Mackenzie Garvey (Plymouth, Mass.) finished seventh in the shot put, but still solidified a slot in the postseason with her mark of 11.01m (36-1.5). Danielle Devine (Bernardston, Mass.) finished second in the high jump as she posted a qualifying-height of 1.54m (5-.5) for the eighth-highest mark in program history. Taryn Carley (Kingston, Mass.) launched a distance of 36.61m (120-1) to take second-place in the javelin.
For the men, both Jordan Entwistle (Northborough, Mass.) and Steve Tencati (Abington, Mass.) qualified for the Div. III New England Championship and the Open New England Championship, finishing first and second respectively in the javelin. John Klezkowski (North Attleboro, Mass.) came in seventh in the event, but his 51.67m (169-6) was still good for a Div. III New England qualifying mark. Joao Baptista (Somerville, Mass.) qualified for the same postseason meet, clearing the bar at 1.98m (6-6) in the high jump.
On the track, Bruno Pires (New Bedford, Mass.) and George Papoulis (Haverhill, Mass.) competed on Friday in the Silfen Elite Distance Carnival at Connecticut College. Pires' 4:00.98 time in the 1500-meter was enough for the Div. III New England Championships while Papoulis' time of 1:53.38 in the 800-meter moved him to 19 in the nation while qualifying for both the New England Open and Div. III New England Championship.
Carley finished in second place on the women's side of the 100-meter with her time of 13 seconds flat. Emilea Lauzon (Lakeville, Mass.) topped her teammate in the 200-meter as she raced to a 27.25 time to come in third. In field events, Devine was third in the long jump with a leap of 4.63m (15-2.25) while Louf-Woods knocked off the competition in the hammer throw with a distance of 61.29m (201-1).
For relays, the women's 4x100meter team of Gelynne Berger (Somerville, Mass.), Dasher, Lauzon, and Carley posted a second-place time of 50.29. The men's 4x100 team of Andrew Farias (Somerset, Mass.), Kyle Whalen (Stonington, Conn.), Beaumont, and MacMillan came in third place at 43.79 on the timer. In the 4x400 of Tyree Gorham (Brockton, Mass.), Dolcine, MacMillan, and Beaumont had a first-place finish with a time of 3:29.31.
The team's return to action at Trinity College this Saturday, before embarking to the LEC/Alliance Championships on April 28 at Bridgewater State.