CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's track and field team had a successful weekend at the New England Division III Championships, as the team finished in third-place amongst the 30 competing teams while crowning a few New England Champions in the process.
The opening day of the contest saw the javelin unit put forth an admirable effort, as they have done throughout the year. Stephen Tencati (Clinton, Mass.) led the group, as he finished in second-place with a school-record mark of 66.49m (218-2). Right behind him in the number three spot for the event was sophomore Jordan Entwistle (Northborough, Mass.) who tossed the javelin 64.39m (211-3.25). The Corsairs had two more throwers contribute points for the team portion of the meet, as JT. Kleczkowski (North Attleboro, Mass.) and Miek Volkmann (Taunton, Mass.) finished in sixth and seventh respectively.
In the discus, junior John Edward Sagun (Brockton, Mass.) furthered the school-record he broke last weekend, coming in eighth place for the event with a distance of 46.62m (152-11.75). Moisse Irizarry (Peabody, Mass.) earned his spot into the day two final for the 110-meter-high-hurdles, as he finished with a personal-best in the event, and the fastest time of the day at 14.75.
The second day of the meet was highlighted by some hardware. Jared Louf-Woods (Salem, Mass.) added two more items to his trophy case as he took home New England Division III Championships in the shot put and hammer throw at 157.74m (51-8) and 61.25m (200-11.75) respectively.
George Papoulis (Haverhill, Mass.) made it three for the weekend as he led the pack in the 800-meter, tripping the timer at 1:51.12 to win first-place. Irizarry rounded out the strong performances on the track as he finished in the 110-meter hurdles final in fourth-place at 15.08. Joao Baptista (Medford, Mass.) continued his upward growth through the year, as he finished in fourth-place for the high-jump when he cleared the bar at six and a half feet.
UMass Dartmouth has a few more meets before the NCAA Div. III Outdoor National Championships, with the next one coming on May 11 & 12 as the team will head to the Open New England Championships at Dartmouth College.