Men’s Track & Field Shares Lead After Day 1 Of Open New England’s

Men’s Track & Field Shares Lead After Day 1 Of Open New England’s

HANOVER, N.H. – The No. 10 University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's track and field team is currently tied for the lead with No. 25 Williams College after the first full day of competition at the New England Open Championships, hosted by Dartmouth College.

The Corsairs and Ephs sit atop the team standings with 28.50 points, a half point ahead of Division I UMass Amherst.  According to the latest Division III rankings, UMass Dartmouth is the highest ranked team in New England, outdistancing NESCAC foes Middlebury (No. 22) and Williams.  The 25-team Open New England field is comprised of institutions from all three NCAA Divisions.

The Corsairs secured the early advantage in the team race after the opening event as the javelin throwers turned in a strong performance, combining for 18 points.  Junior Stephen Tencati (Clinton, Mass.) captured the regional title with a throw of 64.59 meters (211-11), while sophomore Jordan Entwistle (Northborough, Mass.) placed second with a distance of 62.13 meters (203-10).  Senior John Kleczkowski (North Attleboro, Mass.) registered a mark of 55.74 meters (182-10) to finish 10th overall in the 22-person field.  Tencati and Entwistle are currently ranked fifth and sixth in Division III, respectively.

Senior Jared Louf-Woods (Salem, Mass.) earned a spot on the podium in the hammer throw, placing third with a throw of 59.44 meters (195-00).  Louf-Woods fouled on his first two attempts, so he needed a safe toss on his final attempt to advance to the finals.  He unleashed his best throw of the afternoon on his first attempt in the championship round to notch six team points into his ledger.  Louf-Woods is the top-ranked hammer thrower in the nation.

Junior Joao Baptista (Medford, Mass.) rounded out the Corsairs' scoring contingent in the field events with a fourth-place performance in the high jump.  The Medford, Mass. product cleared the opening height of 1.96 meters (6-05.00) on his second attempt to earn 4.50 points.  The top-four high jumpers in the meet were all Division III student-athletes.

On the track, freshman Moisse Irizarry (Peabody, Mass.) placed 10th in the 110-meter hurdles, nearly missing a spot in the finals.  Irizarry tripped the timer at 15.30 seconds.    

UMass Dartmouth will be back in action for the second day of the New England Open Championships on Saturday, May 12.  Fans unable to make the trip to Hanover, can follow all the action via real-time statistics here. Junior John Edward Sagun (Brockton, Mass.), freshman Bruno Pires (New Bedford, Mass.), sophomore George Papoulis (Haverhill, Mass.) and Louf-Woods are all scheduled to compete, while the men's 4x400-meter relay team will close out the regional meet at 4:45pm.