HANOVER, Mass. – Senior Jared Louf-Woods (Salem, Mass.) captured the shot put title and sophomore George Papoulis (Haverhill, Mass.) earned runner-up in the 800-meter run to power the nationally-ranked University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's track and field team to a fourth place finish among the 36-team field this afternoon at the New England Open Championships, hosted by Dartmouth College. The Corsairs broke two UMass Dartmouth records and earned several All-New England accolades to post the program's highest finish at the two-day regional meet.
In a highly-competitve field that featured institutions from all NCAA Divisions, Southern Connecticut State University (DII) won the team championship with 113.50 total points. University of Massachusetts Amherst (DI) earned runner up honors with 71 points, while the University of New Hampshire (DI; 53), UMass Dartmouth (DIII, 48.5), and host Dartmouth College (DI, 47.5) rounded out the top-five.
Louf-Woods stood atop the podium for the third consecutive week in the shot put. The Salem, Mass. native advanced to the finals with the eventual longest throw of the competition at 16.34 meters (53-07.50). He previously won the New England Divsion III Championship, New England Alliance and Little East Conference titles this spring. Louf-Woods is currently fifth on the NCAA Division III qualifying list.
Papoulis won the final preliminary heat and established a new Corsair standard in the 800-meter run, when he stopped the timer at one minute, 50.03 seconds. The sensational sophomore broke the UMass Dartmouth record that was previously set by Matt Hinthorne '14 (1:50.58) and raised his NCAA Division III qualifying seeding by four spots into second.
The Corsairs' 4x400-meter relay team also etched their names into the program record books. Freshman Moisse Irizarry (Peabody, Mass.), sophomore Delpiero Beaumont (Dorchester, Mass.), junior Alex MacMillan (Brockton, Mass.), and Papoulis combined to place second in their heat and seventh overall with a time of three minutes, 19.34 seconds. The previous UMass Dartmouth record of three minutes, 20.08 seconds was held by Jacob Teixeira, Hinthrone, Matt Ferro, and Gerald Arneaud in 2012.
Freshman Bruno Pires (New Bedford, Mass.) continued to turn in strong performances in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, resetting the Cape Verdean national record by more than 15 seconds. The rookie covered the 3k distance and accompanying obstacles in nine minutes, 20.90 seconds to capture the unseeded heat, place fourth among Division III competitors and 12th overeall. He originally set the Cape Verdean record at the Corsair Classic on April 7 with a time of nine minutes, 35.11 seconds.
Junior John Edward Sagun (Brockton, Mass.) produced a top-10 result in the discus, recording a distance of 43.07 meters (141-04) to finish 10th overall.
UMass Dartmouth will return to action on Wednesday, May 16, when several Corsairs compete in the Last Chance Qualifier at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.