Corsairs Earn USTFCCCA All-New England Honors

Corsairs Earn USTFCCCA All-New England Honors
DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Five members of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's track and field team earned U.S.Track & Field and Cross Country Association (USTFCCCA) All-New England honors as announced by the national office on Tuesday.  Senior Jared Louf-Woods (Salem, Mass.) was named the New England Men's Field Athlete of the Year, while Shay Austin-Leary and Steve Gardiner were named Assistant Coach and Coach of the Year, respectively.   

Junior Stephen Tencati (Clinton, Mass.) earned his third consecutive All-New England honor, while Louf-Woods and sophomore George Papoulis (Haverhill, Mass.) represented the Corsairs for the second straight outdoor season.  Sophomore Jordan Entwistle (Northborough, Mass.) and freshman Moisse Irizarry (Peabody, Mass.) garnered All-Region accolades for the first time. 
 
Louf-Woods headlined the USTFCCCA New England major awards program for the second time this academic year after being named the top field athlete during the 2017-18 indoor season.  The Salem, Mass. product became just the second Corsair to earn the Little East Conference Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year award, joining former All-American Kevin Cutler (2016). He broke UMass Dartmouth program records in the hammer throw and shot put to qualify for the 2018 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Louf-Woods set a new standard in the hammer throw with a distance of 62.45 meters (204-11), while covering 16.81 meters (55-02) in the shot put. He qualified as the second seed in the hammer throw and fifth in the shot put.  Highly decorated this past spring, Louf-Woods swept the hammer throw and shot put events at the Division III New England Championship, New England Alliance Championship, and Little East Conference Championship.  He won the shot put title at the Open New England Championships and placed third in the hammer throw.  
 
Gardiner guided UMass Dartmouth to its most successful outdoor track and field season in program history.  The Corsairs are ranked eighth in the latest USTFCCA Division III poll, marking the program's highest finish in the national rankings. Under his watchful eye, four student-athletes advanced to the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships, the largest number of participants in his tenure. Each of the four qualifiers are ranked within the top-10 in their respective event.  The Corsairs recently established a new standard at the Open New England Championships, placing fourth among the 36-team field. A week earlier, UMass Dartmouth earned a spot on the podium at the Division III New England Championships with a third-place finish. The Corsairs also earned runner up honors at the Little East Conference Championships and fourth in the New England Alliance team standings.
 
In just her first season on the staff of the Corsair track and field team, Austin-Leary has made an immediate impact.  She is primarily responsible for the discus, javelin, and shot put, while Ed Arcaro oversees the hammer throw.  Under her leadership, UMass Dartmouth has broken every indoor and outdoor school-record in the throwing events this year.  The Corsairs are ranked among the top throwers in Division III as four student-athletes boast six top-50 individual performances on the national qualifying list. UMass Dartmouth's quartet of javelin throwers are the strongest unit in Division III as senior John Kleczkowski (North Attleboro, Mass.) and freshman Mike Volkmann (Taunton, Mass.) join Entwistle and Tencati on the national leaderboard.        
 
Tencati and Entwistle provide UMass Dartmouth with two of the top javelin throwers in Division III. Tencati placed second at the Division III New England Championships, setting a school-record throw of 66.49 meters (218-2) to surpass his previous record of 64.56 (211-10).  He continued to turn in strong performances down the stretch as Tencati captured the Open England Championship at Dartmouth College.  Entwistle made an immediate impact in his first season in a Corsair uniform as the Northborough, Mass. product qualified in his first meet with the team, registering a throw of 66.34 meters (217-8) at the Bryant Invitational.  He stood atop the awards podium at the Little East Conference Championships, while placing second at the Open New England Championships and third at the Division III New England Championships. Tencati, seeded fifth, and Entwistle, seeded sixth, will be in action at 12pm on Friday, May 25.
 
Papoulis is making his debut at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships, after representing UMass Dartmouth at the past two indoor national meets.  Papoulis recently broke the Corsair 800-meter run record at the Open New England Championships with a second-place time of one minute, 50.03 seconds.  He also won the 800-meter race at the Division III New England Championship and New England Alliance/Little East Conference Championships this spring. Papoulis, seeded second nationally, will hit the track at 6pm on Friday, May 25 in a preliminary heat with the finals scheduled for 2:50pm the following afternoon.
 
Irizarry earned a spot on the All-New England teams following an impressive rookie campaign that saw him primarily compete in the 110-meter hurdles and a leg of the 4x400 relay, while also participating in the 400-meter hurdles, high jump, and triple jump. The native of Peabody, Mass. is ranked 32nd in the nation in the 110-meter hurdles. He registered a personal-best at the Open New England Championships when he stopped the clock at 14.75 seconds. A week earlier, Irizarry placed fourth in the Division III New England Championships in the 110-meter hurdles. He also ran the anchor leg of the winning 4x400-meter relay at the Little East Conference Championships, while placing second in the 400-meter hurdles (57.09) and high jump (1.98 meters).  
 
UMass Dartmouth will return to action at 11am on Friday, May 25, when the Corsairs compete at the NCAA Division III Championships.  Fans unable to make the trip to La Crosse, Wis., can watch all the action and track real-time statistics from Roger Herring Stadium.