LA CROSSE, Wisc. – The eighth-ranked University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's track and field team garnered two All-America honors on the second day of competition at the 2018 NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships as senior Jared Louf-Woods (Salem, Mass.) and sophomore Jordan Entwistle (Northborough, Mass.) both earned a spot on the national podium.
Through two days of competition, the Corsairs are sixth among the 41 Division III programs that scored a point at the national meet. UMass Dartmouth compiled 10 team points to share sixth with Montclair State, St. John Fisher, Whitworth College, and Worcester State. George Fox University leads the national field, followed by the University of Dubuque (16) and Williams College (14).
Entwistle became the fifth men's student-athlete to earn All-America honors in the javelin and first since Bruce Zapasnik in 2005. The Northborough, Mass. product unleashed a throw of 65.17 meters (213-09.75) on his fifth attempt to place fourth overall in the 20-person field. Entwistle advanced to the finals on his third and final attempt of the preliminary round with a throw of 62.75 meters (205-10-50). Junior Stephen Tencati (Clinton, Mass.) nearly advanced to the finals, placing 10th overall after covering 60.60 meters (198-10.10).
Louf-Woods earned All-America honors in the shot put, setting a new school-record in the process with a throw of 16.84 meters (55-03). He is the first Corsair to earn All-America honors in the shot put at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships. Louf-Woods established a new UMass Dartmouth record on his sixth and final attempt of the competition, breaking his previous personal-best of 16.81 meters. The New England Men's Field Athlete of the Year made the most of his final attempts, advancing through the preliminary round with a throw of 16.28 meters (53-05.00) to sit seventh overall.
Sophomore George Papoulis (Haverhill, Mass.) was unable to secure a spot in the 800-meter final despite a hard-fought effort. The native of Haverhill, Mass. quickly jumped out to an early advantage, posting the fastest 400-meter split (54:139) of the 20 competitors. However, Papoulis wasn't able to maintain his pace as he finished third in his preliminary heat and 14th overall with a time of one minute, 52.27 seconds. The top-two runners in each heat advanced to the finals, followed by the next two fastest times.
UMass Dartmouth will return to action at 12pm on Saturday, May 26, when Louf-Woods competes in the hammer throw.