MEDFORD, Mass. -- The UMass Dartmouth men’s indoor track & field team closed out its regular season schedule with impressive performances at the non-scoring Tufts Last Chance Qualifier that took place Saturday afternoon at the Gantcher Center.
Junior George Papoulis (Haverhill, Mass.) tuned up for next week’s NCAA Division III Indoor National Championships by taking top honors in the 800 meters with a time of 1:52.94, as he is currently seeded eighth nationally in the event. Sophomore Bruno Pires (New Bedford, Mass.) ran the third fastest indoor 800 meters with a mark of 1:54.85 in the competition, as he finished sixth overall in the event.
Senior Joao Baptista (Malden, Mass.) will be joining Papoulis at the 2019 NCAA Championships next week at the Reggie Lewis Center, as he is currently seeded 12th nationally in the high jump and finished second in the event at today’s competition with a mark of 1.96 meters/6 feet, 5 ½ inches. Freshman Kaiden Swainamer (Lakeville, Mass.) tossed the second longest mark in the shot put in school history (15.06 meters/49 feet, 5 ½ inches) to place fourth in the event for the Corsairs, who received a personal record and a seventh place finish of 14.30 meters/46 feet, 11 inches from fellow freshman Andrew Swallow (Framingham, Mass.).
Senior Alex MacMillan (Brockton, Mass.) rounded out the group of UMass Dartmouth competitors by placing fifth in the 200 meters (22.76) and seventh in the 60 meter dash (7.17).
Papoulis and Baptista are scheduled to begin competition at the NCAA Division III Indoor National Championships next Friday afternoon.