MEDFORD, Mass. -- Both UMass Dartmouth outdoor track & field teams tuned up for next weekend’s Little East Conference Championships by posting a pair of top three performances at the Tufts Sunshine Classic Saturday afternoon, as the 16th-ranked Corsair men finished second overall while the Corsair women tied for third in the final team standings.
Junior Jordan Entwistle (Northboro, Mass.) topped the 200 foot mark in the javelin for the second time this season, as he took top honors in the event (61.52 meters/201 feet, 10 inches) that included four Corsairs in the top seven. Senior Joao Baptista (Malden, Mass.) added a winning performance in the high jump (2.05 meters/6 feet, 8 ¾ inches) and a fourth place finish in the long jump (6.30 meters/20 feet, 8 inches) for UMass Dartmouth, which received a first place finish from sophomore Bruno Pires (New Bedford, Mass.) in the 800 meters (1:53.80).
Junior George Papoulis (Haverhill, Mass.) and senior Mike Tierney (Norton, Mass.) recorded runner-up performances in the 400 meters (49.20) and 400 meter high hurdles (55.33) for the Corsairs, who received a second place finish in the shot put (13.79 meters/45 feet, 3 inches), a third place performance in the discus (40.09 meters/134 feet, 2 inches) and an eighth place finish in the hammer throw (44.12 meters/134 feet, 11 inches) from freshman Andrew Swallow (Framingham, Mass.). Sophomore DJ Machado (Swansea, Mass.) collected a pair of third place finishes in the 100 (11.27) and 200 (22.28) meters, while freshman Steve Stromski (Melrose, Mass.) notched a third place performance in the 1,500 meters (4:12.50).
Sophomore Mike Volkmann (Taunton, Mass.) joined freshmen Andrew Pratt (Greenfield, Mass.) & Jimmy Sferrazza (Lakeville, Mass.) notched respective second (46.55 meters/152 feet, 9 inches), fifth (43.08 meters/141 feet, 4 inches) and seventh place (40.35 meters/132 feet, 4 inches) finishes in the javelin for UMass Dartmouth, while freshman Edward Lundy (Lawrence, Mass.) placed fourth in the 200 meters (22.44). Freshman Jahmeir Lewis (Taunton, Mass.) and sophomore Tim Chase (Amesbury, Mass.) posted identical marks of 1.70 meters/5 feet, 7 inches in the high jump for the Corsairs, as Chase added a seventh place performance in the 400 meter high hurdles (1:07.61).
Freshman Jake Slack (Lakeville, Mass.) was sixth in the triple jump (10.46 meters/34 feet, 4 inches), while Pratt and sophomore De’Andre Bennett (Dennis, Mass.) finished seventh in the discus (37.22 meters/122 feet, 1 inch) and 200 meters (23.17) and junior Travis Dolcine (Somerville, Mass.) was eighth in the 1,500 meters (4:16.90). UMass Dartmouth’s 4 x 400 meter relay tandem of Papoulis, Dolcine, Pires and senior Jason Karakaedos (Peabody, Mass.) took top honors with a time of 3:46.94, while the 4 x 100 meter quarter of Lewis, Lundy, Machado and junior Kyle Whalen (Stonington, Conn.) was second with a time of 44.60. The Corsairs posted a score of 138 points on the afternoon in finishing in the runner-up spot, as the host Jumbos (181 points) took top honors while Husson ended the day with a third place mark of 125 points.
Junior MacKenzie Garvey (Plymouth, Mass.) led the way in the women’s competition for UMass Dartmouth by taking top honors in the shot put (11.52 meters/37 feet, 9 ½ inches) and adding a fourth place performance in the hammer throw (37.64 meters/123 feet, 6 inches). Junior Caitlyn Demers (Dartmouth, Mass.) was second in the 100 meters (13.10) for the Corsairs, which received a third place finish in the 100 meter high hurdles (17.31) and a fourth place performance in the high jump (1.52 meters/4 feet, 11 ¾ inches) from junior Danielle Devine (Bernardston, Mass.).
Freshmen Mallory Singer (Succasunna, N.J.) & Julia Cabral (Rochester, Mass.) joined senior Kali Martel (Fall River, Mass.) in finishing 3-4-5 in the javelin with respective marks of 27.96 meters/91 feet, 9 inches, 24.26 meters/79 feet, 7 inches and 21.95 meters/72 feet, while sophomore Mary Silvia (Raynham, Mass.) was fifth in the shot put (10.43 meters/34 feet, 2 ¾ inches) and seventh in the hammer throw (32.14 meters/105 feet, 5 inches). Junior Moniyah Johnson (Providence, R.I.) notched sixth and eighth place performances in the 100 (13.91) and 200 (29.75) meters for UMass Dartmouth, which received a seventh place finish in the shot put (9.75 meters/32 feet) from freshman Kristin Slowinski (Colrain, Mass.) and an eighth place performance in the 800 meters (2:46.62) from senior Kirstie Harnden (Fitchburg, Mass.).
The quartet of Silvia, Garvey, junior Anna Church (Peabody, Mass.) and Cabral finished 4-5-6-7 in the discus with respective marks of 25.89 meters/84 feet, 11 inches, 25.68 meters/84 feet, 3 inches, 25.67 meters/84-2 inches and 24.52 meters/80 feet, 5 inches) in the competition, while the Corsair 4 x 100 meter relay team of Demers, Devine, Johnson and sophomore Emilea Lauzon (Lakeville, Mass.) was second in the event with a time of 52.19. Tufts took the team title with a score of 305 points on the afternoon, as the Jumbos bested runner-up Plymouth State’s total of 124 points. UMass Dartmouth and Amherst tied for third place with a final mark of 84 points each.
Both UMass Dartmouth squads are set to compete for their respective Little East titles next Saturday morning, as the 2019 league championships will be hosted by Fitchburg State as part of the New England Alliance Championships that begin at 11:00 am.