Raybryana Dasher Sets Program 400-Meter Record at New England Division III Championships

Raybryana Dasher Sets Program 400-Meter Record at New England Division III Championships

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – University of Massachusetts Dartmouth junior Raybryana Dasher (New Bedford, Mass.) became a two-time program record holder in the 400-meter dash, setting the Corsairs' outdoor record to highlight performances at this weekend's New England Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Williams College. 

The Basics
Men's Score: 22nd (9 points) out of 32 teams
Women's Score: 31st (2 points) out of 32 teams 

Record Breakers
After setting the indoor record in the 400 this past winter, Dasher did herself one better to become the program's outdoor record-holder in the event on Saturday. With her time of 57.95, she placed seventh in the field of 20 and cut into the previous school standard of 58.35 set by Jillian VanNess in 2013. Dasher earned two points with her finish as the individual scorer for the Corsair women, and additionally took 20thin the 200-meter dash in 26.19. 

Top 10 Finishes
Sophomore Alex MacMillan (Brockton, Mass.) ran a time of 11.10 in Friday's 100-meter dash preliminaries, advancing to Saturday's final as one of the top-eight times. On Saturday, he took eighth in the final, crossing the line in 11.46.

Four Corsair men gathered top-10 finishes in the field events. In Saturday's javelin, sophomore Steve Tencati (Clinton, Mass.) registered a distance of 198-0 (60.36m) to collect fifth overall. 

Sophomore Joao Baptista (Somerville, Mass.) and senior Greg Betsold (Turners Falls, Mass.) both took seventh place in one of their respective events. Baptista hit the mark in the high jump, clearing 6-5 (1.96m), and Betsold hurled 158-11 (48.44m) in the hammer throw. He also collected 13th in the discus at 133-01 (40.57m), while Baptista took 15th in the long jump with a distance of 20-4.5 (6.20m). 

In the shot put, junior Jared Louf-Woods (Salem, Mass.) marked at 45-7.75 (13.91m) to wrap up 10th place of 20 competitors. 

On the Track
Junior Spencer Lynds (Solon, Maine) cut into his personal-best time in the 400-meter hurdles on Saturday by nearly two seconds, finishing 11th of 22 runners in 56.87. Freshman George Papoulis (Haverhill, Mass.) also took 11th, tripping the timer at 1:55.35 in the 800-meter run. 

Senior Sean Herlihy (Walpole, Mass.) dropped his seed time by three seconds, running the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 10:00.54 and placing 17th

In the Field
Leading the Corsair women's efforts in the field events was senior Meaghan Shurtleff (Dartmouth, Mass.), who surpassed 35 feet in the triple jump her in final meet as a Corsair for a new personal best. Shurtleff placed 14th on Saturday, marking 35-5 (10.79m).

Freshmen Danielle Devine (Bernardston, Mass.) and MacKenzie Garvey (Plymouth, Mass.) rounded out UMass Dartmouth's field performances, both placing 20th in their events. Devine cleared 4-9 (1.45m) in the high jump, with Garvey tossing 35-3 (10.74m) in the shot put. 

Up Next  

Several Corsairs will return to Williams next weekend for the cross-divisional NEICAAA Open New England Outdoor Championships beginning on Friday.