PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men and women's track team shined bright in the Little East Conference/New England Alliance Championships this past Saturday, as five members of the squad came away with first-place finishes in their respective events in Providence, R.I.
The lengthy list of winners begins on the women's side as Taylor Walsh (Groveland, Mass.) became the fifth Corsair to win the 1000-meter run at the event, destroying her previous best time by six seconds with her 3:09.30 finish to take home both the N.E. Alliance and LEC crown, topping the next closest finisher by less than a second. Jessica O'Reilly (Millis, Mass.) took the top-spot in the LEC for the 3000-meter run, coming ahead of the next closest finisher by seven seconds as she shed 13 seconds off of her previous best time with her 11:00.83 finish. That mark positioned O'Reilly second in the N.E. Alliance Championship. In the field, sophomore Mackenzie Garvey (Plymouth, Mass.) shattered her previous furthest distance in the shot put as she tossed a throw of 12.17m (39-11.25) to run away with first-place in the LEC by three feet while slotting in at second for the Alliance.
For the men, an impressive day from freshman Moisse Irizarry (Peabody, Mass.) as he logged personal bests in every event he competed in. Most notably, the newcomer recorded a new personal-best and LEC record in the 60-meter hurdles as he raced to an 8.37 second completion to give him both the LEC and N.E. Alliance Championship. With that time, he is currently one-tenth of a second off pace of being ranked inside the top-15 in the country. Irizarry continued in the field when he edged teammate Joao Baptista for first-place in the high-jump for the LEC, with the duo at the top of the conference with their matched height of 1.98m (6-6).
George Papoulis (Haverhill, Mass.) nearly made a run at the Alliance Record, which he set back in 2017, as he came away with first-place finishes for both events with his 600-meter time of 1:21.09. Later, he joined up with Travis Dolcine (Somerville, Mass.), Tyree Gorham (Brockton, Mass.), and Bruno Pires (New Bedford, Mass.) in the 4x800-meter as the squad topped the next closest team by three seconds with its time of 8:12.06 to take home LEC and Alliance gold.
In the field, Jared Louf-Woods (Salem, Mass.) continued his rout of the competition, taking both the LEC and Alliance's first-place, and setting Alliance and school records in the process for the shot put and weight throw. In the shot put, his toss of 16.23m(53-03) was six feet ahead of the next closest competitor while in the weight throw he logged a distance of 19.23m(63-01.25). With his tosses, he maintained his top-spot nationally for the weight throw and moved up to ninth in the shot put.
There were a number of near-winners for the Corsairs as the team's put forth one of their best efforts of the year. On the women's side, Raybryana Dasher (New Bedford, Mass.) finished second in the conference in the 600-meter with her time of 1:42.37. Emilea Lauzon (Lakeville, Mass.) came in third for the conference in the 400-meter dash as she sprinted toward a 1:03.05 finishing time. The tandem later joined Gelynne Berger (Somerville, Mass.) and Taryn Carley (Kingston, Mass.) in the 4x200-meter with the team coming in third for the LEC.
For the men, Irizarry nearly pulled of wins in three separate events as he finished third for the LEC in the triple jump with his personal-best distance of 13.34m (43-9) while SeanRoss McClinchy (Newton, Mass.) was not far behind with his fourth place personal best distance of 13.28m (43-7). Alex MacMillan (Brockton, Mass.) logged a second-place performance in the 200-meter dash as he posted a time of 23 seconds flat, missing the top-spot by a half of a second. Dolcine finished the 1000 meter at number two for the LEC as he crossed the end line with his time of 2:32.81 while Pires came in third for the entire LEC in the one mile with his time of 4:26.41. McClinchy and MacMillan teamed up with Vinny Tavares (Framingham, Mass.) and Delpiero Beaumont (Dorchester, Mass.) with the foursome storming to a second place LEC finish in the 4x200-meter, missing the number one spot by five-hundredths of a second. In the field, John Sagun (Brockton, Mass.) came in third for the shot put for the LEC as the junior tossed a new personal best distance of 13.21m (43-4).
In the team portions of the LEC/Alliance Championships, the women's squad came in fifth in the LEC, recording 59 points in all and finished eighth in the Alliance event. The men's team totaled 136 points to log a second-place finish in the LEC and 103 points in the Alliance to finish third behind Southern Maine and Bridgewater.
For those qualified, the next competition comes on February 16 & 17 as they will travel to Middlebury, Vermont for the New England Division III Championships while those who are not qualified for post-season events will have their final opportunity to do so in the Last Chance Qualifier at Tufts University on March 2.