BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Both UMass Dartmouth cross country teams closed out their respective season by competing at the 2018 NCAA Division III New England Regional Championships held at Bowdoin’s Pickards Field Course on Saturday afternoon, as the Corsair men placed 16th among 58 schools in the event while the Corsair women’s squad finished 36th overall.
Senior Jason Karakaedos (Peabody, Mass.) set the pace on the men’s side for UMass Dartmouth by placing 42nd in a field of 416 competitors with a time of 26:08.5 over the 8K layout, while freshmen Steve Stromski (Melrose, Mass.) and Carlos Rivera (Lowell, Mass.) were next with respective 87th and 91st place times of 26:50.0 and 26:52.0. Junior George Papoulis (Haverhill, Mass.) and freshman Jose LeClerc-Rodriguez (Chelsea, Mass.) rounded out the Corsair scoring by placing 137th and 163rd with respective times of 27:38.4 and 28:12.7, as UMass Dartmouth finished second among Little East teams in the event. Amherst (65 points) edged out runner-up Williams (86) and third place Middlebury (142) for the regional title to advance to next weekend’s national championships.
Junior Jess O’Reilly (Millis, Mass.) closed out her solid campaign on the women’s side for the Corsairs with a 50th place finish in a field of 406 runners, as she posted a time of 23:09.8 over the 6K course. Sophomore Taylor Walsh (Groveland, Mass.) and junior Victoria Spitaels (West Newton, Mass.) were next in 114th and 256th place with respective times of 24:06.8 and 26:19.2, while senior Kirstie Harnden (Fitchburg, Mass.) and freshman Jackie Broderick (Wilmington, Mass.) rounded out UMass Dartmouth’s scoring by posting times of 27:31.7 and 28:24.0 that were good for 313th and 336th place. MIT took top team honors with a score of 87 points, as the Engineers edged out runner-up Middlebury (108) and third place Williams (115) in the final standings.