DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- Both UMass Dartmouth outdoor track & field teams began their respective seasons by combining for a pair of top six finishes at the 2019 Corsair Classic, as the men’s squad placed fourth overall among 20 competitors while the women’s team finished sixth in a field of 17 schools.
Junior Jordan Entwistle (Northboro, Mass.) and senior Steve Tencati (Clinton, Mass.) led the way on the men’s side for the Corsairs, as the duo qualified for the NCAA Division III Championships in the javelin after finishing 1-2 in the event with respective marks of 65.63 meters/215 feet, 4 inches & 62.39 meters/204 feet, 8 inches.
Senior Mike Tierney (Norton, Mass.), junior George Papoulis (Haverhill, Mass.), sophomore Bruno Pires (New Bedford, Mass.) and freshman Steve Stromski (Melrose, Mass.) also recorded first place finishes in their respective events for UMass Dartmouth, which posted a team score of 92 points in the competition. Tierney took top honors in the 400 meter high hurdles (58.17), while Papoulis and Pires posted respective first place finishes in the 400 meters (49.74) and 3,000 meter steeplechase (9:53.00). Stromski claimed the crown in the 5,000 meters in his first collegiate outdoor competition with a time of 15.49.56 in the event.
Senior Joao Baptista (Malden, Mass.) was second in the high jump (1.95 meters/6 feet, 4 ¾ inches) for the Corsairs, while freshman Kaiden Swainamer (Lakeville, Mass.) finished third in the shot put (15.29 meters/50 feet, 2 inches). Freshmen Okan Canaran (Lakeville, Mass.) and Andrew Swallow (Framingham, Mass.) recorded respective fifth place performances in the 10,000 meters (37:39.03) and shot put (13.84 meters/45 feet, 5 inches) for the hosts, who received a seventh place mark in the javelin (47.80 meters/156 feet, 10 inches) from sophomore Mike Volkmann (Taunton, Mass.).
Junior Travis Dolcine (Somerville, Mass.) placed eighth in the 800 meters (2:02.89) for UMass Dartmouth, which received a pair of ninth place finishes in the 400 meters (52.41) and shot put (12.83 meters/42 feet, 1 ¼ inches) from junior Delpiero Beaumont (Dorchester, Mass.) and freshman Samir Perez (Lawrence, Mass.). Freshman Jimmy Sferrazza (Lakeville, Mass.) added a 10th place performance in the javelin (45.91 meters/150 feet, 7 inches) on the day, while the Corsair 4 x 400 meter relay tandem of Tierney and sophomores Josh Brockman (Fall River, Mass.), Tim Chase (Amesbury, Mass.) & Corey Moss (Uxbridge, Mass.) finished seventh with a time of 3:49.77. Bridgewater State took top honors in the final standings with 141 points, as Westfield State (109) edged out Eastern Connecticut by a point for the runner-up spot.
Junior Jess O’Reilly (Millis, Mass.) picked up right where she left off over the indoor season on the women’s side, as she took top honors in the 5,000 meters with a time of 19:17.13, while sophomore Taylor Walsh (Groveland, Mass.) triumphed in the 800 meters with a time of 2:28.19. Fellow junior Danielle Devine (Bernardston, Mass.) was third in the high jump (1.50 meters/4 feet, 11 inches) while adding a 10th place finish in the triple jump (9.71 meters/31 feet, 10 ¼ inches) for UMass Dartmouth, which received a fourth place performance in the shot put (11.29 meters/37 feet, ½ inch).
Junior Caitlyn Demers (Dartmouth, Mass.) and senior Ciara Anderson (Medway, Mass.) registered respective fifth and sixth place finishes in the 200 meters (27.79) and 5,000 meters (20:06.08) for the Corsairs, who also received a ninth place performance in the 400 meters (1:03.00) from sophomore Emilea Lauzon (Lakeville, Mass.). The 4 x 400 meter relay quartet of juniors Ella Rath (Pawcatuck, Conn.) and Sabrina Costa (Fall River, Mass.) as well as sophomores Allison Leal (Lincoln, R.I.) and Taylor Walsh (Groveland, Mass.) placed sixth in the event with a time of 4:37.43.
Southern New Hampshire took the team crown in the women’s competition with a score of 136.50 points, as the Penmen topped runner-up Eastern Connecticut (108.50) and third place Springfield (77) in the final standings.
Both UMass Dartmouth squads travel to New London, Conn. next Saturday to compete at the Coast Guard Spring Invitational beginning at 10:00 am.
(Photo Credit: Rainier Almonte '19)