Papoulis Crowned As New England Division III Indoor 1000 Meters Champion

Papoulis Crowned As New England Division III Indoor 1000 Meters Champion

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. --  Junior George Papoulis (Haverhill, Mass.) captured the individual New England crown in the 1,000 meters to lead a solid performance by the UMass Dartmouth men’s indoor track & field team at the 2019 New England Division III Championships hosted by MIT Saturday afternoon.

Papoulis, who has already qualified for the upcoming NCAA Division III Indoor National Championships to be held at the Reggie Lewis Center in two weeks, won the event in a time of 2:28.49, as he bested sophomore teammate Bruno Pires’ (New Bedford, Mass.) all-New England runner-up mark of 2:31.03.  The two combined with senior Alex MacMillan (Brockton, Mass.) and junior Delpiero Beaumont (Dorchester, Mass.) to earn all-New England accolades in the 4 x 400 meter relay, as the quartet posted a sixth place time of 3:27.25.

Senior Joao Baptista (Malden, Mass.) followed up his performance in the high jump at last week’s Little East Conference Championships by recording a personal best mark of 2.05 meters/6 feet, 8 ¾ inches in the event, as he collected all-New England honors with a second place finish.  Baptista’s efforts would rank currently as the 12th best performance in Division III nationally this season.

Freshman Kaiden Swainamer (Lakeville, Mass.) joined Papoulis, Pires and Baptista in earning individual all-New England accolades on the day, as he posted an eighth place performance in the shot put with a mark of 14.11 meters/46 feet, 3 ½ inches.  The Corsairs tied for 10th in the final team standings among 23 entrants in the field, as host MIT won the event by a 164-78 margin over runner-up Tufts.

UMass Dartmouth returns to action next Saturday morning by heading to Medford, Mass. to compete at the Tufts Last Chance Qualifier.

(Photo Credit:  Bob Molta, Eastern Connecticut Sports Information)