Three members of the 20th-ranked UMass Dartmouth men’s outdoor track & field team have received major honors from the Little East Conference for their respective performances this spring.
Junior All-American George Papoulis (Haverhill, Mass./Haverhill) was named as the Little East Men’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year, as he continued his stellar all-around season by capturing the 800 meter conference title with a time of 1:54.43 at the league championships two weeks ago. Papoulis, the national runner-up in the indoor 800 meters this past March, also ran a leg of the winning 4 x 800 meter relay that finished with a time of 8:11.67 in the event, as he has now amassed eight individual Little East titles in both indoor & outdoor competition. Papoulis claimed the conference’s indoor 600 meter crown in February and added the New England Division III championship in the 1,000 meters two weeks later.
Fellow junior All-American Jordan Entwistle (Northboro, Mass./Algonquin Regional) was tabbed as the Little East Men’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year, as the reigning conference and New England Division III javelin champion has enjoyed one of the finest seasons in the nation this spring. Entwistle has been ranked second in NCAA Division III competition in the event after tossing a mark of 65.63 meters/215 feet, 4 inches during the season-opening Corsair Classic on March 30th, as Jordan is bidding to earn his second straight All-America javelin accolade after finishing fourth at last year’s national championships. Entwistle posted a mark of 62.93 meters/206 feet, 5 inches at the Little East Championships two weeks ago before copping the New England Division III crown last Friday with a mark of 62.48 meters/205 feet.
Freshman Andrew Swallow (Framingham, Mass./Framingham) rounded out the trio of Corsair honorees, as he added the Little East Men’s Outdoor Field Rookie of the Year award to his resume after winning the indoor title in February. Swallow took home the title in the outdoor shot put with a mark of 14.77 meters/48 feet, 5 ½ inches at Fitchburg State two weeks ago, as that toss was the fifth longest in school history. Andrew holds both Little East shot put marks after taking top honors at the indoor championships at Plymouth State in February, as he recorded a mark of 14.20 meters/46 feet, 7 ¼ inches in that event.
Head Coach Mike Salem’s squad, which finished fourth at the Little East Championships and ninth at the New England Division III meet at Williams, is competing this weekend at the New England Open Championships hosted by Southern Connecticut.