Geneva, Ohio -- UMass Dartmouth junior All-American George Papoulis (Haverhill, Mass./Haverhill) will compete for the 15th-ranked Corsairs’ second individual national title of the 2019 NCAA Division III Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Championships, as he qualified for the 800 meter national final that will take place Saturday afternoon at 2:00 pm at the SPIRE Institute.
Papoulis, the national runner-up in the indoor 800 meters that took place in March at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston, won his heat with a time of 1:51.72 to advance to tomorrow’s championship race, as he is one of nine qualifiers for the event. Wisconsin-Eau Claire junior Kyler Lueck, the reigning indoor national champion, posted the fastest qualifying time of the day at 1:51.16, while Carroll (Wis.) senior Grant Marton followed at 1:51.65. George will be joined in the final by Southern Maine sophomore Zach Hoyle, St. Scholastica sophomore Ryan Steger, Wartburg senior Casey Roberts, Redlands sophomore Tucker Cargile, WPI senior Ryan Wittenberg and Middlebury junior Nathan Hill.
“George ran a very smart race today—he did what he needed to do and put himself in a position to be successful,” first year UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Mike Salem said of Papoulis’s performance. “It will be a tough field of competitors tomorrow, but he is very familiar with most of them, and I know he will continue to rely upon his experience to put himself in another positive position Saturday.”
The preliminary heat win brought vindication for Papoulis, who finished 14th in the event at last year’s NCAA Championships in LaCrosse, Wis. George looks to join fellow junior All-American Jordan Entwistle (Northboro, Mass./Algonquin Regional) atop the podium as a national champion tomorrow, as Entwistle claimed the 2019 NCAA outdoor javelin crown last night after tossing a winning mark of 64.27 meters/210 feet, 10 ½ inches.
Live stats and video links for Saturday’s 800 meter national championship race will be available at www.corsairathletics.com.