CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Four University of Massachusetts Dartmouth outdoor track and field athletes looked to solidify their final season marks on Thursday evening at the region's Last Chance Qualifying meet, hosted by MIT.
On the Track
Freshman George Papoulis (Haverhill, Mass.) improved his standing in the national Division III picture in the 800-meter run, timing in at 1:51.99 for a personal best time and placing second out of 10. His performance ranks him 25th nationally heading into the final weekend of qualifying meets.
On the women's side, junior Raybryana Dasher (New Bedford, Mass.) wrapped up her record-breaking year by competing in the 400-meter and 200-meter dashes. She took ninth in the 400, crossing the line in 58.64, and seventh in the 200, tripping the timer at 26.38.
In the Field
The throwing duo of junior Jared Louf-Woods (Salem, Mass.) and senior Greg Betsold (Turners Falls, Mass.) competed in a combined three events with several strong marks.
Louf-Woods gathered the second overall spot in the hammer throw, marking at 184-04 (56.20m) for his second-best throw of the season in the event. He additionally took sixth in the shot put at 46-6.25 (14.18m).
Betsold turned out his best performance of the season in the hammer, placing seventh at 171-03 (52.21m) after taking sixth in the discus with a distance of 131-10 (40.18m).
Louf-Woods and sophomore Steve Tencati (Clinton, Mass.) currently rank in the top 10 nationally in the hammer and javelin, respectively, heading into the final weekend of competition and are likely qualifiers for the 2017 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships, to be held in Geneva, Ohio next weekend. Papoulis is also a potential qualifier in the 800.