SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's indoor track and field team posted three individual victories to post a third place finish this afternoon at the Springfield College Invitational. Sophomores Kevin Cutler (Attleboro, Mass.) and Brandon Jarousky (Attleboro, Mass.) along with junior Cody Lusas (Melrose, Mass.) each stood atop the awards podium.
Worcester State University sat atop the team standings with a total score of 130.50 points, while the Corsairs placed third in the 10-team field with 82 points.
Lusas earned his first collegiate victory in the shot put, defeating the 25-person field with a Division III New England qualifying mark of 13.44 meters (44-01.25). He also registered a throw of 13.19 meters (43-03.25) to place third in the weight throw. Freshman Greg Betsold (Turner Falls, Mass.) posted the sixth longest throw in the shot, covering a distance of 12.11 meters (39-08.75).
Cutler continued to dominate the high jump event, winning the competition with a leap of 1.93 meters (6-04.00). He met the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) qualifying standard with his first-place leap.
Jarousky was the first runner to cross the finish line in the 400 meter dash with a time of 52.16 seconds. UMass Dartmouth demonstrated its depth in the middle distance races as five Corsairs registered top-six performances. Freshman Kurt Dreher (Dartmouth, Mass.) earned the sixth fastest time in the 600-meter run (1:28.29). Senior Matt Hinthorne (Braintree, Mass.) finished third in the 800-meter run with a time of two minutes, 00.65 seconds, while sophomore Ryan Hayes (Kingston, Mass.) was fifth (2:02.38). Hayes also placed fourth in the mile run (4:27.60).
Sophomore Michael Vaz (Dartmouth, Mass.) edged senior Christopher Jordan (Taunton, Mass.) for third place in the 5,000-meter run. Freshman Chris Cennami (Peabody, Mass.) finished seventh 60-meter dash, tripping the timer at 7.20 seconds.
UMass Dartmouth will return to the track on February 8, when the Corsairs compete in the Dave Hemery Invitational at Boston University.