KINGSTON, R.I. – The Corsair men placed third and the women fifth on Friday afternoon, as the UMass Dartmouth indoor track and field squads competed for the first time this calendar year at the Sorlien Memorial Invitational, hosted by the University of Rhode Island.
The Corsairs competed against all Division I teams, hauling in several top-five finishes and registering amongst the top performances in UMass Dartmouth history.
URI topped the meet in both men's and women's competitions, with the men scoring 103 points and the women 253. UMass Dartmouth picked up 15 points in the men's tallies and the women 25.
The men were led on the day by junior Chris Cennami (Peabody, Mass.), who paced three Corsairs to make the finals in the 60-meter dash. He finished second overall in 7.07, good for the third fastest time in school history. With the mark, Cennami qualifies for the Division III New England Championship at the end of the season.
Freshman Samir Williams (Brockton, Mass.) followed Cennami, finishing fourth in the 60-meter in 7.19. Also clocking that time for a fifth-place finish was freshman Alex MacMillan (Brockton, Mass.), who then followed to pick up second place in the 200-meter dash. His time of 22.60 sits fourth in school history.
The high jumping contingency of Kevin Cutler (Attleboro, Mass.), Anthony Vilmenay (Westwood, Mass.) and Joao Baptista (Somerville, Mass.) posted a 3-4-5 finish. Cutler picked up third place, clearing 1.95m, while Vilmenay and Baptista sat fourth and fifth, respectively, at 1.90m. Additionally, Baptista finished fifth in the long jump, registering a distance of 6.13m.
In the throws, sophomore Jared Louf-Woods (Salem, Mass.) earned third place in the shot put with a toss of 13.78m. Junior Greg Betsold (Turners Falls, Mass.) posted fourth in the weight throw, equaling his personal best at 14.57m.
Wrapping up top-five finishes for the men was junior Paul Hamlet (Upton, Mass.), placing third in the 400-meter dash in 52.43.
On the women's side, senior Laquaysia Anderson-Jenkins (Brighton, Mass.) earned two fifth-place nods on the day, finishing in 8.13 in the 60-meter dash and 26.49 in the 200-meter dash. She was followed closely in both events by freshman Mary Okyere (Leominster, Mass.), who saw her best day of her career thus far. Okyere finished sixth in the 60, running a time of 8.25 to match the sixth fastest time in the Corsair recordbooks.
Sophomore Raybryana Dasher (New Bedford, Mass.) came within just tenths of her personal best in the 400-meter dash, placing third in the event at 1:00.84.
Two other Corsairs, Esther Nkwah (Roslindale, Mass.) and Reme DiGiovanni (Southborough, Mass.), also picked up third-place finishes on the day. Nkwah leaped 9.84m in the triple jump, and DiGiovanni ran her personal best time in the mile, tripping the timer at 5:25.50.
The Corsairs continue the indoor season next weekend, as they will travel to Wesleyan on Jan. 23 for the Wesleyan Invitational.