CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The UMass Dartmouth men's track and field team competed amongst several Division I and Division II schools on Saturday, along with quality Division III competition, at the Sean Collier Invitational hosted by MIT. As a unit, the group brought home 16 top-ten finishes from the non-scored meet.
Junior Kevin Cutler (Attleboro, Mass.) continued his dominance in the high jump. He posted a height of 1.93m (6-4), besting the field of 16. He was joined by freshmen Joao Baptista (Somerville, Mass.) and Anthony Vilmenay (Westwood, Mass.) in the top ten, as both jumped 1.99m (6-2). Baptista tied for fourth place, while Vilmenay garnered sixth.
Sprinter Alex MacMillan (Brockton, Mass.) turned in two top-three finishes on the day. The freshman placed second of 56 overall in the 200-meter dash, timing in a 22.12 to better multiple Division I and II competitors. He also took third in the 100-meter dash, finishing in 11.12 out of 55 runners.
The Corsairs received a 2-3 finish in the javelin, as freshman Stephen Tencati (Clinton, Mass.) tossed 58.26m and sophomore John Kleczkowski (North Attleboro, Mass.) hurled 53.49m. Both were outdone by just one Division II thrower.
Also in the throws, sophomore Jared Louf-Woods (Salem, Mass.) tossed his season-best in the shot put with a mark of 14.58m, good for second place in the field of 29. Freshman Nicholas Caswell (North Dartmouth, Mass.) finished behind Louf-Woods in seventh at 13.09m. In the hammer throw, junior Greg Betsold (Turners Falls, Mass.) picked up fifth at 49.58m.
Freshman Ben Rounseville (Rochester, Mass.) and sophomore Spencer Lynds (Solon, Maine) each collected fifth place finishes in the hurdles. Rounseville finished in 17.07 in the 110-meter version, while Lynds tripped the timer at 1:00.23 in the 400-meter race.
The 4x400-meter relay team of Lynds, freshman Michael Tierney (Norton, Mass.), sophomore Tyree Gorham (Brockton, Mass.) and freshman Jason Karakaedos (Peabody, Mass.) collected third, crossing the line in 3:29.26.
In the 400-meter dash, junior Paul Hamlet (Upton, Mass.) turned in a sixth-place finish in 51.18, while Karakaedos also took sixth, finishing in 4:05.56 in the 1,500-meter run.
Next up for the Corsairs is the New England Alliance Championship, which will be held at UMass Dartmouth next Saturday. UMass Dartmouth is seeking its third LEC title in five years, with the most recent coming in 2014.