DARTMOUTH, Mass. – UMass Dartmouth junior Kevin Cutler (Attleboro, Mass.) smashed his own school record in the high jump on Saturday, clearing 7-1.5 (2.17m) to surpass his previous mark of 6-9.75 at the New England Alliance/Little East Conference Championships. Cutler led a second place LEC team finish by the Corsairs, as UMass Dartmouth finished just 12 behind Southern Maine with 170 points.
In New England Alliance scoring, the Corsairs secured third place with 112 points, finishing behind Westfield State with 157 points and Southern Maine at 146.
Cutler's mark is not only a new LEC and Alliance record, but currently sits as the top mark in all of Division III for the outdoor season, two inches over the next best height. The junior becomes the first UMass Dartmouth athlete to win the outdoor conference title in the high jump since Clayton Gullatt in 2005 and the fourth Corsair to do so in program history.
UMass Dartmouth also garnered a recording-breaking finish on the track, as the 4x100-meter relay team of Aaram Williams (Swansea, Mass.), senior Brandon Jarousky (Attleboro, Mass.), Paul Hamlet (Upton, Mass.) and sophomore Alex MacMillan (Brockton, Mass.) finished in 42.27, just a tenth of a second ahead of UMass Boston to become the LEC and New England Alliance champions. That time breaks a 40-year school record, bettering the previous mark of 42.44, set in 1976 by James Weeden, Clarence Bullock, David Hill and Gary Webb. The time is also a new Little East Conference record, just a tenth of a second ahead of Southern Maine's from last year.
The Corsair men were superb in the field events all day long, collecting three additional LEC titles along with Cutler's medal. In the javelin, freshman Stephen Tencati (Clinton, Mass.) launched a new personal best distance of 204-01 (62.21m) to take the conference title. That distance placed second in Alliance scoring, and currently sits seventh in the nation. He was followed closely by sophomore John Kleczkowski (North Attleboro, Mass.) who took second in the LEC and fourth in the Alliance at 183-03 (55.85m).
Junior Greg Betsold (Turners Falls, Mass.) gathered two top-two finishes on the day. He became the LEC champion in the discus, tossing 133-02 (40.60m) to place fourth in the Alliance. Betsold was also the second-place finisher in the league in the hammer throw, turning in a mark of 168-08 (51.42).
In the shot put, sophomore Jared Louf-Woods (Salem, Mass.) hurled a distance of 46-1.25 (14.05), earning his first LEC event title. That mark was good for second overall in the Alliance, as he is the second Corsair to ever top the league in the event.
On the track, MacMillan was crowned both LEC and Alliance champion in the 200-meter dash, crossing the line in 22.56. MacMillan is the second-straight Corsair to take the LEC title in the 200, joining Jarousky who took the event the past two seasons. He also gathered a fourth-place overall finish in the 100-meter dash in 11.20.
Individually, Hamlet took third in the Alliance in the 400-meter dash, running a personal best time of 49.12. Senior Michael Vaz (Dartmouth, Mass.) took a pair of top-five finishes on the day, gathering third place in the 10,000-meter run in the Alliance in 32:41.73 and fifth in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 15:56.30.
Next up for UMass Dartmouth on the road to the NCAA Championships is the New England Division III Championships, to be held next Friday and Saturday at Springfield College.