BOSTON – University of Massachusetts Dartmouth junior Raybryana Dasher (New Bedford, Mass.) broke the 30-plus year program record in the 400-meter dash on Friday, highlighting five postseason qualifying performances for the Corsairs at two separate meets over the weekend. The Corsairs split competitors between Boston University's John Thomas Terrier Classic and Tufts University's Stampede.
Dasher made UMass Dartmouth history at BU, breaking the 30-plus year school record in the indoor 400-meter dash to qualify for the Open New England Championships. With her time of 58.47, she bested the previous record of 58.86 set by Cathy Rabone in 1986, one of the longest-standing indoor records in program history. Dasher placed 31st of 103 runners in the event, bettering numerous Division I and II runners.
Freshman George Papoulis (Haverhill, Mass.) continued his dominant rookie season in the 800-meter run. He qualified for the Open New Englands with a 26th place finish at BU, timing in a 1:53.40, the second-fastest time in school history and just two seconds shy of the Corsair record. He was joined in the event by junior Tyree Gorham (Brockton, Mass.), who broke two minutes for the first time at 1:57.82, qualifying for the New England Division III Championships in the process.
UMass Dartmouth saw two Corsairs reach qualifying marks in the mile. Senior Reme DiGiovanni (Southborough, Mass.) tripped the timer at a personal-record time of 5:15.95 in the women's race, and sophomore Jason Karakaedos (Peabody, Mass.) ran the sixth-fastest time in school history at 4:24.21 for the men. Both will compete in the New England Division III Championships in the event as a result.
At BU, sophomore Kirsten Harnden (Fitchburg, Mass.) joined DiGiovanni in the mile, and also crossed the line in a personal best time at 5:23.10. Freshman Travis Dolcine (Somerville, Mass.) competed in the 1,000-meter run, turning in a time of 2:37.22.
In the field, junior Jared Louf-Woods (Salem, Mass.) again improved his mark in the throwing events as he competed at the Tufts Stampede. With a personal-best distance of 54-4.0 (16.56m) in the weight throw, he topped the field of 35 competitors and sits second in the New England Alliance standings. He also turned out a second-place finish in the shot put, tossing 50.0 (15.24m).
Several other Corsairs moved up in the program history books while competing at Tufts. In his first meet of the season, sophomore Joao Baptista (Somerville, Mass.) cleared 6-6.0 (1.98m) in the high jump, with several near misses at 6-8.0 to place second overall.
For the women, freshman Caitlyn Demers (Dartmouth, Mass.) moved into fifth all-time in program history in the 600-meter run, timing in 1:43.79 and placing sixth just ahead of Dasher, who ran a time of 1:41.08.
Wrapping up the sprint performances were senior Gelynne Berger (Somerville, Mass.) and freshman Hilda Kusi (Framingham, Mass.) in the 60-meter dash. Kusi took 13th of 63 competitors, finishing in 8.26, while Berger moved up to ninth in school history by placing 15th in 8.32.
One final meet remains before the New England Alliance Championships, as several UMass Dartmouth athletes will return to BU to compete in next weekend's Scarlet and White Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 4.