WESTFIELD, Mass. – University of Massachusetts Dartmouth freshman George Papoulis (Haverhill, Mass.) claimed the New England Alliance title in the 800-meter run on Saturday, as the Corsair outdoor track and field squads competed at the Alliance/Little East Conference Championships at Westfield State University. The men's team finished fifth of 11 total teams with 82 points and second amongst LEC teams, while the women took eighth in the Alliance and fourth in LEC scoring.
Men's Alliance Score: 5th (82 point) of 11 teams
Men's Little East Score: 2nd (125 points) of 7 teams
Women's Alliance Score: 8th (46.75 points) of 11 teams
Women's Little East Score: 4th (74.33 points) of 7 teams
Papoulis, who in the winter took the 600-meter indoor crown in his first crack at the Alliance championships, followed in his outdoor campaign with a 1:54.13 time in the 800.
For the second-consecutive year, sophomore Steve Tencati (Clinton, Mass.) took second in Alliance scoring and earned the LEC event win in the javelin throw. Junior Jared Louf-Woods (Salem, Mass.) fell just a foot short of the Alliance crown, but took the LEC title for the hammer by 12 feet. In the high jump, sophomore Joao Baptista (Somerville, Mass.) captured the Little East crown after successfully clearing 2.01m (6-7) for a new personal-best.
Additionally, Baptista recorded a personal-best in the long jump, taking third in the LEC and fifth overall at 21-6.25 (6.56m). Louf-Woods was the conference's second-place finisher in the shot put, hurling 45-4.5 (13.83m) for seventh overall.
The women's 4x800-meter relay combination of senior Hunter Carden (Branford, Conn.), senior Reme DiGiovanni (Southborough, Mass.), sophomore Kirsten Harden (Fitchburg, Mass.), and freshman Jessica O'Reilly (Millis, Mass.) took the Little East crown for the Corsairs. Their time of 10:02.26 was 6.55 seconds faster than the next LEC quartet and second in the Alliance.
Freshman Danielle Devine (Bernardston, Mass.) had the highest individual finish for the women's team, after taking second place in the in high jump at 1.53m (5-0.25). Junior Raybryana Dasher (New Bedford, Mass.) completed her day with two top-five placements. She gathered third place in the 400-meter dash in 58.60, and then followed with a fifth-place performance in the 200-meter dash in 25.81.
DiGiovanni capped off her senior season with a fifth-place finish in the 800-meter run, tripping the timer at 2:23.10.
On the men's side, senior Sean Herlihy (Walpole, Mass.) took third in the Alliance in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with his mark of 10:0.17. Sophomore Samir Williams (Brockton, Mass.) took seventh in the 100-meter dash after making the finals, timing in at 11.14.
SophomoreAlex MacMillan (Brockton, Mass.) took fifth in a closely-contested 200-meter dash, finishing just 0.08 behind Dominic Nda (Pittsfield, Mass.) of UMass Boston who claimed the LEC title.
In the 5,000-meter run, sophomore Jason Karakaedos (Peabody, Mass.) timed in at 16:28.17 to take fifth overall and fourth among Little East runners. Junior John Kleczkowski (North Attleboro, Mass.) finished third among Little East competitors in the javelin at 168-11 (51.48m).
Senior Greg Betsold (Turners Fall, Mass.) turned in a fifth-place finish in the hammer and third in LEC scoring, tossing 159-08 (48.68m), and added to his day in the discus, registering at 128-0 (39.02m) for third in the LEC and seventh overall.
Qualifying Corsairs will compete in next weekend's first postseason meet, as both squads trek to Williams College for the New England Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Saturday, May 6.