Feb 28, 2018
PAWTUCKET, R.I. – University of Massachusetts Dartmouth senior Jared Louf-Woods (Salem, Mass.) and freshman Moisee Irizarry (Peabody, Mass.) were named the Little East Conference's Indoor Field Athlete of the Year and Rookie Field Athlete of the Year respectively, this afternoon when the conference office announced the conference's major awards program.
Louf-Woods received his second consecutive Little East Indoor Field Athlete of the Year award, continuing his dominance in the throwing circle throughout his final indoor season of competition. The senior stood atop the awards podium a combined eight times, including capturing a pair of events at the Little East Conference and New England Alliance Championships on Feb. 10, but earned a total of five first-place finishes in the weight-throw with another three coming from his efforts in the shot put, finding a way to the podium a total of 11 times through eight meets in the indoor schedule.
In the weight throw, Louf-Woods held the NCAA Division III standard for over a month, when he tossed a school-record mark of 18.83m (61-9.5) to take first-place at the Tufts Invitational. He re-set the school mark two more times, most recently with a career-best throw of 19.14m (62-9.5) at the Div. III New England Championship. Currently, Louf-Woods is ranked third in the nation with that distance, separated by a foot from the top national distance. In the shotput, the Salem-native is currently 14th nationally, setting a personal-best toss back on Feb. 10 when he unleashed a meet record-breaking distance of 16.23m (53-3) to sweep gold in the throwing events at the New England Alliance Championship. The performance marked the third time this season that he took first-place in both events during the same meet. This past weekend, Louf-Woodfs logged his most consistent performance of the campaign in the shot put with six distances all over 50-feet.
Louf-Woods is anticipating his first career appearance at the NCAA Div. III Indoor Championships in Birmingham, Ala. on March 10, qualifying in the weight throw and shot put. He nearly missed the national cut for the 2017 indoor national field.
Irizarry became the second-straight Corsair men's track & field athlete to earn Indoor Rookie of the Year, following the path ofGeorge Papoulis (Haverhill, Mass.) who was given the award on the track side last season. The Peabody-native logged an impressive first campaign with the Corsairs, showing versatility as he garnered weekly awards both on the track and in the field through the first eight meets of his collegiate career.
In his first collegiate field event during the Springfield College Maroon & White on Jan. 20, Irizarry placed second in the high-jump when he cleared the bar at 1.84m (6-0.5). On Feb. 10 at the Little East/Alliance Championship, he covered a season-best 1.91m (6-6) to edge teammate Joao Baptista (Medford, Mass.) for the place first in both fields. The dynamic track athlete also set the New England Alliance 60-meter hurdle record, when he stopped the timer at 8.37 seconds to the capture event. He bested the 60-meter hurdle field for the fourth time this season.
Irizarry is currently ranked 41st in the country in the 60-meter hurdles and is 0.15 seconds from joining teammates Louf-Woods andPapoulis at the National Championship in Alabama with one chance remaining to qualify.
UMass Dartmouth will return to action on Saturday, March 3, when the Corsairs compete in the Tufts Last Chance National Qualifier.