SMITHFIELD, R.I. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's and women's track teams were back in action to signify the beginning of the outdoor season, as record-breaking performances and a few top-finishers got the season started strongly.
Jordan Entwistle (Northborough, Mass.) posted a school-record and personal-best in the javelin to start the year, as the sophomore unleashed an event-winning mark of 66.34m (217-65). With that toss, he is currently slotted in at number two in Div. III and has already qualified for the Open New England Championship at the end of the year.
Jared Louf-Woods (Salem, Mass.) continued right where he left off from the Winter season, breaking the school-record in the hammer throw with his distance of 62.45m (204-11). Although it was just shy of the top throw for the day, the senior was able to qualify for the Open New England Championship with his second-place mark. He also finished second in the shot put as he recorded a podium-worthy distance of 15.60m (51-02).
On the track, the men's 4x100 team of Samir Williams, DJ Machado (Swansea, Mass.), Kyle Whalen (Stonington, Conn.), and Alex Macmillan (Brockton, Mass.) came in fourth place out of 12 teams, as the team tripped the timer at 43.65 to finish milliseconds behind the third-place squad. George Papoulis (Haverhill, Mass.) sprinted to a fourth-place finish in the 400-meter dash at 49.36.
Bruno Pires (New Bedford, Mass.) defeated the entire field of 25 runners in the 800-meter run, as the freshman leaned in the final effort to record a first-place time of 1:55.00. Macmillan was third in the 100-meter dash at 11:12, narrowly missing first-place in the race. In the 400-meter, he finished fourth with a time of 22.53. The men's 4x400 relay team rounded out the day on the track, as the quartet of Corey Moss (Uxbridge, Mass.), Delpiero Beaumont (Dorchester, Mass.), Tim Chase (North Attleboro, Mass.), and Moisee Irizarry (Peabody, Mass.) finished at 3:26.28 to log a third-place time.
In the field, Danielle Devine (Bernardston, Mass.) finished as the top Div. III finisher in both of the events she participated in, finishing 10 overall in the triple jump with her leap of 9.30m (30-06) and ninth in the high jump when she cleared the bar at 1.50m (4-11). Junior Taryn Carley (Kingston, Mass.) put forth her best-toss in the javelin as a Corsair, posting a distance of 36.36m (119-07) to finish in seventh.
Joao Baptista (Medford, Mass.) logged a fourth-place effort in the high jump as the junior was able to clear 1.92m (6-03). Irizarry came in eighth place for the triple-jump, finishing as the highest Div. III participant in the event with his leap of 11.88m (38-11.75). John Sagun (Brockton, Mass.) was eighth in the discus as he posted a mark of 41.92m (137-06).
UMass Dartmouth hosts its first and only event of the season in its next action, as the Corsair Classic is scheduled for April 7.