BRIDGEWATER, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's and women's track and field team crowned seven Little East Conference (LEC) champions and a pair of New England Alliance champions on Saturday as the team's finished in second and eighth place respectively during Saturday's joint-meet with the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC).
Senior Jared Louf-Woods (Salem, Mass.) and junior John Edward Sagun (Brockton, Mass.) sat atop both competing conferences in their throwing events to take home both LEC and New England Alliance first-place honors.
Louf-Woods not only defeated the field from both conferences in the shot put, as his toss of 16.81m (55-02) was four feet ahead of the next closest opponent. With that mark, the senior re-etched his name into the record books which have already been plastered with it. In the hammer throw, he captured his second LEC/N.E. Alliance dual championship with his throw of 57.99m (190-03) – nearly 17 feet ahead of the second-place mark.
Sagun duplicated the feat of his teammate in both respects. In the discus, he earned a first-place finish when he unleashed a throw of 45.86m (150-05), breaking an outdoor school-record that has stood for over 40 years.
George Papoulis (Haverhill, Mass.) was the lone dual-champion on the track, as he finished three seconds ahead of the second-place LEC runner, with the sophomore tripping the timer at 1:53.88 to capture the Little East/New England Alliance championship in the 800-meter.
In the 4x400 men's relay, the team of Delpiero Beaumont (Brockton, Mass.), Alex MacMillian (Brockton, Mass.), Corey Moss (Uxbridge, Mass.), and Moisse Irizarry (Peabody, Mass.) raced to a first-place finish to capture the LEC crown, finishing just two seconds ahead of the team from UMass Boston. Jessica O'Reilly (Millis, Mass.) led the pack in the 5000 meters, finishing at 19:31.84 to capture the LEC championship in the event.
In the field, sophomore Mackenzie Garvey (Plymouth, Mass.) led all competitors from the LEC in the shot put with her distance of 11.85m (38-10). In the javelin, Taryn Carley (Kingston, Mass.) was just under a foot ahead of the second-place thrower, as she was crowned the conference champion with her distance of 38.35m.
Joao Baptista (Medford, Mass.) earned the number one spot in the high jump when he cleared the bar at 1.98m (6-06), ranking just ahead of his teammate in Irrizary. Jordan Entwistle (Northborough, Mass.) led the impressive javelin corps which finished one-two-three in the conference, as the sophomore unleashed a distance of 64.32m (211-00)
For the women, Raybryana Dasher (New Bedford, Mass.) trailed only UMass Boston's All-American Wadeline Jonathas in the 400-meter dash, clocking in at 59.12 for second-place. Emilea Lauzon (Lakeville, Mass.) was right behind her teammate with her time of 1:00.14. The duo later joined up with Gelynne Berger (Somerville, Mass.) and Carley coming in third in the 4x100 meter relay.
The women's team earned its second top-three finish in relays when Sabrina Costa (Fall River, Mass.), Taylor Walsh (Groveland, Mass.), Dasher, and Lauzon posted a time of 4:08.76.
Irizarry was second in the 400-meter hurdles with his 57.09 finish, trailing the lead-runner by less than half a second. Bruno Pires (New Bedford, Mass.) battled to a second-place finish in the 3000 Steeplechase at 9:38.63.
The 4x100 men's relay team consisting of Papoulis, Beaumont, MacMillan, and Kyle Whalen (Stonington, Conn.) was second in their event at 43.07. The 4x800 team with Travis Dolcine (Somerville, Mass.), Tyree Gorham (Brockton, Mass.), Tim Chase (Amesbury, Mass.), and Papoulis were third in the LEC.
The UMass Dartmouth track and field teams take on the region at the New England Div. III championships on May 4 and 5.