CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The no. 8 University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's track and field team concluded the 2018 regular season on Thursday evening at the Last Chance Qualifier hosted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The event deemed the final opportunity for student-athletes to earn their spot in the 2018 NCAA Outdoor National Championship in La Crosse, Wisconsin on May 24.
The Corsairs sent nine individual competitors along with the 4x400 relay team to the final meet, as a handful from the Blue and Gold entered the day hopeful of jumping into the top-20 of the Div. III event rankings which would make them eligible for the trip to Nationals.
In the field events, UMass Dartmouth shined, with three event victories in total. Senior Jared Louf-Woods (Salem, Mass.) notched two of those under his belts, leading the field in the shot put and the hammer throw to continue his impressive campaign. In the shot put, Jared narrowly edged the next closest competitor with his fifth attempt of the day as he launched a distance of 16.50m (54-1.75 ft.). In the hammer throw, he surpassed the 200-feet mark as he has on a number occasions this season, easily winning the event with his toss of 61.12m (200-6 ft.). The javelin group put together a respectable performance as well, with two throwers inside the top-three at the meet. Sophomore Jordan Entwistle (Northboro, Mass.) led the pack with his first-place mark of 61.51m (201-10 ft.) while senior John Kleczkowski (North Attleboro, Mass.) was had a final position at third as he unleashed a 57.74m (189-5 ft.).
Joao Baptista (Somerville, Mass.) had a strong effort in the high jump, clearing the bar at 1.98m (6-6 ft.) for a fourth-place finish, but needed to get three more inches in order for a chance to Nationals. John Edward Sagun (Brockton, Mass.) and Mike Volkmann (Taunton, Mass.) rounded out the field competitors in the discus and javelin respectively.
On the track, the Corsairs were hindered a bit by the short layover between meets with just five days of rest before Thursday's competition. Sophomore George Papoulis (Haverhill, Mass.), who is already qualified for his second consecutive trip to nationals, led the performances by the team with his second-place effort with his time of 49.63 in the 400-meter. Freshmen Bruno Pires (New Bedford, Mass.) and Moisse Irizarry (Peabody, Mass.) comprised the remaining individual competitors competing in the 3000-meter steeplechase and the 110-meter hurdles respectively.
The no. 8 UMass Dartmouth Corsairs anticipate a number of student-athletes competing in next week's NCAA Div. III Outdoor National Championship and will await the release of the participant list in the coming days.