4 Corsairs Advance To NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships

4 Corsairs Advance To NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships

INDIANAPOLIS – Four University of Massachusetts Dartmouth student-athletes qualified for the 2018 NCAA Division III Men's Outdoor Track and Field Championships this afternoon, when the national committee announced the participants.  Junior Stephen Tencati (Clinton, Mass.) advanced to the national championships for the third consecutive outdoor season, while senior Jared Louf-Woods (Salem, Mass.) is making his second straight appearance.  Sophomores George Papoulis (Haverhill, Mass.) and Jordan Entwistle (Northborough, Mass.) are making their debuts in the Division III outdoor field.

The 2018 NCAA Division III Men's Outdoor Track and Field Championship will be held between May 24 and May 26 at the Veteran's Memorial Field Sports Complex in La Crosse, Wis. The top-20 declared student-athletes earned a berth into the national competition for each men's event contested.

Louf-Woods will represent the Corsairs at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships for the second straight season in the hammer throw, while also qualifying in the shot put event.  The Salem, Mass. product booked his ticket to the nationals in his first competition of the season at the Bryant Invitational.  Louf-Woods unleashed a throw of 62.45 meters (204-11) to establish a new program record in the hammer throw, breaking Stephan Baptista's 1987 mark by over 10 feet. He recently captured the Division III New England Championship and New England Alliance title, while placing third at the Open New England Championships.  Seeded second, Louf-Woods is scheduled to throw at 12pm on Saturday, May 26.   

Louf-Woods demonstrated tremendous growth in the shot put to secure a spot in the national field.  He reached his qualifying mark at the New England Alliance/Little East Conference Championships by establishing a new program standard with a winning throw of 16.81 meters (55-02). Highly decorated, Louf-Woods also captured the Open New England Championship and Division III New England Championship this past spring.  He is the fifth seed in the championship and will compete at 4pm on Friday, May 25.

Tencati and Entwistle provide UMass Dartmouth with two of the top javelin throwers in Division III.  Tencati placed second at the Division III New England Championships with a school-record throw of 66.49 meters (218-2), surpassing his previous record of 64.56 (211-10).  He continued to turn in strong performances down the stretch as Tencati captured the Open England Championship last weekend at Dartmouth College.  Entwistle made an immediate impact in his first season in a Corsair uniform.  The Northborough, Mass. product qualified in his first meet, registering a throw of 66.34 meters (217-8) at the Bryant Invitational.  He stood atop the awards podium at the Little East Conference Championships, while placing second at the Open New England Championships and third at the Division III New England Championships.  Tencati, seeded fifth, and Entwistle, seeded sixth, will be in action at 12pm on Friday, May 25.

Papoulis is making his debut at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships, after representing UMass Dartmouth at the past two indoor national meets.  Papoulis recently broke the Corsair 800-meter run record at the Open New England Championships with a second-place time of one minute, 50.03 seconds.  He also won the 800-meter race at the Division III New England Championship and New England Alliance/Little East Conference Championships this spring. Papoulis, seeded second nationally, will hit the track at 6pm on Friday, May 25 in a preliminary heat with the finals scheduled for 2:50pm the following afternoon. 

Under the direction of Steve Gardiner, UMass Dartmouth is currently ranked eighth in Division III.  The Corsairs earned the program's highest team finish in program history at the Open New England Championships, placing fourth among the 36-team field. UMass Dartmouth also reached a program milestone with a third-place performance at the Division III New England Championships.

Fans unable to make the trip to La Crosse, Wis. can follow all the action through the University of Wisconsin La Crosse athletics website, featuring real-time statistics and live video.