CAMBRIDGE, Mass./BOSTON, Mass. -- Both UMass Dartmouth indoor track & field teams enjoyed a busy weekend of competition at a pair of events involving schools from all-divisions, as the Corsairs shined in respective performances at the MIT Gordon Kelly and Boston University David Hemery Valentine Invitationals.
Sophomore Emilea Lauzon (Lakeville, Mass.) led the way on the women’s side for UMass Dartmouth, as she finished first in the 400 meters (1:03.87) and second in the 200 meters (27.65) at MIT. Junior Caitlyn Demers (Dartmouth, Mass.) won the 200 meters (27.64) while placing fourth in the 400 meters (1:05.86) for the Corsairs, who also received a runner-up finish (2:24.83) in the 800 meters from sophomore Taylor Walsh (Groveland, Mass.) that stands as the fourth fastest in school history.
Freshman Aaidaliz Perez (Hopedale, Mass.) placed sixth in the 60 meter dash (8.26) with the eighth best performance in school history for UMass Dartmouth at the Gordon Kelly Invitational, while junior Danielle Devine (Bernardston, Mass.) was seventh in the high jump (1.50 meters/4 feet, 11 inches) and recorded the fifth fastest 60 meter high hurdles time in Corsair history (10.16). Sophomore Mary Silvia (Raynham, Mass.) posted a ninth place performance in the shot put (10.05 meters/32 feet, 11 ¾ inches) at MIT, while the quartet of senior Ciara Anderson (Medway, Mass.), juniors Victoria Spitaels (West Newton, Mass.) and Ella Rath (Pawcatuck, Conn.), along with freshman Jackie Broderick (Wilmington, Mass.), registered respective 10th place finishes in the mile (6:00.48), 3,000 meters (11:50.03), 800 meters (2:38.86) and 600 meters (1:50.53) at MIT.
Junior Jess O’Reilly (Millis, Mass.) posted the eighth fastest mile mark in UMass Dartmouth history on Friday evening at Boston University, as she recorded a time of 5:16.26 to finish 125th in a field of competitors from all divisions as well as professional runners.
Freshmen Jose LeClerc-Rodriguez (Chelsea, Mass.) and Okan Canaran (Lakeville, Mass.) set the pace on the men’s side for the Corsairs at MIT, as they posted respective second and third finishes in the mile with times of 4:57.01 and 5:12.75. Senior Joao Baptista (Malden, Mass.) placed third in the high jump (1.95 meters/6 feet, 4 ¾ inches) for UMass Dartmouth, which received respective eighth (1:30.07) and ninth (1:32.06) finishing times in the 600 meters from freshman Evan Vasconcellos (Westport, Mass.) and sophomore Tim Chase (Amesbury, Mass.).
Junior Delpiero Beaumont (Dorchester, Mass.) ran the eighth fastest indoor 400 meter time (50.91) for the Corsairs at Boston University, while fellow junior George Papoulis (Haverhill, Mass.) was 24th in a field of 273 competitors in the 800 meters (1:52.44). Senior Alex MacMillan (Brockton, Mass.) finished 64h of 225 runners in the 200 meters (22.44) for UMass Dartmouth, as he combined with Beaumont, Papoulis and sophomore Bruno Pires (New Bedford, Mass.) to record a time of 3:23.72 in the 4 x 400 meter relay that was good for 31st place.
Both UMass Dartmouth squads will compete for their respective Little East Conference and New England Alliance championships next Saturday morning in the 2019 events set to be hosted by Plymouth State beginning at 11:30 am.