KINGSTON, R.I. – University of Massachusetts Dartmouth junior Jared Louf-Woods (Salem, Mass.) again reset the program shot put record, while George Papoulis (Haverhill, Mass.) claimed the 400-meter dash at the Coaches Tribute Invite hosted by the University of Rhode Island on Saturday.
Men: 8th of 13 teams (30)
Women: 14th of 14 teams (1)
Louf-Woods eclipsed his own school record for the second time this season in the shot put, tossing 50-8.0 (15.44m) to improve upon the mark of 50-1.75 that he registered in the first meet of the indoor season on Dec. 3. On the meet, he placed third of 21 competitors, bettering several Division I and II competitors in the process. With the new UMass Dartmouth standard, Louf-Woods sits 26th nationally and second in the New England Alliance for the event. Additionally, he earned seventh place in the weight throw with a mark of 54-2.75 (16.52m).
Papoulis finished in the top spot in the 400-meter in his first collegiate meet competing in the event. The freshman bested 25 other runners from all three divisions with a time of 50.51, good for fourth all-time in the UMass Dartmouth record books and tops amongst the New England Alliance heading into next weekend's championship.
On the track, senior Sean Herlihy (Walpole, Mass.) crossed the finish line in 4:32.63 in the mile, besting his previous personal best by three seconds. Sophomore Alex MacMillan (Brockton, Mass.) took fourth in the 200-meter dash, finishing behind three URI runners in 22.86, while Jason Karakaedos (Peabody, Mass.) led a finish of three Corsairs in the top 10 in the 1,000-meter run. Karakaedos placed seventh at 2:37.46, while freshman Travis Dolcine (Somerville, Mass.) took ninth and junior Tyree Gorham (Brockton, Mass.) 10th in 2:38.74 and 2:39.85, respectively.
In the field, sophomore Joao Baptista (Somerville, Mass.) soared to a fourth-place finish in the high jump by clearing 6-4.25 (1.94m) and also ranked in the top 10 in the long jump, marking at 20-3.5 (6.18m) to place ninth.
On the women's side, Raybryana Dasher (New Bedford, Mass.) collected an eighth-place finish out of 18 runners in the 500-meter run, timing n a 1:20.33. In the 1000-meter run, Reme DiGiovanni (Southborough, Mass.) and Kirsten Harnden (Fitchburg, Mass.) both put forward personal bests, running the race in 3:06.88 and 3:17.32, respectively.
The Corsairs will trek to Gorham, Maine on Saturday for the New England Alliance Indoor Track and Field Championships, to be hosted by Southern Maine. The UMass Dartmouth men seek their third Little East Conference indoor title, while the women will be in pursuit of their first.