WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – Six University of Massachusetts Dartmouth outdoor track and field athletes competed amongst New England's best over the weekend, highlighted by junior Raybryana Dasher's (New Bedford, Mass.) record-breaking performance in the 400-meter dash at the NEICAAA Open New England Championships, hosted by Williams College.
Men's Score: 33rd (2 Points) of 36 teams
Women's Score: No Team Scoring
For the second-straight week, Dasher rewrote the program standard in her event. In Friday's preliminaries of the 400, she timed in at 57.44 to better her own school record of 57.95. Both performances were set on the Williams track, as the Corsairs competed last weekend at the New England Division III Championships. Dasher finished 13th overall in the preliminary field of 29.
Dasher later competed in the 200-meter dash, taking 23rd in the preliminaries at 25.91.
In the Field
Sophomore Joao Baptista (Somerville, Mass.) was the lone team scorer for UMass Dartmouth on the meet, competing in the high jump. By clearing 6-5 (1.96m), Baptista took seventh to gather a pair of points.
Qualifying in two events was junior Jared Louf-Woods (Salem, Mass.), taking to the field in both the shot put and the hammer throw. On Friday, Louf-Woods narrowly missed the cut for finals in the hammer, taking 10th at 176-01 (53.68m) in the field of 21. He then was not able to register an official throw in the shot on Saturday due to fouls.
In the javelin, sophomore Steve Tencati (Clinton, Mass.) launched a distance of 190-11 (58.20m) on Friday to secure 11th place of 21. Despite the comparatively low mark to his season-best, Tencati still sits squarely in the national picture as the fifth-ranked javelin thrower in Division III.
On the Track
Joining Dasher in the track events was freshman George Papoulis (Haverhill, Mass.) in the 800-meter run on the men's side. Papoulis finished 11th in 1:52.43 for his best time in the event yet during both the indoor and outdoor seasons, shaving nearly a full second off his previous best. The mark moves him in contention for national qualification with the 27th best time in the country.
Three Corsairs, including Tencati, Louf-Woods and Papoulis, are in contention for qualification for the 2017 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships heading into the final week of the season. UMass Dartmouth will send several competitors to MIT's Last Chance Qualifier this coming Thursday and Friday.