ROXBURY, Mass. – In the first meet of the 2017-18 indoor season, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's track and field programs were led by two event wins from senior Jared Louf-Woods (Salem, Mass.), who set a new school record in the weight throw. The Corsairs closed with 12 top-10 finishes at UMass Boston's Indoor Open at the Reggie Lewis Center.
Louf-Woods captured both the UMass Dartmouth record and meet record in the weight throw, hurling a distance of 59-6.25 (18.14m) to top the field of 13. His mark surpasses the previous school record of 58-7.5 set by Robert Yarbough in 2012, and easily outdid the meet record of 59-1. Louf-Woods now holds both Corsair indoor throwing records, as he set the shot put standard last season. Later in the day, he captured that event at 48-4.75 (14.75m).
An additional meet record was claimed by sophomore George Papoulis (Neapoli, Greece), who ran to victory in the 500-meter run in 1:04.60. That time topped the previous meet record of 1:06.80 by Tyler Moules of Stonehill, set in 2013, and fell just short one-tenth of a second short of the school record owned by Matt Hinthorne (1:04.50).
In the women's competition, freshman Taylor Walsh (Groveland, Mass.) and sophomore MacKenzie Garvey (Plymouth, Mass.) both put forth career-best performances in their first meet of the season. Walsh was one of the Corsairs' top individual finishers, placing second of 17 in the 1000-meter run in 3:15.18. Garvey measured a distance of 36-4.75 in the shot put, taking sixth in the sizeable field of 43.
Another freshman, Moisse Irizarry (Peabody, Mass.), registered a personal-best time in the men's 400-meter dash, taking 11th out of 58 in his first collegiate race with a time of 51.92.
Top 10 Finishes
Senior Raybryana Dasher (New Bedford, Mass.) picked up where she left off in the 400-meter dash last season. With a time of 59.68, she took second of 20 in the event and was one of just two to time in under a minute. She additionally picked up ninth overall in the 200-meter dash, tripping the timer at 26.87.
The Corsair men collected two top-10 finishes in both the mile and the 1000-meter run, led by freshman Bruno Pires' (New Bedford, Mass.) second-place time of 4:25.74 out of 47 runners in the mile. Close behind was sophomore Travis Dolcine (Somerville, Mass.), who crossed the line seventh in 4:31.37. In the 1000, freshman Brandon DeSilva (Brockton, Mass.) took fifth with a performance of 2:44.25, followed by senior Tyree Gorham (Brockton, Mass.) in ninth at 2:46.92.
Wrapping up the top-five Corsair runs was junior Jason Karakaedos (Peabody, Mass.), who put forth a strong second-place finish of 32 in the 3000-meter run in 8:56.60.
The Corsairs break from competition until the new year when they travel to the Tufts Invitational in Medford, Mass. on Saturday, Jan. 13.