DARTMOUTH, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's and women's track and field teams enjoyed a successful weekend as it hosted the Corsair Classic, with the women's and men's squads finishing in first-place for the event.
The successful day was highlighted by a plethora of top-finishers, as the team's combined for 14 first-place results.
On the track for the men's side, Alex MacMillan (Brockton, Mass.) finished just ahead of his teammate DJ Machado (Swansea, Mass.) in the 200-meter, tripping the timer at 22.55 in the 200-meter. Sophomore George Papoulis (Haverhill, Mass.) recorded a 50.50 time to lead the pack in the 400-meter. The freshman tandem of Moisse Irizarry (Peabody, Mass.) and Bruno Pires (New Bedford, Mass.) had the fastest time in the 110-meter hurdles and 3000-meter steeplechase with respective 15.10 and 9:35.11 times.
For the women, Taryn Carley (Kingston, Mass.) came ahead of her teammates in the 100-meter dash as she raced to a 12.94 finish. Raybryana Dasher (New Bedford, Mass.) did the same in the 200-meter and the 400-meter with first-place times of 26.61 and 1:00.39. Jessica O'Reilly (Millis, Mass.) was the first to cross the finish line in the 5000 meters with her mark of 19:12.03.
The 4x100-meter relay team of Mary Okyere, Emilea Lauzon (Lakeville, Mass.), Gelynne Berger (Somerville, Mass.) and Carley trumped the field with their time of 50:54 while the 4x400 relay team of Taylor Walsh (Groveland, Mass.), Lauzon, Carley, and Dasher finished at 4:14.16
Victories continued on the field side of things as Jared Louf-Woods (Salem, Mass.) captured top-finishes in the shot put with his distance of 15.77m (51-09) and the hammer throw at 62.01m (203-05). Junior John Sagun (Brockton, Mass.) took his first event win of the year in the discus with his mark of 41.28m (135-05). Steve Tencati (Clinton, Mass.) finished ahead of the field in the javelin as he speared a distance of 55-06m (180-08).
On the track for the women, Lauzon (13.11) and Berger (13.22) finished in second and third place for the 100-meter dash while Lauzon (26.84) and Carley (27.43) did the same in the 200-meter. Walsh ended the 1500-meter in second place, clocking in at 5:11.04.
For the men, Machado and Papoulis came in second and third in a close race during the 200-meter, finishing with respective times of 22.83 and 22.90. Travis Dolcine (Somerville, Mass.) and Delpiero Beaumont (Dorchester, Mass.) each finished second in their respective races, as Dolcine clocked in at 4:19.09 in the 1500-meter while Beaumont finished the 400-meter at 1:01.47. The 4x400 relay team of Dolcine, Beaumont, Papoulis, and Irizarry came in third with a time of 3:41.11.
In the field, Joao Baptista (Medford, Mass.) cleared the bar at 1.88m (6-02) in the high jump to give him a second-place height while John Kleczkowski (North Attleboro, Mass.) trailed his teammate in the hammer throw with a mark of 38.62m (125-08). Danielle Devine (Bernardston, Mass.) finished second in the high jump as she leaped over the bar at 1.44m (4-08.75) while McKenzie Garvey (Plymouth, Mass.) had the same result in the shot put at 10.82m (35-06). Madison Boucher (Southhampton, Mass.) finished second in the hammer throw at 38.10m (125-00) and Carley completed her busy day with a second-place javelin toss of 38-71m (127-00).
Inside the Performances
- Pires broke a Cape Verdean national record in the 3000-meter steeplechase with his first-place time of 9:35.11.
- Irizarry ran the 5th fastest 100-meter hurdles time in program history, winning the event by .01 seconds.
- Carley moved up to 6 in the program for the javelin as she recorded a distance of 127 ft.
- The men captured eight events in total while the women came away with six victories and seven-second place finishes.
The Corsairs return to the track on Saturday, April 14 when the team's head to Westfield State for the Jerry Gravel Invitational.