NEW ORLEANS – For the first time on his career, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth senior Jared Louf-Woods (Salem, Mass.) was recognized by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) as the Division III Men’s Athlete of the Week.
The national accolade was awarded to Louf-Woods on Tuesday following his performance at the Tufts Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 13. At the meet, he re-set his own UMass Dartmouth indoor record in the weight throw, earning the event win with a distance of 61-9.5 (18.83m). The school standard performance was the second in as many meets for Louf-Woods, as he previously set the Corsair record at the UMass Boston Invitational on Dec. 2. That mark currently sits atop the national Division III rankings by nearly four inches, just ahead of Worcester State’s Marcus Vieira. The New England duo owns the only two marks above 61 feet so far on the season.
Louf-Woods additionally earned third place on Saturday in the shot put at 47-10.5 (14.59m) and is ranked 30th nationally with his December mark of 48-4.75 (14.75m). The senior is well on his way to his first NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championship appearance, following his debut last spring in the hammer throw at the 2017 Outdoor Championships.
UMass Dartmouth’s indoor season continues this coming Saturday, Jan. 20, with the Corsairs traveling to Springfield College’s Maroon & White Classic.