PAWTUCKET, R.I. - The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's track & field team ran away with a trio of accolades following a successful weekend at the Little East Conference/New England Alliance Championships, with members of the team being named field athlete of the week, field rookie of the week, and relay team of the week as announced by the league office Monday.
Senior Jared Louf-Woods (Salem, Mass.) continued his reign as Div. III's top-thrower and toppled even more of his own school-records in the process. In the shot put the upperclassmen reeled in both the LEC and Alliance first-place medals, setting school and meet records with his throw of 16.23m (53-3) while besting the rest of the field by six feet. In the weight throw, he duplicated what he had done in the shot put, posting all-time marks for the program and the meet when he launched his record-setting distance of 19.23m (63-1.25). Louf-Woods ranks atop the country for the weight-throw and improved 14 spots in the rankings for the shot put, now slotting in at ninth in the nation.
Freshman Moisse Iziarry (Peabody, Mass.) showed his dynamism in track & field, taking rookie field athlete of the week seven days after earning track rookie of the week. At the LEC/Alliance championships, the newcomer finished in first place for the high jump with his height of 1.98m (6-06), edging out teammate Joao Baptista (Medford, Mass.) based on attempts at the bar. He also posted a third place finish in the triple jump as he leaped to a personal-best of 13.34m (43-9.25). On the track, he positioned himself with the second-quickest 60-meter hurdles time in school history, winning both championships with a time of 8.52 seconds, and leaving him one-tenth of a second from top-15 in the nation.
In the relay portion of the weekend meet, Travis Dolcine (Somerville, Mass.), Tyree Gorham (Brockton, Mass.), Bruno Pires (New Bedford, Mass.) and George Papoulis (Haverhill, Mass.) all scored individually, but came together for the 4x800-meter as they won the LEC and Alliance championships, overlapping opponents to clock in with a time of 8:12.06.
The indoor track & field season continues to dwindle down as the men's team heads to Middlebury College on February 16th and 17th for the New England Div. III Championships, with the final chance for athletes to punch their ticket to NCAA Div. III National Championship coming the following week at Tufts University.