HARTFORD, Conn. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's and women's track and field team continues to impress during the outdoor season as the podium at Trinity College's Invitational was frequented by Corsairs all day on Saturday.
On the Track
On the women's side of the event, the Corsairs enjoyed five top-three finishes. In relays, the 4x400 team of Emilea Lauzon (Lakeville, Mass.), Taryn Carley (Kingston, Mass.), Taylor Walsh (Groveland, Mass.), and Raybrana Dasher (New Bedford, Mass.) raced to a second-place time of 4:15.288. In the 4x100, Gelynne Beger (Somerville, Mass.) joined Dasher, Carley, and Lauzon as the team came in third at 51.25.
From relays to individual races, Dasher finished second in the 400-meter with her time of 59.74 while Lazon came in third during the same event at 1:00.27. Sophomore Danielle Devine (Bernardston, Mass.) rounded out the top-three finishers from the track with her 17.62 time in the 100-meter hurdles.
For the men, six ended their event with the top-spot, starting with relays with a pair of team victories. In the 4x100, Andrew Farias (Somerset, Mass.), Delpiero Beaumont (Dorchester, Mass.), Kyle Whalen (Stonington, Conn.), and Alex MacMillan (Brockton, Mass.) recorded a time of 43.74 to lead the pack. In the 4x400, Travis Dolcine (Somerville, Mass.), Tyree Gorham (Brockton, Mass.), George Papoulis (Haverhill, Mass.) and Beaumont came out with a 3:25.72 time for a first-place mark while the second team of Alex MacMillan (Brockton, Mass.), Moisse Irizarry (Peabody, Mass.), Corey Moss (Uxbridge, Mass.) and Tim Chase (Amesbury, Mass.) finished third in the same event.
Of the relay competitors, Papoulis earned a top-finish in the 400-meter at 49.57 while MacMillan and Irizarry each paced the field in the 200-meter and 110-meter hurdles respectively. Freshman Bruno Pires (New Bedford, Mass.) rounded out the list of first-place finishers on the track, tripping the timer at 1:54.57 in the 800-meter. MacMillan and Papoulis placed in the 100-meter and 200-meter respectively at 11.16 and 22.94 while Beaumont and Gorham finished third in the 400-meter and 800-meter to continue the podium-trends.
In the Field
The winning ways spilled into the field events as the men and women's team had 13 top-three finishers between the two squads.
For the men, the most noticeable group performance came from the javelin members as the Corsairs logged four of the top-five distances. Stephen Tencati (Clinton, Mass.) led the way with his toss of 57.56m (188-84) while John Kleczkowski (North Attleboro, Mass.) was right beside him on the podium with a second-place mark of 50.68m (166-27). MacMillan and Mike Volkmann (Taunton, Mass.) came in at fourth and fifth with distances of 46.80m (153-54) and 45.06m (147-83).
Jared Louf-Woods (Salem, Mass.) and John Sagun (Brockton, Mass.) each earned field victories as well with Louf-Woods capturing the top spot in the shot put at 15.51m (50-88) while leading the field in the hammer throw at 58.03m (190-38). Sagun earned the victory in the discus with his mark of 43.03m (141-17) and trailed his throwing teammate in the shot put and hammer throw with second and third place marks in the events.
Joao Baptista (Medford, Mass.) came away with a pair of first-place victories as he cleared the bar at 1.98m (6.4) in the high-jump before leaping to a length of 6.14m (20.1) in the long jump. Pires made his debut in the pole vault and came in third with a height of 3.19m (10.46) while Irizarry finished second in the triple jump with his distance of 12.49m (40-97).
For the women, Madison Boucher (Southampton, Mass.) led the way in field events with her second-place mark of 38.79m (127-26) in the hammer throw. Mackenzie Garvey (Plymouth, Mass.) capped off the successful meet as she finished third in the shot put at 11.62m (38-12).
The Corsairs will take the week to ready for the Little East Conference/Alliance Championships as it looks to continue the noteworthy performances on April 28 at Bridgewater State.