Dartmouth, Mass. -- Three members of the 13th-ranked UMass Dartmouth men’s outdoor track & field team have been selected to compete at the 2019 NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships that begin on Thursday, May 23rd and continue through Saturday, May 25th at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio. The University of Mount Union will serve as the host institution for this year’s event.
Junior All-American Jordan Entwistle (Northboro, Mass./Algonquin Regional) is the top national seed in the javelin, as the reigning Little East Conference, New England Division III & Open New England champion registered a personal best mark of 66.47 meters/218 feet, 1 inch last Friday afternoon at the NEICAAA Championships hosted by Southern Connecticut. The 2019 Little East Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year, Jordan is looking to build upon his fourth place finish at last year’s NCAA Championships, where he posted a mark of 66.17 meters/213 feet, 9 ¾ inches en route to earning All-America accolades.
Senior Steve Tencati (Clinton, Mass./Clinton) is just behind Entwistle in the national javelin seedings at the number four spot, as his qualifying mark of 62.39 meters/204 feet, 8 inches was set in the season-opening Corsair Classic back on March 30th. A three-time USTFCCCA All-New England honoree, Steve is looking to become the sixth student-athlete in school history to earn All-America honors.
The third member of the Corsair qualifying trio is no stranger to the NCAA Championships, as junior All-American George Papoulis (Haverhill, Mass./Haverhill) is seeded fifth in the 800 meters with a time of 1:51.12. George, who earned national runner-up honors at the NCAA Indoor Championships in March at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston, is looking to cap an amazing overall campaign that saw him earn Little East Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year accolades last week for first year Head Coach Mike Salem.
Entwistle and Tencati will compete for the national javelin title on Thursday afternoon beginning at 5:00 pm EDT, while Papoulis will participate in the 800 meter preliminaries on Friday at 4:00 pm EDT. Links to live stats, video, directions and ticket information are available at www.corsairathletics.com, and updates will also be available throughout the 2019 NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships at www.ncaa.com.