Geneva, Ohio -- UMass Dartmouth junior George Papoulis (Haverhill, Mass./Haverhill) earned his second All-America honor of the academic year on Saturday afternoon, as he finished eighth in the 800 meter finals at the 2019 NCAA Division III Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Championships at the SPIRE Institute.
Papoulis, the national runner-up in the indoor 800 meters that took place at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston last March, posted a time of 1:53.65 to clinch the eighth and final All-American position in the race. Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s Tyler Lueck completed a sweep of both the indoor and outdoor 800 meter crowns by taking top honors with a time of 1:51.94.
Papoulis, who posted the fifth fastest qualifying time in the nation heading into the championships, has now earned three total All-American awards over the last two years alone, as he also collected the honor in the 2018 indoor 800 meters. George was looking to join fellow junior Jordan Entwistle (Northboro, Mass./Algonquin Regional) as a 2019 national champion, as Entwistle claimed the javelin crown with a mark of 64.27 meters/210 feet, 10 ½ inches on Thursday evening. Senior Steve Tencati (Clinton, Mass./Clinton) narrowly missed earning All-American honors in the javelin with a ninth place individual finish.
UMass Dartmouth was tied for 14th place among 67 teams competing at this year’s NCAA Championships following the completion of the 800 meters, as the 15th-ranked Corsairs amassed 11 total points.