MIDDLETOWN, Conn. -- Both UMass Dartmouth men’s and women’s indoor track & field teams combined to record 34 top 10 performances in respective competition at the non-scoring Wesleyan Invitational Saturday afternoon at the Freeman Athletic Center.
Senior Alex MacMillan (Brockton, Mass.) led 17 top 10 finishes on the men’s side for the Corsairs by capturing the 60 meter dash in a time of 7.20, while senior Joao Baptista (Malden, Mass.) took top honors in the high jump with a mark of 1.90 meters/6 feet, 2 ¾ inches. Sophomore Bruno Pires (New Bedford, Mass.) ran the third fastest 600 meters in school history with a time of 1:25.44 that was good for second for UMass Dartmouth, which also received a runner-up performance from junior Travis Dolcine (Somerville, Mass.) in the 800 meters (2:04.58).
Freshman Kaiden Swainamer (Lakeville, Mass.) tossed the fourth longest shot put mark in school history (14.74 meters/48 feet, 4 ½ inches) to finish third for the Corsairs, who received third place performances from senior Jason Karakaedos (Peabody, Mass.) in the 1,000 meters (2:45.45) and freshman Steve Stromski (Melrose, Mass.) in the 3,000 meters (8:59.19). Freshman Andrew Swallow (Framingham, Mass.) was fourth in the shot put (13.66 meters/44 feet, 9 ¾ inches) for UMass Dartmouth, which received respective sixth place finishes from MacMillan in the 400 meters (53.34) and Baptista in the long jump (6.10 meters/20 feet, ¼ inch).
Sophomores De’Andre Bennett (Dennis, Mass.) and Joshua Brockman (Fall River, Mass.) recorded ninth place performances on the men’s side in the 200 meters (24.10) and 800 meters (2:26.25) for the Corsairs, who also received ninth place finishes from freshmen Jake Slack (Lakeville, Mass.) and Samir Perez (Lawrence, Mass.) in the triple jump (11.18 meters/36 feet, 8 ¼ inches) and shot put (11.82 meters/38 feet, 9 ½ inches). Sophomore Tim Chase (Amesbury, Mass.) accounted for the final top 10 finish of the day for UMass Dartmouth by placing 10th in the 600 meters (1:31.83).
The Corsair “B” 4 x 400 meter relay quartet of Dolcine, Pires, Karakaedos and Chase finished second with a time of 3:40.28, while the “A” tandem of Brockman, junior Kyle Whalen (Stonington, Conn.), sophomore Corey Moss (Uxbridge, Mass.) and freshman Evan Vasconcellos (Westport, Mass.) placed fifth with a time of 3:48.00.
Junior Ella Rath (Pawcatuck, Conn.) led the way in the women’s competition for UMass Dartmouth, as she placed second in the 800 meters with a time of 2:42.64. Sophomore Taylor Walsh (Groveland, Mass.) placed third in the 600 meters with the eighth fastest time in school history (1:46.50) for the Corsairs, as she added a sixth place finish in the mile (5:34.32). Sophomore Emilea Lauzon (Lakeville, Mass.) was fourth in the 200 meters (27.54) and sixth in the 400 meters (1:04.81) on the day, while junior Jess O’Reilly (Millis, Mass.) was fourth in the mile (5:27.26) and seventh in the 600 meters (1:47.64).
Junior MacKenzie Garvey (Plymouth, Mass.) placed fourth in the shot put (11.58 meters/38 feet) and eighth in the weight throw (11.31 meters/37 feet, 1 ¼ inches) for the Corsairs, who received a trio of top nine finishes from junior Danielle Devine (Bernardston, Mass.) in the triple jump (9.52 meters/31 feet, 3 inches/5th), 60 meter high hurdles (10.38/6th) and high jump (1.50 meters, 11 feet/9th). Junior Victoria Spitaels (West Newton, Mass.) and sophomore Allison Leal (Lincoln, R.I.) recorded a pair of sixth place performances in the 5,000 meters (20:28.11) and 800 meters (3:03.34).
Senior Ciara Anderson (Medway, Mass.) notched a seventh place finish in the 5,000 meters (20:33.89) for UMass Dartmouth, which received an eighth place performance from junior Caitlyn Demers (Dartmouth, Mass.) in the 400 meters (1:05.66) and a 10th place finish in the shot put from sophomore Mary Silvia (Raynham, Mass.).
Both UMass Dartmouth teams return to action next weekend by competing at both the MIT Gordon Kelly Invitational and Boston University David Hemery Valentine Invitational.