SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth track and field teams competed in the New England Division III Championships on Saturday as the men competed at Middlebury College while the women were at Springfield College.
On the Track
For the men, freshman Moisse Irizarry (Peabody, Mass.) was the lone Corsair on the track to earn a spot on the podium as propelled to a third-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles at 8.44 seconds, missing the top-spot by two-tenths of a second. George Papoulis (Haverhill, Mass.) logged a sixth-place time of 1:55.76 in the 800-meter while sophomore Travis Dolcine (Somerville, Mass.) raced to an eighth-place finish in the 1000-meter as he crossed the line at 2:35.1. Freshman Bruno Pires (New Bedford, Mass.) etched his name in the 9th spot in indoor-program history for the 800-meter with his time of 1:57.54, finishing 12th in the race. Junior Alex MacMillan (Brockton, Mass.) logged a 23.01 second finish in the 200-meter dash, coming in fractions away from a podium spot with his 14th place completion.
At Springfield College for the women, Taylor Walsh (Groveland, Mass.) posted a new personal-best in the 1000-meter run, narrowly besting her LEC championship time from a week ago as she finished 15th at 3:08.16.
In the Field
The UMass Dartmouth throwers continued on their solid seasons. After fouling out of the shot put, senior Jared Louf-Woods (Salem, Mass.) earned a first-place finish in the weight throw as he tossed a distance of 19.14 meters (62-09.50) to defeat the next closest competitor by over two feet. In Springfield, sophomore Mackenzie Garvey (Plymouth, Mass.) was in contention for a medal spot, but fell to fifth-place as her furthest distance of 11.60 meters (38-00.75) was two feet shy of third in the event.
Junior Joao Baptista (Medford, Mass.) nabbed a bronze in the high-jump despite leaping below his season-best, as he hoovered in the top of the field with his height of 1.96 meters (6-05.00). Irizarry came in ninth place in the same event with his height of 1.9 meters (6-03.00)
The indoor season continues to dwindle down with the final opportunity qualify for the nationally coming on March 2 and 3 at Tufts University in the Last Chance Qualifier, before eligible athletes head to Birmingham, Alabama for the NCAA DIII Indoor Championships on March 10.