WALTHAM, Mass. -- Both UMass Dartmouth indoor track & field teams began their respective seasons with strong performances at the Brandeis Reggie Poyau Invitational on Saturday afternoon, as the Corsair men placed fifth and the Corsair women’s finished sixth among 12 teams competing at the Gosman Sports Center.
Senior All-America George Papoulis (Haverhill, Mass.) picked up where he left off in the spring on the men’s side for UMass Dartmouth, as he took top honors in the 600 meters (1:22.35). Sophomore Andrew Swallow (Framingham, Mass.) collected a victory in the shot put (14.99 meters/49 feet, 2 ¼ inches) for the fourth best indoor mark in school history for the Corsairs, who received a runner-up performance in the 5,000 meters (18:14.69) from sophomore Okan Canaran (Lakeville, Mass.).
Freshman Cameron Rodgers (Fall River, Mass.) shined in his collegiate debut by posting a pair of third place finishes in the 60 meter hurdles (8.72) and high jump (1.90 meters/6 feet, 2 ¾ inches) in the competition, while sophomore Edward Lundy (Lawrence, Mass.) registered a third place performance in the 60 meters (7.19) for UMass Dartmouth. Sophomore Paul Souza (Swansea, Mass.) posted a fourth place finish in the weight throw with the 10th best mark (13.42 meters/44 feet, ½ inch) for the Corsairs, who saw the tandem of Rodgers, Papoulis, sophomore Curtis Melo (Westport, Mass.) and freshman Stewart Griffin (Brookline, Mass.) record a second place performance in the 4 x 400 meter relay with a time of 3:31.83. Merrimack took top honors in the final team standings with a score of 158 points, as the Warriors bested runner-up Brandeis (83) and third place Assumption (75).
Junior Taylor Walsh (Groveland, Mass.) led the way in the women’s competition with a second place finish in the 800 meters (2:27.47) for UMass Dartmouth, which also received a fourth place performance from sophomore Jackie Broderick (Wilmington, Mass.) in the event. Senior Jess O’Reilly (Millis, Mass.) was fourth in the mile (5:33.15) for the Corsairs, while senior MacKenzie Garvey (Plymouth, Mass.) was fourth in both the shot put (11.28 meters/37 feet, ¼ inch) and weight throw (12.05 meters/39 feet, 6 ½ inches), with the latter mark being the 10th best in school history.
Senior Ella Rath (Pawcatuck, Conn.) placed fifth in the 600 meters (1:48.30) on the day for UMass Dartmouth, which received a sixth place performance in the high jump (1.46 meters/4 feet, 9 ½ inches) from freshman Hannah Sevene (Haverhill, Mass.). The Corsair 4 x 400 meter relay quartet of Rath, Walsh, sophomore Lillian Perkins-Reisdorff (Hanson, Mass.) and freshman McKenzie Canuel (Dartmouth, Mass.) finished fifth with a time of 4:26.52, as Assumption copped the team crown with a score of 147 points to best runner-up Brandeis (97) and third place Southern Maine (69) in the final standings.
Both UMass Dartmouth squads will travel to Medford, Mass. next Saturday morning to compete at the Tufts Invitational.