FITCHBURG, Mass. -- Five individuals and one relay team captured respective league titles for the UMass Dartmouth outdoor track & field squads at the 2019 Little East Conference Championships on Saturday afternoon, as the 21st-ranked Corsair men finished as the runner-up while the Corsair women placed sixth in the competition.
Junior Jordan Entwistle (Northboro, Mass.) captured the men’s javelin crown by nearly three meters over his nearest competitor, as the UMass Dartmouth All-American registered a mark of 62.93 meters/206 feet, 5 inches in the event. Senior Joao Baptista (Malden, Mass.) claimed the Little East high jump title with a mark of 2.01 meters/6 feet, 7 inches, while junior All-American George Papoulis (Haverhill, Mass.) bested Southern Maine’s Zach Hoyle once again in the 800 meters, this time by a full second with a time of 1:54.43.
Freshman Andrew Swallow (Framingham, Mass.) completed a season sweep of the conference shot put title, as after taking top honors in the indoor championships at Plymouth State in February, he captured the outdoor crown with a mark of 14.77 meters/48 feet, 5 ½ inches (the fifth best in school history). The Corsair 4 x 800 meter relay quartet of Papoulis, senior Jason Karakaedos (Peabody, Mass.), junior Travis Dolcine (Somerville, Mass.) and sophomore Bruno Pires (New Bedford, Mass.) rounded out the list of men’s champions for UMass Dartmouth, as the tandem took top honors in the race with a time of 8:11.67.
Additionally, four individuals earned second team all-Little East accolades in the men’s competition, as Karakaedos and Pires posted respective runner-up finishes in the 1,500 meters (4:13.44) and 3,000 meter steeplechase (9:39.51). Senior Mike Tierney (Norton, Mass.) was the runner-up in the 400 meter high hurdles (55.98) for the Corsairs, who also received a second place performance from freshman Steve Stromski (Melrose, Mass.) in the 5,000 meters (15:58.00). The 4 x 100 meter relay quartet of Papoulis, junior Kyle Whalen (Stonington, Conn.), sophomore DJ Machado (Swansea, Mass.) and freshman Edward Lundy (Lawrence, Mass.) placed second with a time of 43.57. Southern Maine took top honors in the Little East Championships with a score of 169 points, as the Corsairs (122) topped third place Eastern Connecticut (93) for the runner-up position.
Junior Danielle Devine (Bernardston, Mass.) made it a clean sweep for the Corsairs in the high jump on the women’s side, as she earned the conference title in the event with a mark of 1.55 meters/5 feet, 1 inch. Junior MacKenzie Garvey (Plymouth, Mass.) and sophomore Taylor Walsh (Groveland, Mass.) captured second team all-Little East honors in their respective events, as Garvey was second in the shot put (11.73 meters/38 feet, 6 inches) while Walsh was the runner-up in the 800 meters (2:26.52). Rhode Island College claimed the Little East team title with 183 points, as the Anchorwomen bested runner-up Keene State (142) and third place Eastern Connecticut (112) for the crown.
UMass Dartmouth posted a fourth place men’s finish and a ninth place women’s standing in the 2019 New England Alliance Championships, which combines competition between members of the Little East and the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference. Bridgewater State won the Alliance men’s title, while Rhode Island College also claimed the Alliance women’s championship.
Both UMass Dartmouth teams will compete next weekend at the New England Division III Championships hosted by Williams.