NORTHAMPTON, Mass. -- Both UMass Dartmouth indoor track & field squad combined to record a pair of top 11 finishes at the Smith Pioneer Invitational on Saturday afternoon, as the Corsair men placed fifth of 13 teams while the Corsair women finished 11th among 15 entrants in the competition.
Seniors Alex MacMillan (Brockton, Mass.) and Joao Baptista (Malden, Mass.) set the pace on the men’s side for UMass Dartmouth, as MacMillan took top honors in the 200 meters (22.80) while adding a fifth place performance in the 60 meter dash (7.11, the fifth fastest time in school history). Baptista captured the high jump (1.95 meters/6 feet, 4 ¾ inches) and posted a fifth place finish in the long jump (6.18 meters/20 feet, 3 ½ inches) for the Corsairs, who received a third place performance in the 600 meters (1:25.72) from senior Mike Tierney (Norton, Mass.).
Freshman Andrew Swallow (Framingham, Mass.) notched a third place finish and registered the sixth best indoor mark in school history in the shot put (14.29 meters/46 feet, 10 ¾ inches) for UMass Dartmouth, which received a fourth place finish in the 800 meters (1:58.91) from sophomore Bruno Pires (New Bedford, Mass.). Freshman Evan Vasconcellos (Westport, Mass.) and junior Delpiero Beaumont (Dorchester, Mass.) ran respective sixth and eighth place times of 1:28.74 and 1.29:26 in the 600 meters for the Corsairs, who also received respective sixth place performances in the high jump (1.75 meters/5 feet, 8 ¾ inches) from sophomore Tim Chase (Amesbury, Mass.) and in the mile from freshman Steve Stromski (Melrose, Mass.).
Freshman Kaiden Swainamer (Lakeville, Mass.) and junior Mayse Dias (New Bedford, Mass.) recorded respective seventh (12.69 meters/41 feet, 7 ¾ inches) and eighth (12.12 meters/39 feet, 9 ¼ inches) place finishes in the shot put for UMass Dartmouth, which received a winning performance in the 4 x 400 meter relay from the quartet of Tierney, Beaumont, Vasconcellos and MacMillan with a time of 3:31.65. The Corsairs posted a total of 67 points in the competition, as Trinity took top honors with 111 points to outdistance runner-up Worcester State (77.50) and third place Eastern Connecticut (74).
Junior Jess O’Reilly (Millis, Mass.) led the way on the women’s side for UMass Dartmouth, as she finished fourth in the mile with a time of 5:32.25. Freshman Aaidaliz Perez (Hopedale, Mass.) added a fifth place performance (4.85 meters/15 feet, 11 inches) in the long jump for the Corsairs, who received a seventh place finish in the 800 meters (2:31.95) from sophomore Taylor Walsh (Groveland, Mass.).
The women’s 4 x 400 relay tandem consisting of Walsh, juniors Ella Rath (Pawcatuck, Conn.) and Caitlyn Demers (Dartmouth, Mass.) along with sophomore Emilea Lauzon (Lakeville, Mass.), finished third with a time of 4:23.94, while the 4 x 200 meter relay quartet of Perez, Lauzon, Demers and junior Moniyah Johnson (Providence, R.I.) posted a fifth place performance in a time of 1:53.07. The Corsairs collected 22 points overall on the day, as Springfield edged out Rhode Island College (100.75/100) for the top spot and Westfield State (63) grabbed third place honors.
Both UMass Dartmouth teams return to action next weekend by competing at the Boston University John Thomas Invitational, with competition beginning on Friday at Noon.