By Jonathan Moniz, Staff Writer
This past Saturday, February 11, the track and field team went forth to compete at the Little East Conference and New England Alliance Championships held at the University of Southern Maine.
The men’s track and field team finished fourth and the women’s finished eighth out of the eleven teams gathered there.
The Little East Conference and New England Alliance Championships featured over eleven teams competing, with some coming from universities like Keene State, Fitchburg State, and Worcester State.
The men’s team scored seventy-nine points total, and the women scored forty.
Starting with the 600-meter run, first-year George Papoulis won the race at one minute and twenty seconds. He bettered the record from the previous year by one second and earned the team ten points for the overall match.
For shot put, junior Jared Louf-Woods threw a distance of fifteen meters, earning second behind Worcester State’s Sam Weeks.
Afterwards, Louf-Woods managed to break a personal record with a throw of seventeen meters for weight-throw, earning first amongst LEC competitors.
Senior Sean Herlihy competed in the 5,000 meter run and scored a time of fifteen minutes and forty-one seconds, ranking third in the competition.
For the 4×800-meter relay team, Herlihy helped to finish in sixth with eight minutes and thirty-one seconds.
Joao Baptista, a sophomore, ranked in amongst the top performers for high jump, with 1.99 meters. He was second only to Fitchburg State’s Ben Sattiewhite. In the long jump, Baptista earned a distance of 6.39 meters, taking fourth place. It was his first LEC title for his career.
For the women’s track and field teams, senior Reme DiGiovanni competed in the 1,000 meter run and took first with three minutes and six seconds. She beat out twenty other competitions and then went on to take second for the mile-run, finishing with five minutes and seventeen seconds.
Southern Maine’s Jasmine Boyle was first by less than a second from DiGiovanni.
Junior Raybryana Dasher was in the 400-meter dash, placing second out of the four in the top positions. She crossed the line in fifty-nine seconds, with Keene State’s Katelyn Terry coming in first.
For the 200-meter dash, Alex MacMillan took second place in both the Alliance and the LEC scoring, with a time of twenty-two seconds. Additionally, for the 55-meter dash, he took seventh, scoring in six seconds.
First-year Travis Dolcine competed in the 1,000 meter-dash and took second for the LEC scoring, and finished in third for the Alliance totals. His time was two-minutes and thirty-seven seconds, earning him the scores for the races.
Then with Herlihy, they joined as a team to compete in the 4×800 meter relay and earned sixth place.
For women’s track and field, Caitlyn Demers ranked third and second place in LEC scoring, and as an individual took third. She competed in the 600-meter run for one-minute and forty-one seconds, joining with Dasher, DiGiovanni, and Meaghan Shurtleff.
The track and field teams will be at Tufts University on Friday and Saturday for the Division III Championships.