NEW ORLEANS – The UMass Dartmouth men's track & field program had three New England Region major award winners for the 2018 outdoor season as announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Senior Jared Louf-Woods (Salem, Mass.) was named the New England Men's Field Athlete of the Year, while Corsairs' head coach Steve Gardiner and assistant coach Shay Austin-Leary were named New England Region Men's Coach and Men's Assistant Coach of the Year, respectively.
Louf-Woods, who was additionally named the 2018 Little East Conference (LEC) Men's Field Athlete of the Year, enters the 2018 NCAA Outdoor Championships ranked in the top-five nationally in the hammer (62.45m) and shot put (16.81m). He won both events at the LEC/New England Alliance Championships while setting a new meet record in the shot put. The nine-time LEC champion held the No. 1 mark in the hammer until this past weekend following his throw at Bryant's Black & Gold Invitational at the beginning of the season.
Now in his 10th season, Gardiner led UMass Dartmouth to a second-place finish at the LEC and Alliance Championships on the strength of individual wins in seven events. The team ranks eighth nationally after a strong third-place finish at the Division III New England Championships and a fourth-place finish at the NEICAAA Championships. The Corsairs have a total of athletes competing at this weekend's NCAA Outdoor Championships, two of whom hold top-five national rankings in their respective events.
Austin-Leary, who is in her first season as coach of the shot put, discus, and javelin for the Corsairs, will have Louf-Woods in the shot put, and Steve Tencati and Jordan Entwistle entered in the javelin for the 2018 NCAA Outdoor Championships. School records were broken in all three throws events this season, and her javelin four-man squad all finished the season in the top 50 nationally and No. 1 in the final Event Squad rankings by a cumulative distance of 60 feet.
The NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships take place May 24-26 in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Live coverage of the championships can be found on NCAA.com.