Baker Leads WPI Men's Track and Field to 36th Straight Worcester City Meet Crown

Jeff Baker

Worcester, MA --- Senior Jeff Baker (Wallingford, CT) won a pair of throwing events to help lift the WPI Men's Track and Field team to its 36th consecutive Worcester City Meet title at Worcester State on Saturday.  The Engineers amassed 246 points to outdistance second place Worcester State (208) and third place Fitchburg State (140) in the six-team event.

Baker, who qualified for the NCAA championships at this meet the last three years in the javelin, added a new twist this year with a NCAA provisional mark of 176-2 en route to winning the hammer throw.  Teammate Chris Farren (Plaistow, NH) placed second with a heave of 156-3. Baker captured his fourth straight city title and invites to the ECAC and Division III New England Championship meets in the javelin with a toss of 186-11.  The senior continued his strong performance with a second place showing in the discus (129-4) and a fourth place finish in the shot put (41-3.25).

Five other WPI athletes earned first place finishes on Saturday. Matija Zelic (Westboro, MA) and Edmund Eduah (Accra, Ghana) combined to take both of the jumping titles.  Zalic leapt 20-5 to take the long jump while Eduah registered a distance of  40-8.25 to claim the triple jump.  Shane Ruddy (Seneca Falls, NY) won the 3000 meter steeplechase in a time of 10:27.1, while Tim Forrest (Madison, CT) placed first in the 110 meter hurdles (16.44) for a spot in the Division III New England meet and Daniel Ritchie (Pepperell MA) claimed gold in the 10,000 meters with a time of 35:19.89.

Seven others posted second place finishes for the Engineers including Forrest in the long jump (19-5.50), Drew Martin (Hingham, MA) in the triple jump (38-9.75), Steve Madamba (West Springfield, MA) in the high jump (5-9.25), Keegan Westwater (North Andover MA) in the 1500 meters (4:27.11), Stephen Kocienski (Schaghticoke, NY) in the 400 (50.29), Matt Whitman (Holden, MA) in the 100 (11.38) and Lane Thornton (Richmond, VT) in the 5000 (16:23.79).  The 4x400 meter relay team of Madamba, Greg McConnell (Georgia, VT), Josh Matte (Litchfield, NH) and Ed Mercer (Barrington, RI) also took home silver with a time of 3:43.38.

Six different WPI athletes chalked up third-place finishes.  The sextet included Gary Feldman (Ellington, CT) in the discus (117-9), Brian Goodman (Colonie, NY) in the steeplechase (10:57.7), Martin in the 100 meter hurdles (17.86), Matte in the 400 meter hurdles, Kyle Morette (Leominster, MA) in the 200 meters and Todd Alexander (Foxboro, MA) in the 5000. (16:28.13).

The Engineers are back on the track next weekend when they face MIT and Rensselaer in the Engineers Cup in Cambridge, MA.

Editor's note: Unattached athletes are removed for placing and scoring purposes