Men’s Track and Field Finishes Third at Engineers Cup

Josh Matte

Cambridge, MA --- For the second week in a row, Jeff Baker (Wallingford, CT) posted an NCAA provisional qualifying effort as WPI Men's Outdoor Track and Field finished third in the annual Engineers Cup at MIT on Saturday. The hosts won the meet with 180 points and Rensselaer came in second with 158.5 points, while the Crimson and Gray earned 66.5 points.

Baker won the javelin with a toss of 194-11 to provisionally qualify for the NCAA Championship meet for the fourth time in the event. The senior also finished third in the hammer throw with a heave of 174-11. 

Joining Baker in the hammer throw were Chris Farren (Plaistow, NH) and Gary Feldman (Ellington, CT) as they posted fifth and sixth place performances with distances of 156-9 and 145-0, respectively. Farren would also finish fourth in the discus (119-3) and fifth in the shot put (42-6).

Sophomores Stephen Kocienski (Schaghticoke, NY) won the 400-meter dash in 50.42 and Ryan Shooshan (Paxton, MA) grabbed points for WPI with a sixth place showing (52.41).

The 4x400-meter relay team of Kocienski, Josh Matte (Litchfield, NH), Shooshan and Kyle Morette (Leominster, MA) teamed up to win the race with a time of 3:26.08. Saul Garcia (Boston, MA), Steven Madamba (West Springfield, MA), Edmund Eduah (Accra, Ghana) and Ditton Kawalya (Kanbala, Uganda) ran a 47.30 for third place in the 4x100-meter relay event.

In the triple jump, Eduah posted a 41-3.25 to take second spot and Drew Martin (Hingham, MA) went 37-8 for sixth place.

Daniel Ritchie (Pepperell, MA) and Jon Gay (Charlton, MA) finished fifth (15:59.66) and sixth (16:09.52) in the 5,000-meter run and Mitch Giroux (Dighton, MA) recorded a 10:25 for fifth in the steeplechase.

Timothy Forrest (Madison, CT) raced to a 15.94 to take fifth in the 110-meter hurdles, while Matte finished fifth (59.71) in the 400-meter hurdles. Matija Zelic (Westboro, MA) and Forrest earned fourth and fifth place in the long jump with distances of 20-1.5 and 20.25.

Kawalya tied for sixth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.72, while Morette and Kocienski grabbed fifth (23.08) and sixth (23.13) in the 200-meter dash. Morette also cleared 14-1.25 in the pole vault in a fourth-place effort.

Pacing the Boynton Hillers in other events were Mike Thyden (Sutton, MA) in the high jump (7th – 5-8), Jeremy Fransico (Dartmouth, MA) in the 1,500-meter run (10th – 4:23.86), and Greg McConnell (Georgia, VT) in the 800-meter run (12th – 2:07.12).

WPI heads to the UMass Amherst Invitational on Saturday and will compete against teams from UMass Amherst, Albany, Fairfield, Hartford, Central Connecticut State, Quinnipiac, Marist, Siena, Trinity, Smith and Amherst.