Springfield, MA --- Wesley DeChristofaro (Woonsocket, RI) notched a pair of All-New England performances and joined Mike Thyden (Sutton, MA) and Tristan Richardson (Attleboro Falls, MA) with third place showings as WPI finished ninth at the New England Division III Men's Indoor and Track and Field Championships at Springfield College. The Engineers, who amassed 34.50 points, one behind eighth place Middlebury, bettered their 21st place showing a year ago by over 28 points.
DeChristofaro finished third in the long jump, with a distance of 22-1.50. He was also sixth in the high jump (6-2.25) and tenth in the triple jump (44-0.75). Thyden broke his own school record in the heptathlon, amassing 4236. Richardson was third in the high jump, posting a 6-2.25.
Also earning All-New England honors, Kyle Morette (Leominster, MA) had a sixth place showing in the pole vault with a 14-5.25. In the 400 meters, Stephen Kocienski (Schaghticoke, NY) was fifth with a 50.38 finish, and Joey Collins (Standish, ME) just behind him in sixth, clocking a 50.96. In the 4x400 relays, the team of Collins, Morette, Austin Holliday (Danville, CA) and Kocienski came in fourth with a time of 3:25.85.
In the 60-meter hurdles, Jay Giambarresi (Amesbury, MA) led the Crimson and Gray with a ninth place showing, coming in with a 8.76 time. Tim Forrest (Madison, CT) was two spots behind him in 11th, finishing with a 8.77.
The 4x800 relay team of Thomas Kostelak (Bernardsville, NJ), Kirk Murphy (Swansea, MA), Gonzalez and Andrew Zayac (Plymouth, MA) was 14th at 8:19.52. Chris Farren (Plaistow, NH) was 14th in the weight throw with a 48-8.75. In the triple jump, Ben Altshuler (Ellenville, NY) finished 15th (41-10.50) while Edmund Eduah (Accra, Ghana) was 18th (40-11.50). Competing in the 200 meters, Ditton Kawalya (Bugolobi, Uganda) placed 18th with a time of 23.69. In the 400 meters, Nicholas Aleles (Tappen, NY) finished in 19th (52.78). Dominic Gonzalez (Lowell, MA) finished 21st in the 1000 with a 2:40.76.
The Engineers travel to the All-New England All-Divisions Championships hosted by Boston University next Friday and Saturday.