Springfield, MA --- Junior Wesley DeChristofaro (Woonsocket, RI) won the long and triple jumps en route to being named NEWMAC Field Athlete of the Year as WPI placed second for the second consecutive year at the NEWMAC Track and Field Championships. The Crimson and Gray amassed 215 points trailing only MIT, who totaled 290 points at the meet hosted by Springfield. The second place finish equals the highest ever by a WPI team. DeChristofaro, who also finished sixth in the high jump, joined Kyle Morrette (2009 Rookie of the Year) as the only WPI men's athlete to win a major NEWMAC Track and Field award.
The Engineers received victories and All-NEWMAC honors from Jameel Galloway (Randolph, MA) in the high jump (6-04), Gary Feldman (Ellington, CT) in the shot put (45-05.25), Zac Chupka (Douglas, MA) in the javelin (178-10) and its 4x400 meter relay team. Joey Collins (Standish, ME) ran the leadoff spot for the 4x400, while teammates Nicholas Aleles (Tappan, NY) and Thomas Kostelak (Bernardsville, NJ) ran the two and three spots, and Stephen Kocienski (Schaghticoke, NY) anchored the group for a 3:22.54 finish.
In addition to his role on the relay team, Kocienski set a new school record in the 400-meter race with a time of 49.39 finishing in second and earning All-NEWMAC honors. Also, setting a new WPI benchmark was the 4x100 meter relay team of Edmund Eduah (Accra, Ghana), Austin Holliday (Danville, CA), Collins and Ditton Kawalya (Kampala, Uganda) who finished at 42.80.
Earning second place finishes and All-NEWMAC accolades were Holliday in the100 (11.14), Tristan Richardson (Attleboro Falls, MA) in the high jump (6-04), and Feldman in the discus (133-09).
Nate Martel (Standish, ME) in the discus and the shot put, Ryan Moran (Pembroke, MA) in the 1500 and Tim Forrest (Madison, CT) in the 110 hurdles garnered third place finishes adding to WPI's strong day.
T.J. Liguori (Westerly, RI) posted two fourth place finishes in discuss (123-07) and hammer throw (156-08). Matt Butler (Lincoln, RI) took fourth in the shot put (43-06.05) while teammate Holliday ran 22.56 in the 200 for fourth place.
The men's track and field team travels to Colby on Friday for the first day of the New England Division III Championships.