Records, Qualifiers Abound from Indoor Track and Field at BU

Maya Rhinehart

Boston, MA --- The WPI Men's and Women's Indoor Track and Field teams closed out the non-championship portion of their schedule on Saturday BU's Scarlet and White Invitational.  The Engineers competed against other athletes from across the eastern seaboard from Divisions I, II and III.

Maya Rhinehart (Springfield, MA) headlined the envoy from WPI, running what is believed to be the indoor 200-meter school record in a scorching time of 25.65, while also posting a strong performance in the 400-meter (59.02) as well. That came as Lucas Roy (Bourne, MA) improved on his newly established school record in the 1,000-meter chugging along to an impressive time of 2:30.65.

Anne Harris (Hamburg, NY) (26.49), Liz Pellegrini (Worcester, MA) (26.74) and Alex Price (Franklin, MA) (27.16) all ran indoor lifetime bests in the 200-meter and qualified for the New England Division 3 meet. Pellegrini also set a personal best in the 60-meter hurdles (9.49), while Harris was strong in the 60 dash (8.20).

Tim Forrest (Madison, CT) turned on the thrusters for a second-place finish in the finals of the 60-meter hurdles, coming in at a scintillating 8.57 seconds.

The 4x400 relay team of Ryan Dennis (Milford, CT), Nicholas Aleles (Tappen, NY), Daniel Ruiz-Cadalso (Guaynambo, Puerto Rico) and Joey Collins (Standish, ME), turned in one of WPI's top performances of the meet, establishing a season-best time of 3:23.38 and qualifying for All-New England's.

Aleles (50.0) and Collins (50.12) also turned in scorching times in the 400-meter to punch their ticket for All-New England's in that event as well.

Thomas Kostelak (Bernardsville, NJ) ran a season-best time of 1:57.25 in the 800m. The time qualifies him for the ECAC championships. Ryan Moran (Pembroke, MA) (4:18.97) and Austin Scott (Waddington, NY) (4:24.32) posted personal bests in the mile. Moran's time qualifies him for ECAC's, while Scott's puts him into New England Division III's. 

Jacob Mercier (Litchfield, NH) qualified for D3's in the 200m in 23.06; Forrest (23.42) and Hugh Whelan (Madison, CT) (23.59) also performed well in the event. In the 60m dash three teammates were separated by only .04 in the same heat: Whelan (7.29), Mercier (7.31) and Julian Dano (Merrimack, NH) (7.33). 

The Engineers turn their attention to next week's New England Division III Championships.   The men's meet will be held at MIT while the women will compete at Springfield.

Release by Carl Setterlund - WPI Athletics Intern - Emerson '14