Men's Track and Field Captures Eric Loeschner Memorial Meet Title at Fitchburg

Andrew Zayac
Andrew Zayac

Fitchburg, MA --- The trio of Matt Butler (Lincoln, RI), Jameel Galloway (Randolph, MA) and John deRivera (West Boylston, MA) were all victorious in field events, while the duo of Jacob Mercier (Litchfield, NH) and Andrew Zayac (Plymouth, MA), along with a pair of relay squads posted triumphs in then running events as WPI Men's Track and Field team won Fitchburg State's Eric Loeschner Memorial Meet on Saturday. 

The Crimson and Gray racked up 222 points to out-distance second-place Bridgewater State (137) and host Fitchburg State (119) in the nine-team meet.

The team championship marked the third in four outings this spring for WPI.

The Engineers return to action next weekend as they head to Mount Holyoke for the NEWMAC Championships.

Butler won the hammer throw with a heave of 160-5, while Galloway captured the high jump (6-4) and deRivera took home the javelin title (178-8). 

On the track, Mercier reached the finish line in the 100-meter dash in 11.30 and Zayac claimed the steeplechase crown with a time of 9:55.28, winning by a full 12 seconds. WPI also took top billing in the 4x100 (43.61) and 4x800 (8:21.81) meter relays.

The Engineers also had the second-place finishers in all the short and middle distance races, starting with Edmund Eduah (Accra, Ghana) finishing seven-hundredths of a second behind the victorious Mercer in the 100-meter dash with his time of 11.37.

Austin Holliday (Danville, CA) was second in the 200-meter dash (23.57), coming in ahead of teammates Nicholas Aleles (Tappan, NY) (3rd, 23.60) and Andrew Dunne (Westford, MA) (5th, 23.86) in a competitive finish.

In the 400-meter Daniel Ruiz-Cadalso (Guaynambo, Puerto Rico) took second place (51.06) and Eric Eoff (Rexford, NY) fourth place (51.76).

Meanwhile Lucas Roy (Bourne, MA) (1:58.17) and Austin Scott (Waddington, NY) (1:59.48) finished 3-4 in the 800-meter.

Robert Hollinger (Averill Park, NY) was took fifth in the 1,500-meter (4:12.78) as WPI also had each of the seventh- through 10th-place finishers. Also, finishing the running events, the Boynton Hillers' top competitor in the 5,000-meter was freshman Michael McMahon (Pembroke, MA), who came in 10th place (17:03.23).

Freshman Jules Voltaire (Woburn, MA) claimed second in the triple jump (41-11.50) and was also the Crimson and Gray's top finisher in the long jump (11th, 18-5).

The Engineers had a second strong finisher behind Galloway in the high jump as Keith Guay (Nashua, NH) cleared 5-7 to take third place.

In pole vault, Charles Plummer (Westboro, MA) took second place, clearing 13-7.25, while Connor Morette (Leominster, MA) grabbed third (13-1.50).

Finishing second behind Butler in the hammer throw was sophomore Jason Beauregard (New Bedford, MA) with a chuck of 154-4. Rounding out the strength event, WPI had back-to-back finishers leading the team in the shot put and discus.

In shot put, Chad Dellaporta (Billerica, MA) (42-11.75) came in fourth just ahead of Gary Feldman (Ellington, CT) (5th, 42-1.50).

Meanwhile in discus, Harry Lanphear (Manchester, ME) (5th, 120-1) led the Engineers followed by Brendan Johnson (Pembroke, MA) (118-6).

WPI's non-scoring 'B' teams finished second in both the 4x100 relay (44.38) and 4x800 (8:29.34), while the 'A' squad came in third place in the 4x400 relay (3:38.67).

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