Galloway & deRivera Power Men's Track and Field to Second Place at NEWMACs

Jameel Galloway

South Hadley, MA --- The WPI men's track & field team received help from winners Jameel Galloway (Randolph, MA) and John deRivera (West Boylston, MA) to secure second place at the NEWMAC Championships for a third straight year. WPI racked up 212 points, finishing behind only conference champion MIT (247.5) in the six-team field.

DeRivera won the javelin with a toss of 176-1, while Galloway repeated as high jump champ (6-6) in a 1-2 finish with Tristan Richardson (Attleboro Falls, MA) (6-2).

The Engineers' second-place 4x400 meter relay team (3:19.50) set a new school record, using a potent team of Austin Holliday (Danville, CA), Ryan Dennis (Milford, CT), Nicholas Aleles (Tappan, NY), Daniel Ruiz-Cadalso (Guaynambo, Puerto Rico). The 4x400 school record beats a 46-year-old program mark by nearly two seconds.

The Crimson and Gray also had seven other second-place finishers, who secured All-NEWMAC Second Team honors. That group included Hugh Whelan (Madison, CT) in the 100-meter dash (11.21), Wesley DeChristofaro (Woonsocket, RI) in the long jump (21-10), Chad Dellaporta (Billerica, MA) in shot put (43-6.50), Holliday in the 200-meter dash (22.52), and Tim Forrest (Madison, CT), who ran a season-best time of 15.12 in the 110-meter hurdles. Two WPI runners qualified for the ECAC Championship meet in the 1,500-meter as Austin Scott (Waddington, NY) placed second (3:58.36), with Lucas Roy (Bourne, MA) following a half-second later to take fourth (3:58.88).

Robert Hollinger (Averill Park, NY) earned second place in the 10,000-meter (32:24.07), while Hunter Putzke (Waterloo, WI) finished sixth with a time of 32:34.01). .

Aleles placed well in two other events – the 200-meter dash (6th, 22.86) and 400-meter dash (50.03) – while other notables in the sprinting events included Dennis (5th, 50.39) and Holliday (6th, 51.15) in the 400-meter.

Jacob Mercier (Litchfield, NH) grabbed sixth in the 200-meter (22.88), while Roy did well in the 1,500-meter (4th, 3:58.88) and 800-meter (6th, 1:57.90).

Top 400-meter hurdlers hurdlers included Ruiz-Cadalso (4th, 56.49), followed by Forrest (5th, 57.29) and Nick Santangelo (Sudbury, MA) (7th, 59.14).

Andrew Zayac (Plymouth, MA) grabbed third place in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (9:55.30), followed by teammate Dominic Gonzalez (Lowell, MA) in fifth (10:03.89).

Along with Galloway and Richardson, Nick Everett (Natick, MA) also placed top-6 in the high jump (5-10). 

In the triple jump, Edmund Eduah (Accra, Ghana) (3rd, 41-1.50), Nick Dalton (Woburn, MA) (4th, 40-7) and Jules Voltaire (Woburn) (5th, 39-6.50) all finished top five.

The Engineers nabbed valuable points in the throwing events. The trio of Shawn Ferrini (Norton, MA), Gary Feldman (Ellington, MA) and Matt Butler (Lincoln, RI) placed third (43-2.50), fifth (41-9.75) and sixth (41-3) respectively in the shot put.  Feldman was fifth (112-10) in the discus, sandwiched between teammates Harry Lanphear (Manchester, ME) (4th, 115-10) and Ferrini (6th, 112.9) and Brendan Johnson (Pembroke, ME) (7th, 111-3) while Butler was third in the hammer throw (164-6), Lanphear fifth (147-4) and Sam Lalezari (Saco, ME) seventh (136.0)

Zac Chupka (Douglas, MA) registered a fourth place heave of 169-6 in the javelin while Charles Plummer (Westboro, MA) Connor Morette (Leominster, MA) cleared heights of 13-7.25 (4th) and 13-1.50 (7th) respectively in the pole vault.

WPI begins competition Friday in the two-day New England Division III Championships hosted by Springfield. 

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