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