DeChristofaro Paces Men’s Track and Field at New England Division III Meet

Tim Forrest
Tim Forrest

Worcester, MA --- WPI senior Wesley DeChristofaro (Woonsocket, RI) narrowly missed defending his New England Division III long jump title this weekend, but did leap a distance that put him into strong contention for a spot in the NCAA Division III Championships later this month. His second place finish helped the Engineers amass 26 points and a 14th-place finish overall as a team at the three-day event hosted at Springfield College. 

DeChristofaro posted a distance of 23-5.50, just 1.25 inches off the winning mark. He now stands 13th overall in all of NCAA Division III. 

Jameel Galloway (Randolph, MA) and John deRivera (West Boylston, MA) both notched third place showings – Galloway's coming in the high jump as he cleared 6-6, while deRivera threw the javelin a distance of 186-1. 

The 4x100 meter quartet of Edmund Eduah (Accra, Ghana), Jacob Mercier (Litchfield, NH), Hugh Whelan (Madison, CT) and Austin Holliday (Danville, CA) finished in sixth place with a time of 42.96.  

Eduah (7th, 11.10) and Whelan (9th, 11.15) registered strong times in the preliminaries of the 100-meter dash, Mercier was 24th (11.42). Holliday was 13th in the 200-meter dash (22.65), while Eduah also took 14th in the triple jump (41-1.75). 

Holliday rounded out his strong meet as a member of the Engineers' ninth-place 4x400 relay (3:22.82). Joining him were Ryan Dennis (Milford, CT), Eric Eoff (Rexford, NY), Daniel Ruiz-Cadalso (Guaynambo, Puerto Rico).

Ruiz-Cadalso took another top 10 in the 400-meter hurdles (10th, 55.44). 

Tim Forrest (Madison, CT) and Matt Butler (Lincoln, RI) added All-New England accolades for the Crimson and Gray with Forrest claiming seventh in the 110-meter hurdles (15.30) while Butler led a strong contingent of WPI hammer throwers with an eighth-place showing (155-11). The Boynton Hillers had four competitors finish top 14 in the hammer throw, including Harry Lanphear (Manchester, ME) (10th, 151-1), Sam Lalezari (Saco ME) (12th, 142-1) and Jason Beauregard (New Bedford, MA) (14th, 137-7). 

WPI produced strong results in the distance events, with Robert Hollinger (Averill Park, NY) scooping up ninth place in the 10,000-meter (32:17.31) and Andrew Zayac (Plymouth, MA) also taking ninth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (9:41.90), completing the group of Engineers top 10 finishers. 

Dennis captured 14th in the 400-meter dash (50.96) and in the 1,500-meter Lucas Roy (Bourne, MA) (21st, 4:01.88) and Austin Scott (Waddington, NY) (22nd 4:02.83) completed the race back-to-back. 

Charles Plummer (Westboro, MA) represented the Crimson and Gray with a 12th-place finish in pole vault as he cleared a height of 13-3.50. 

Up next for track and field is the All-New England Championships at Westfield State next Friday and Saturday followed by the ECAC Championship at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute the weekend after.

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