Springfield, MA --- Senior Austin Holliday (Danville, CA) broke the school record in the 60-meter dash and helped the 4x200-meter relay strike gold as the WPI men's indoor track and field team opened its 2014-15 campaign with a first place finish at the Springfield College Invitational on Saturday. The Engineers accumulated 185 points followed by the hosts with 125, Westfield State with 121 and Rhode Island College with 104.
Holliday clocked a 7.15 in the 60-meter dash in the preliminaries to better the school record by .03 seconds and qualify for the NCAA Division III New England Championship later this season. He went on to finish second in the finals (7.16) and teamed with Brian D'Amore (Medfield, MA), Hugh Whelan (Madison, CT) and Paul-Henry Schoenhagen (Cleveland Heights, OH) to take the 4x200-meter relay in a time of 1:33.27. Whelan and D'Amore also placed fourth (7.25) and fifth (7.3) in the 60-meter dash.
Austin Scott (Waddington, NY) and Andrew Zayac (Plymouth, MA) each won an event and, along with Lucas Roy (Bourne, MA) and Thomas Kostelak (Bernardsville, NJ) to capture the 4x800-meter relay (8:19.57). Scott took the 1,000-meter run (2:36.57) and was followed by Patrick Murphy (Danvers, MA), Dan Mortimer (Shrewsbury, MA) and Tristam Winship (Bedford, NH) in second (2:44.89), third (2:45.78) and fourth (2:47.25), respectively. Zayac, meanwhile, crossed the finish line first in the mile (4:36.12). Roy followed in second (4:37.85) while Justin Trott (Northampton, NH) was fourth (4:45.66) and Kyle Morrison (York, ME) was fifth (4:46.84).
Also claiming victories for the Crimson and Gray were Warren Staver (Sentreville, MD) in the 600-meter run (1:24.04) and Ryan Moran (Pembroke, MA) in the 5,000-meter run (15:49.62). Joey Collins (Standish, ME) finished second (1:24.95) in the 600-meter run as he and Staver qualified for the DIII New England championship. Ryan Dennis (Milford, CT) placed fourth (1:26.36) and Nicholas Aleles (Tappan, NY) came home sixth (1:28.22). Jason Bugarin (Fitchburg, MA) was fourth (16:18.91) and Joe Kelly (Brooklyn Park, MN) was sixth in the 5,000-meter run (16:25.43).
In the high jump, Jack DeVine (Wilbraham, MA) earned a spot in both the ECAC Division III and NCAA Division III New England meets with a third-place 6-4 while teammate Brandon Hoghaug (Douglas, MA) qualified for the NCAA DIII meet with a fourth-place 6-2. DeVine also finished sixth in the long jump (20.5). David Frederick's (Orono, ME) second-place 14-1.25 and Connor Morette's (Leominster, MA) third-place 13-1.5 in the pole vault was enough to gain entry in the NCAA regional meet. Zach Belohoubek (Wyckoff, NJ) claimed sixth-place points with a height of 11-7.75.
Holliday, Collins, Eric Eoff (Rexford, NY) and Aleles placed second in the 4x400-meter relay (3.31.99). The foursomes of Schoenhagen, James Doty (Queensbury, NY), Harrison Czajkowski (Chapel Hill, NC) and Staver, and Dennis, Nick Santangelo (Sudbury, MA), D'Amore and Nick Dalton (Woburn, MA) finished ahead of Springfield's A lineup with fourth (3:39.35) and fifth place (3:40.9) showing.
Also collecting third place finishes were Whalen in the 200-meter dash (24.05), Santangelo (53.76) and Nikos Kalaitzidis (Agawam, MA) in the 800-meter run (2:04.11). David Goodrich (North Haven, CT) was 3.84 seconds behind Kalaitzidis in fifth. Harry Lanphear (Manchester, ME) added a fourth place effort in the weight throw (45-7) as Czajkowski was fifth in the 60-meter hurdles (9.41), after posting a 9.00 in the prelims, and Melvin Moore (Columbus, NH) was fifth in the triple jump (36-11.5).
The Engineers head to Brunswick, ME for the Bowdoin Invitational on Saturday, January 17.
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