Cambridge, MA --- Two school records fell as WPI competed at the NEICAAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Friday and Saturday at MIT. The Engineers posted 11 points to end in a tie for 22nd while URI won with 104.5 points.
Andrew Zayac (Plymouth, MA) came home fourth in the steeplechase in a school-record time of 9:15.39. The time is also unofficially 17th on the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships performance list. The 4x800-meter relay team of Lucas Roy (Bourne, MA), Ryan Moran (Pembroke, MA), Austin Scott (Waddington, NY) and Thomas Kostelak (Bernardsville, NJ) crossed the finish line in a school-record time of 7:45.11.
The 4x400-meter relay squad of Joey Collins (Standish, ME), Ryan Dennis (Milford, CT), Paul-Henry Schoenhagen (Cleveland Heights, OH) and Warren Staver (Centreville, MD) posted a seventh-place time of 3:18.30 to collect All-New England honors. Brian D'Amore (Medfield, MA), Schoenhagen, Jacob Mercier (Litchfield, NH) and Hugh Whelan (Madison, CT) teamed up to clock a 43.28 in the 4x100-meter relay. Dennis achieved a PR in the 400-meter hurdles (54.95).
David Frederick (Orono, ME), who finished fifth overall in the pole vault with a personal-best height of 15-05, was the top Division III finisher in the event. Staver and Collins turned in times of 49.47 and 50.40 in the 400-meter dash while Mercier and Holliday finished the 100-meter dash in 11.16 and 11.50, respectively. Nate Martel (Steep Falls, ME) and Harry Lanphear (Manchester, ME) threw the hammer 148-08 and 146-10.
Eligible student-athletes will have one more shot of qualifying for the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships when they head to Springfield for the ECAC Championships Thursday and Friday.