Northampton, MA --- Junior Ryan Dennis (Milford, CT) and sophomore Warren Staver (Centreville, MD) both posted individual victories and teamed up with sophomore Andrew Kelly (Medford, MA) and freshman Thomas Mackintosh (Ellington, CT) to win the 4x400 relay as WPI men's indoor track and field team captured the Beynon Invitational hosted by Smith on Saturday. It marks the third consecutive time the Engineers won the title (the 2015 meet was cancelled) and the seventh time in eight appearances.
The Engineers totaled 171.5 points to take the 12-team meet. Amherst was second (136) as Middlebury was third (119.5). Division II Assumption came home fourth (119.5) and Colby-Sawyer rounded out the top five with 45 points.
"We were hoping to see improvement this weekend compared to last and, for the most part, I believe that's what we got," stated head coach Brian Chabot. "To do it in a winning effort is also important for the development of the team."
Dennis led the way in the 400-meter dash in a time of 51.73 and was followed by Mackintosh in fifth (52.95). Staver, meanwhile, posted a 1:58.90 to claim the 800-meter run. Staver, Kelly, Mackintosh and Dennis later broke the tape in the 4x400-meter relay (3:28.51).
Senior Connor Morette (Leominster, MA) headlined a quartet of Engineers to earn points in the pole vault as he cleared 13-5.75 to win the event for the second consecutive week. Freshman Lucas Acaba (Groton, MA) was second (12-11.5) as senior Melvin Moore (Columbus, NJ) was sixth (10-11.75) and junior Nick Dalton (Woburn, MA) was eighth (10-0). The high jump saw sophomore Brandon Hoghaug (Douglas, MA) soar six feet en route to the victory. Senior Keith Guay(Nashua, NH) tied for third (5-10) and Dalton was sixth (5-10) based on tiebreakers.
Junior Brian D'Amore (Medfield, MA) needed only 7.08 seconds to earn the victory in the 60-meter dash. He was also fastest in the preliminaries. Junior Hugh Whelan (Madison, CT) was a tenth of a second behind in fourth (7.18).
The remaining relays were all runners up as senior Lucas Roy (Bourne, MA), junior David Goodrich (North Haven, CT), sophomore Tristam Winship (Bedford, NH) and senior Nathan Varney (East Longmeadow, MA) posted an 8:27.42 in the 4x800, D'Amore, Whelan, Kelly and sophomore Paul-Henry Schoenhagen(Cleveland Heights, OH) turned in a 1:33.86 in the 4x200, and Winship, freshman Zach Zolotarevsky (Easton, MA), junior Dan Mortimer (Shrewsbury, MA) and Goodrich faced Amherst head-to-head the distance medley relay (10:58.50).
Sophomore Justin Trott (North Hampton, NH) was third in the 5,000-meter run (15:47.66) as was sophomore Patrick Wang (Beijing, China) in the weight throw (42-08.75). Junior Brendan Johnson (Pembroke, MA), sophomore Matt Bennett (Southington, CT) and sophomore Alden Graham (Pembroke, MA) also helped the Engineers by finishing fourth (42), tied for fifth (41-5) and eighth (39-5) in the weight throw.
Bennett had a third-place day in the shot put (45-03.50) while junior Chad DellaPorta (Billerica, MA) was not far behind in sixth (43-04.50). Freshman Kevin Pawlak (Westford, MA) leaped 20-3.5 to take fourth in the long jump as Guay earned sixth place points in the event (19-01.25). Pawlak was seventh in the triple jump (39-02.25) while Roy did the same in the mile (4:29.60).
Freshman Eric Salina (Burlington, MA) had the fourth fastest time in the 600-meter run (1:26.93). Sophomore James Doty (Queensbury, NY) and Varney were the sixth (1:28.43) and seventh (1:29.94) for the Crimson and Gray. Also going 6-7 were Mortimer and freshman Remi Gaetjens (Limerick, ME) with times of 2:43.54 and 2:43.94 in the 1,000-meter run.
Zolotarevsky was the only WPI entry in the 200-meter dash (25.14) as Dalton was fastest Engineer in the 60-meter hurdles prelims (9.64) and sophomore Jason Bugarin (Fitchburg, MA) was the quickest Boynton Hiller in the 3,000-meter run (9:14.56).
Men's Track and Field travels to Wheaton on Saturday.