New London, CT --- Junior Brian D'Amore (Medfield, MA) enjoyed individual and relay success to help lead WPI to a second place finish at the Coast Guard Track & Field Spring Invitational Saturday.
The hosts took the meet with 143 points as the Engineers totaled 109.5. Westfield State (93), Rhode Island College (82) and Trinity (68) comprised the remainder of the top five.
D'Amore handed in a 11.12 to take the 100-meter dash and also teamed with freshman Antoine Harris (Southington, CT), sophomore Paul-Henry Schoenhagen (Cleveland Heights, OH) and senior Jacob Mercier (Litchfield, NH), who also placed seventh in the individual 100 (11.40), to secure the 4x100-meter relay in a time of 43.20. Senior Connor Morette (Leominster, MA) began the outdoor season the same way as he started the indoor campaign by taking the pole vault. He cleared 13-11.25 while Lucas Acaba came home ninth due to tiebreakers (12-1.5).
Over at Fitchburg State, sophomore Justin Trott (North Hampton, NH) was the top collegiate finisher and qualified for all three regional postseason championships in the 10,000-meter run with a time of 32:18.45. As of Saturday night his time is No. 22 on the NCAA Division III Outdoor Qualifying List. Senior Anthony Gallo (Rocky Hill, CT) was the fourth collegiate finisher (34:50.60) followed by freshman Matt Rabasco (Pittsfield, MA) who placed sixth (35:14.69) among collegiate competition.
Junior Kyle Morrison (York, ME) placed second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (10:02.51) while senior Jason Beauregard (New Bedford, MA) was the runner up in the discus (135') and hammer throw (169-4). His hammer distance, as of Saturday night, is No. 13 nationally in Division III. Freshman Lucas Gagne (Franklin, NH) added a seventh-place 122-8 in the discus. The Long jump saw senior Melvin Moore (Columbus, NJ) place third (20-1.5), sophomore Jack DeVine (Wilbraham, MA) come home fifth (20-0.5) and freshman Kevin Pawlak (Westford, MA) take seventh (18-9.25).
Sophomore Warren Staver (Centreville, MD) earned bronze in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:57.49 while junior Austin Scott (Waddington, NY) was .57 seconds off a top eight finish with a 2:00.14. The 4x400-meter relay team of senior Nathan Varney (East Longmeadow, MA), junior David Goodrich (North Haven, CT), freshman Ryan Wittenberg (Bedford, NH) and Staver clocked the fourth-fastest time with a 3:30.75.
Sophomore Matt Bennett (Southington, CT) and junior Chad DellaPorta (Billerica, MA) were fifth (42-2.75) and sixth (41-10) in the shot put. Rookie Alex Avakian (Bedford, MA) ended up ninth thanks to tiebreakers (37-3.25). Freshman Michael Brady (Medway, MA) earned sixth-place points in the 5,000-meter run (15:47.61) as did junior Nick Santangelo (Sudbury, MA) in the 400-meter hurdles (1:00.02) and Pawlak in the triple jump (38-6.75). Mercier added a sixth-place time in the 200-meter dash (23.48) and was followed by Schoenhagen in eighth (23.91). Sophomore Aaron Weeks (Pittsfield, MA) covered a distance of 157-10 to finish sixth in the javelin as classmate David Frederick (Orono, ME) was just over a foot and a half behind in seventh (156-3).
Graduate student Ryan Moran (Pembroke, MA) completed the 1,500-meter run in a seventh-place time of 4:10.81. Frederick and junior Nick Dalton (Woburn, MA) were seventh (17.66) and eighth (17.83) in the 100-meter hurdles as Moore and senior Keith Guay (Nashua, NH) were seventh (5-10) and eighth (5-8) in the high jump. Wittenberg was .14 shy of an eighth-place time of 52.87 in the 400-meter dash.
WPI is back in action Saturday at the Amherst College Invitational.