Men’s Track & Field Trumps No. 9 Williams in Amherst Spring Fling Triumph

Keith Guay

Amherst, MA --- Junior Brian D'Amore (Medfield, MA) won a pair of individual events and was a member of the winning 4x100-meter relay to help lead the WPI men's track and field team to the Amherst Spring Fling title. The meet included Williams, who is No. 9 per the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division III national computer rankings. The Ephs are also the top team in the same regional computer rankings that has WPI slotted 10th.

The Engineers accumulated 144 points in the triumph as Coast Guard was second with 89, Amherst was third (78), Brandeis was fourth (68) and Trinity was fifth (66). Williams landed in sixth (63) followed by Wesleyan (43), Plymouth State (30) and Connecticut College (24).

D'Amore won the 100- and 200-meter dash with times of 11.01 and 22.63 and teamed with freshman Antoine Harris (Southington, CT), sophomore Paul-Henry Schoenhagen (Cleveland Heights, OH) and senior Jacob Mercier (Litchfield, NH) to turn in a 42.84, an improvement of .36 seconds on their time from a week ago. Mercier was third in the 100 (11.38) while he was also fifth in the 200 (23.04), .13 seconds behind Harris who was fourth (22.91).

Senior Jason Beauregard (New Bedford, MA) sent the hammer a winning distance of 168-06 as junior Brendan Johnson (Pembroke, MA) was fourth (140-07). The duo also finished second (135-02) and fifth (130-04) while sophomore Matt Bennett (Southington, CT) was sixth (129-11) in the discus. Bennett led the way in the shot put with a second-place heave of 44 feet to go along with a third-place distance of 43-4.5 by senior Chad DellaPorta (Billerica, MA).

Sophomore Warren Staver (Centreville, MD) clocked a 49.16 to take the 400-meter dash, which is 23rd on the NCAA Division III performance list as of Saturday night.  Classmate Andrew Kelly (Medford, MA) and freshman Thomas Mackintosh (Ellington, CT) followed in fifth (50.06) and sixth (51.29). Junior David Goodrich (North Haven, CT), freshman Eric Salina (Burlington, MA) and junior Austin Scott (Waddington, NY) teamed with Staver to finish second in the 4x800-meter relay in a time of 7:58.69. Mackintosh also anchored the fourth-place (3:31.15) 4x400-meter relay which also included junior Nick Santangelo (Sudbury, MA) and freshman Zach Zolotarevsky (Easton, MA) and Kelly. Scott added a fifth-place time of 4:02.61 in the 1,500-meter run while Santangelo crossed the finish line third in the 400-meter hurdles (59.47).

Senior Melvin Moore (Columbus, NJ) leaped 21-3.25 and sophomore Brandon Hoghaug (Douglas, MA) cleared 6-2.25 as they were the runner up in the long and high jump, respectively. Sophomore Jack DeVine (Wilbraham, MA) was fourth in the long jump (20-8) and senior Keith Guay (Nashua, NH) was sixth in the high jump (5-8.5). The triple jump saw freshman Kevin Pawlak (Westford, MA) achieve a season-best 40-6.25 to take fourth. Senior Connor Morette (Leominster, MA) also claimed fourth-place points with a height of 13-5.25 in the pole vault. Sophomore Aaron Weeks (Pittsfield, MA) picked up a point with a sixth-place 155-11 in the javelin.                                                    

Men's Track and Field heads to Springfield Saturday for a tri-meet which also features Coast Guard.

 

Individual Postseason Qualifiers

Name Event Performance Meet Qualified For
Brian D'Amore 100m 11.01* Amherst Spring Fling New England DIII, ECAC DIII
Jacob Mercier 100m 11.30 Amherst Spring Fling New England DIII
Brian D'Amore 200m 22.63 Amherst Spring Fling New England DIII
Antoine Harris 200m 22.91 Amherst Spring Fling New England DIII
Warren Staver 400m 49.16 Amherst Spring Fling New England DIII, ECAC DIII
Andrew Kelly 400m 50.06 Amherst Spring Fling New England DIII, ECAC DIII
Warren Staver 800m 1:57.49 CGA Spring Invite New England DIII
Austin Scott 1500m 4:02.61 Amherst Spring Fling New England DIII
Justin Trott 10,000m 32:18 FSU Jim Sheehan Invitational
New England DIII, ECAC DIII, NEICAAA
Kyle Morrison 3000 Steeple 10:02.51 CGA Spring Invite New England DIII
Brandon Hoghaug High Jump 6-2.25 Amherst Spring Fling New England DIII
Connor Morette Pole Vault  13-11.25  CGA Spring Invite New England DIII
Melvin Moore Long Jump 21-3.25 Amherst Spring Fling New England DIII
Matt Bennett Shot Put 44-0 Amherst Spring Fling New England DIII
Jason Beauregard Discus 135-2* Amherst Spring Fling New England DIII
Jason Beauregard Hammer 169-4 CGA Spring Invite New England DIII, ECAC DIII
         

*Improved on previous qualifying performance