New London, CT --- The WPI track and field throwers accumulated 49 points, including 17 by sophomore Matt Bennett (Southington, CT) in a victory over host Springfield and Coast Guard Saturday. Sophomores Warren Staver (Centreville, MD) and Paul-Henry Schoenhagen (Cleveland Heights, OH), meanwhile, each qualified for all three regional postseason championships and junior Brian D'Amore (Medfield, MA) won a pair of events for the Engineers.
The Boynton Hillers, who entered the week eighth in the USTFCCA regional computer rankings, totaled 179 points as Coast Guard amassed 134 and Springfield posted 75.
Bennett won the discus (136-0) and finished second in the shot put (46-8.75) and hammer throw (140-0). Freshman Alex Avakian (Bedford, MA), classmate Lucas Gagne (Franklin, NH), sophomore Patrick Wang (Beijing, China) placed second (129-10), third (126-7) and foruth (119-4) while sophomore Alden Graham (Pembroke, MA) was sixth (108-11) in the discus while junior Chad DellaPorta (Billerica, MA) was third (45-8-5), Avakian was fourth (40-1.25) and Wang was sixth (37-3) in the shot put. The hammer saw Wang place fourth (125-9), Gagne come home fifth (118-2) and Graham end up sixth (117-11).
Staver handed in a winning- and school-record time of 48.89 and Schoenhagen was third with a 49.35 to qualify in the 400-meter dash. They were followed by sophomore Andrew Kelly (Medford, MA) in fourth (49.71). Staver's time is 24th and Schoenhagen's is 46th on the NCAA Division III Performance List as of Saturday night.
D'Amore once again took home top billing in the 100-meter and 200-meter dash with times of 11.13 and 22.41, respectively. Schoenhagen quickly followed in the 200 with a 22.43 and senior Jacob Mercier (Litchfield, NH) collected another fifth-place time of 22.61 while freshman Antoine Harris (Southington, CT) posted a fifth-place 11.46 in the 100.
Harris, Schoenhagen, D'Amore and Mercier struck gold in the 4x100-meter relay (42.75) as junior Kyle Morrison (York, ME) took the 3,000-meter steeplechase (9:55.58). Graduate student Ryan Moran (Pembroke, MA) finished his first collegiate steeplechase in just over 10 minutes (10:00.42), which was good for second in the three-entry event.
The Engineers took all but the top scoring spot in the 5,000-meter run and long jump. The race saw sophomore Justin Trott (North Hampton, NH) (15:46.80) lead freshman Michael Brady (Medway, MA) (15:49.03), sophomore Tristam Winship (Bedford, NH) (15:59.04), sophomore Jason Bugarin (Fitchburg, MA) (15:59.13) and senior Anthony Gallo (Rocky Hill, CT) (16:09.71) as freshman Kevin Pawlak (Westford, MA) (20-11.75) lead the jumpers, followed by sophomore Jack DeVine (Wilbraham, MA) (20-11.25), sophomore David Frederick (Orono, ME) (19-9.5), senior Keith Guay (Nashua, NH) (19-8.25) and sophomore Brandon Hoghaug (Douglas, MA) (19-7).
Freshman Ryan Wittenberg (Bedford, NH), senior Nathan Varney (East Longmeadow, MA), junior David Goodrich (North Haven, CT) and rookie Eric Salina (Burlington, MA) teamed for a second-place finish in the 4x400-meter relay (3:31.57). Also handing in runner up performances were Salina in the 800-meter run (1:58.20), Frederick in the 100-meter hurdles (18.30), junior Nick Santangelo (Sudbury, MA) in the 400-meter hurdles (58.76), Pawlak in the triple jump (40-6.75) and sophomore Aaron Weeks (Pittsfield, MA) in the javelin (163-2). Junior Nick Porter (Hopewell Junction, NY) was third in the 100 hurdles (19.21) and Goodrich was fourth in the 800.
Hoghaug cleared 6-2 for third place in the high jump as Guay was fifth (5-10) while senior Connor Morette (Leominster, MA) and freshman Lucas Acaba (Groton, MA) were fourth and fifth in the pole vault. Freshman Mark Landergan (Newburyport, MA) contributed with a sixth-place time of 4:17.61 in the 1,500-meter run.
Staver also competed on Friday at the Connecticut College Elite Distance meet where he clocked a 12th-place time of 1:58.26 and junior Austin Scott (Waddington, NY) came home eighth in the 1,500-meter run in a time of 3:59.36.
The Engineers travel to Tufts on Saturday.