Medford, MA --- The WPI men's track & field team saw five field individuals strike gold in a second-place showing at the Tufts Sunshine Invitational Saturday.
The host Jumbos, who are third in the latest USTFCCCA regional rankings, accumulated 315 points as the 11th-ranked Engineers, who were resting student-athletes in preparation for next week's NEWMAC Championships at Coast Guard, totaled 152. No. 23 UMass Boston was third (68) followed by No. 13 Amherst (52) and Mass. Maritime (27). The Jumbo alumni secured 27 points.
Sophomore Aaron Weeks (Pittsfield, MA) claimed the javelin (166-11) as classmate David Frederick (Orono, ME) was sixth (132-6) and junior Nick Dalton (Woburn, MA) was eighth (119-9). Sophomore Brandon Hoghaug (Douglas, MA) soared 6-4 to take the high jump as senior Keith Guay (Nashua, NH) placed third (5-8) for the Engineers. Sophomore Jack DeVine (Wilbraham, MA) added a win in the long jump (21-7.25) while freshman Kevin Pawlak (Westford, MA) was the runner up with a leap of 20-11.25. Senior Jason Beauregard (New Bedford, MA), meanwhile, won the discus (135-7) and came home second in the hammer throw (156-8). Freshman Lucas Acaba (Groton, MA) achieved the top collegiate height of 12-11.5 for the 10 pole vault points.
Sophomore Matt Bennett (Southington, CT) was second in the shot put (44-0.5) and third in the discus (128-0) as junior Chad DellaPorta (Billerica, MA) was fifth in the shot put (42-3.5) and freshman Alex Avakian (Bedford, MA) was eighth in the discus (116-10). Junior Brendan Johnson (Pembroke, MA), sophomore Patrick Wang (Beijing, China), freshman Lucas Gagne (Franklin, NH) and sophomore Alden Graham (Pembroke, MA) also helped the Crimson and Gray rack up points in the hammer by finishing third (144-8), fourth (135-8), fifth (130-8) and eighth (122-9), respectively.
Junior Austin Scott (Waddington, NY) was second in the 800-meter run (1:56.02) while freshman Eric Salina (Burlington, MA) was seventh (1:57.60). Sophomore Andrew Kelly (Medford, MA) ended up fourth in the 100-meter dash finals (11.39) while junior Brian D'Amore (Medfield, MA) clocked the top time in the prelims (11.10). Sophomore Warren Staver (Centreville, MD) was .31 seconds quicker than Kelly (seventh – 22.89) in the 200-meter dash with a fourth-place 22.58 while junior Nick Santangelo (Sudbury, MA) was fourth in the 400-meter hurdles (59.72).
Freshman Ryan Wittenberg (Bedford, NH) posted a 52-flat to claim sixth in the 400-meter dash. Dalton was eighth (52.57) and, despite a 10th-place time, sophomore James Doty (Queensbury, NY) picked up a point with a 53.37. Junior Kyle Morrison (York, ME) led graduate student Ryan Moran (Pembroke. MA) in the 1,500-meter dash as the duo crossed the finish line sixth (4:05.66) and eighth (4:06.23).