Five From Men's Track & Field Top Podium at Tufts Sunshine Invitational

David Frederick

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).

Individual Postseason Qualifiers

Name Event Perf. 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 22.41 Springfield Outdoor T&F Meet #2 New England DIII
Paul-Henry Schoenhagen 200m 22.43 Springfield Outdoor T&F Meet #2 New England DIII
Warren Staver 200m 22.58 Tufts Sunshine Classic New England DIII
Jacob Mercier 200m 22.61 Springfield Outdoor T&F Meet #2 New England DIII
Antoine Harris 200m 22.88 Springfield Outdoor T&F Meet #2 New England DIII
Andrew Kelly 200m 22.89* Tufts Sunshine Classic
New England DIII
Warren Staver 400m 48.89 Springfield Outdoor T&F Meet #2 New England DIII, ECAC DIII, NEICAAA
Paul-Henry Schoenhagen 400m 49.35 Springfield Outdoor T&F Meet #2 New England DIII, ECAC DIII, NEICAAA
Andrew Kelly 400m 49.71 Springfield Outdoor T&F Meet #2 New England DIII, ECAC DIII
Austin Scott 800m 1:56.02 Tufts Sunshine Classic New England DIII
Warren Staver 800m 1:57.49 CGA Spring Invite New England DIII
Austin Scott 1500m 3:59.36 Conn. College Elite Distance Meet New England DIII, ECAC DIII
Justin Trott 10,000m 32:18 FSU Jim Sheehan Invitational
New England DIII, ECAC DIII, NEICAAA
Kyle Morrison 3000 Steeple 9:55.58 Springfield Outdoor T&F Meet #2 New England DIII
Ryan Moran 3000 Steeple 10:00.42 Springfield Outdoor T&F Meet #2 New England DIII
Brandon Hoghaug High Jump 6-4* Tufts Sunshine Classic
New England DIII, ECAC DIII
Connor Morette Pole Vault  13-11.25  CGA Spring Invite New England DIII
Jack DeVine Long Jump 21-7.25 Tufts Sunshine Classic New England DIII
Melvin Moore Long Jump 21-3.25 Amherst Spring Fling New England DIII
Matt Bennett Shot Put 46-8.75 Springfield Outdoor T&F Meet #2 New England DIII
Chad DellaPorta Shot Put 45-8.5 Springfield Outdoor T&F Meet #2 New England DIII
Matt Bennett Discus 136-0 Springfield Outdoor T&F Meet #2 New England DIII
Jason Beauregard Discus 135-7* Tufts Sunshine Classic
New England DIII
Jason Beauregard Hammer 169-4 CGA Spring Invite New England DIII, ECAC DIII
Brendan Johnson Hammer 144-8 Tufts Sunshine Classic New England DIII
Aaron Weeks Javelin 166-11 Tufts Sunshine Classic New England DIII
         

*Improved on previous qualifying performance