Brunswick, ME --- The WPI men's track and field team featured four individual winners Saturday as the Engineers finished first of seven teams at the 2017 Bowdoin Indoor Invitational #1 inside Farley Field House.
The Crimson and Gray totaled 206 points followed by the hosts with 195. Conn. College was third with 68 as Colby-Sawyer (31) and Wheaton (27) rounded out the top five.
Juniors Jack DeVine (Wilbraham, MA) and Brandon Hoghaug (Douglas, MA) both cleared 6-4 to finish 1-2 in the high jump as the latter needed one more jump at 1.78m and 1.93m. The 600-meter run saw junior Warren Staver (Centreville, MD) cross the line first in a time of 1:22.67 and sophomore Ryan Wittenberg (Bedford, NH) place third (1:25.22). Junior Paul-Henry Schoenhagen (Cleveland Heights, OH) broke the tape in the 400-meter dash with a winning time of 50.84. Classmate Andrew Kelly (Medford, MA) was third (52.09) and senior Nick Santangelo (Sudbury, MA) came home fifth (53.20). Freshman Alex Rus (Newton, MA) led a trio of Boynton Hillers in the 200-meter dash as he needed only 22.68 to earn gold as Kelly and senior Hugh Whelan (Madison, CT) were the fifth (23.78) and sixth-place (23.97) runners. The 4x800-meter relay team of freshman Avery Ingegneri (Warwick, RI), Wittenberg, freshman Tom Hanlon (Derry, NH) and Staver collaborated to taste victory with a time of 8:09.59.
The second-place 4x400-meter relay included sophomore Antoine Harris (Southington, CT), sophomore Thomas Mackintosh (Ellington, CT), freshman Quinton Schimmel (Monroe Township, NJ) and sophomore Zach Zolotarevsky (Easton, MA), who handed in a collective time of 3:36.52. Sophomore Kevin Pawlak (Westford, MA) was one of three triple jump entries and achieved a second-place distance of 40-7.5. Senior David Goodrich (North Haven, CT) was second in the 800-meter run (2:00.10) as freshman Kevin O'Driscoll (Norwell, MA) was 1.25 seconds behind in third.
Led by DeVine, four Engineers picked up points in the long jump. The junior was second (20-8.5) while Pawlak was third (20-1), Freshman Billy Kopellas (Needham, MA) was fourth (19-10.25) and Hoghaug ended up fifth (19-6). Sophomore Lucas Acaba (Groton, MA) secured silver with a clearance of 12-11.5 in the pole vault. Senior Nick Dalton (Woburn, MA) picked up a sixth-place point for clearing 9-0.25. Hanlon was the runner up (2:35.21) in the 1,000-meter run as Ingegneri crossed the finish line sixth (2:37.38).
Five Crimson and Gray made the 60-meter dash finals. Harris and Rus improved their preliminary placings and times with second (7.19) and third-place (7.24) efforts as senior Brian D'Amore (Medfield, MA) and Schoenhagen slipped to fifth (7.29) and seventh (7.68) in the finals.
Senior Austin Scott (Waddington, NY) earned a pair of third-place finishes with a 4:23.09 in the mile and a 9:02.16 in the 3,000. Senior Brendan Johnson (Pembroke, MA) and junior Matt Bennett (Southington, CT) also earned silver in the weight throw (44-2) and shot put (44-1.25), respectively. Bennett ended up fourth in the weight throw (43-1) as did freshman Matt Jankowski (Burlington, MA) in the shot put (43.5). Sophomore Lucas Gagne (Franklin, NH) wound up fifth in the weight throw (41-11.5) and sixth in the shot put (37-8). Freshman Jake Scarponi (Barrington, NH) was foruth in the 3,000 while senior Kyle Morrison (York, ME) was fourth in the mile (4:25.47) and fifth in the 3,000 (9:05.64).
Sophomore Matt Rabasco (Pittsfield, MA) took fifth in the 5,000 in a time of 16:14.32. Schimmel and freshman Fabian Gaziano (Wilbraham, MA) were 7-8 in the 60-meter hurdles as their order was reversed in the finals. Schimmel was .16 better in his initial race while Gaziano shaved off .05 during the final.
The Engineers head to the two-day Wheaton Invitational this Friday and Saturday.