BOSTON – Senior Austin Scott (Waddington, NY) and sophomore Ryan Wittenberg (Bedford, NH) each broke a school record as the WPI Men's Track and Field team took part in the BU David Hemery Valentine Invitational Saturday.
Scott reset his own record in the mile with a time of 4:14.28 while Wittenberg claimed the 800-meter run record with a heat-winning time of 1:55.02. Freshmen Avery Ingegneri (Warwick, RI) and Tom Hanlon (Derry, NH), as well as senior Kyle Morrison (York, ME) posted times of 4:24.67, 4:28.57 and 4:30.63 in the mile.
Freshman Alex Rus (Newton, MA), junior Andrew Kelly (Medford, MA), junior Paul-Henry Schoenhagen (Cleveland Heights, OH) and junior Warren Staver (Centreville, MD) tentatively clocked the eighth-best 4x400-meter relay time in Division III thus far with a converted 3:22.05. Rus also posted a personal-best 48.83 (49.62 converted) to take his heat in the 400-meter dash, which sits 20th on the NCAA list, as Schoenhagen registered a PR of 22.25 in the 200-meter dash and freshman Kevin O'Driscoll (Norwell, MA) did the same in the 800-meter run (1:59.23). Senior David Goodrich (North Haven, CT) was a fraction of a second behind O'Driscoll with a 2:00.19. Staver added a 49.56 in the 400-meter dash to go with a 50.90 by Kelly.
Senior Brian D'Amore (Medfield, MA) captured his heat of the 60-meter dash with a 7.25 and was followed by classmate Hugh Whelan (Madison, CT) .02 seconds later. Freshman Matt Jankowski (Burlington, MA) sent the shot put 42-2.75. Sophomore Michael Brady (Medway, MA) handed in an 8:55.78 and freshman Jake Scarponi (Barrington, NH) logged a 9:19.68 in the 3,000-meter run.
Both teams are back in action Friday and Saturday at the New England Division III Championships. The men head to Tufts and the women trek to MIT. In terms of relays, the 4x400 (third), 4x800 (seventh) and the distance medley (ninth) are all in the DIII NE top 10.