Brunswick, ME --- Junior Antoine Harris (Southington, CT) and freshman Oliver Thomas (Goffstown, NH) each set a school record to highlight a total of 10 victories - eight individual and two relay - by the WPI men's track & field team as the squad began the 2018 season with a second place finish at the Bowdoin Invitational Saturday inside Farley Field House. Graduate student Austin Scott (Waddington, NY) handed in the fourth-best mile (4:19.78) in Division III this season as of Saturday evening.
The hosts won with 213 points followed by WPI with 188 and Conn. College with 63. Rhode Island College (44) and Husson (23) shored up the top five. Wheaton (12) and St. Joseph's (ME) (7) accounted for the final two spots.
Harris clocked a 7.04 to take the 60-meter dash final as Thomas initially broke the 60-meter hurdle record with an 8.45 in the trials and shaved even more time off with an 8.36 in the finals. Harris was followed by freshman Matt Adiletta (Bolton, MA) in second (7.09), sophomore Nick Fleury (Hopkinton, NH) in third (7.17), sophomore Alex Rus (Newton, MA) in fifth (7.28) and senior Andrew Kelly (Medford, MA) in sixth (7.33). Sophomore Fabian Gaziano (Wilbraham, MA) followed Thomas in 3rd (8.62) while freshman Mark Bray (Shrewsbury, MA) was 4th (8.74).
Rus claimed the 200-meter dash in a time of 23.08 as Harris was third (23.20) and Kelly was fifth (23.55). The 400-meter dash featured senior Warren Staver (Centreville, MD) with a first-place 51.04. Senior Jimmy Doty (Queensbury, NY) checked in fifth (54.81) and Gaziano was sixth (56.21). Junior Ryan Wittenberg (Bedford, NH) crossed the finish line first in the 600-meter run with a time of 1:21.39 which was a half second ahead of runner up freshman Yossef Naim (Marlboro, MA) (1:25.89).
Senior Jack DeVine (Wilbraham, MA) tasted victory in the high jump with a clearance of 6-4. Classmate Brandon Hoghaug (Douglas, MA) was two inches behind in third to go with a 5-10 fifth-place effort by sophomore Garth Hull (Arlington, MA). Freshman Johann Bradley (Slidell, LA) collected his first win with a 13-11.25 in the pole vault. Classmate Nathaniel Shimkus (Hope Valley, RI) also debuted with a point-earning performance with a fifth-place height of 11-11.75.
Rus, Kelly, senior Paul-Henry Schoenhagen (Cleveland Heights, OH) and junior Thomas Mackintosh (Ellington, CT) collaborated for a winning-time of 3:32.11 in the 4x400-meter relay as freshman Ben Steeves (Hollis, ME), sophomore Kevin O'Driscoll (Norwell, MA), Scott and Staver teamed up for the top time of 8:12.28. Steeves and O'Driscoll were second (1:59.41) and fifth (2:02.78) in the 800-meter run.
Sophomore Avery Ingegneri (Warwick, RI) handed in a fourth-place time of 9:04.41 in the 3,000-meter run. Fleury and Adiletta were fourth in the long jump (21-4.25) and triple jump (42-5.5). Sophomore William Kopellas (Needham, MA) and DeVine followed Fleury in fifth (21-1.5) and sixth (20-10.5) while freshman Parker Simpson (Enfield, CT) was fifth (39-9.75) in the triple jump.
Seniors Patrick Wang (Beijing, China) and Justin Trott (North Hampton, NH) contributed fifth-place performances in the weight throw (42-8.75) and 5,000-meter run (16:36.49). Junior Remi Gaetjens (Limerick, ME) picked up a point in the 1,000-meter run (2:40.13) as did sophomore Matt Jankowski (Burlington, MA) in the shot put (40-6.75).
The Engineers head to Wheaton for the first of back-to-back Saturdays on January 20.