Norton, MA --- Junior Ryan Wittenberg (Bedford, NH) reset his own school record and handed in what is currently the sixth-fastest 800-meter run this season in Division III as the WPI men's track & field team took on six other teams Saturday at the non-scoring Wheaton Invitational.
The Engineers, ranked fifth in the latest USTFCCCA Division III computer regional rankings, faced Bridgewater State, the 10th-ranked team in the region, as well as (in ranked order) Coast Guard, UMass Boston, Colby, host Wheaton and Wheelock.
Wittenberg clocked a flat track time of 1:54.95 (1:53.33 converted) to lead a contingent of Engineers that accounted for the top five finishers on the day. Also earning victories were senior Jack DeVine (Wilbraham, MA) in the high jump (6-2) and freshman Oliver Thomas (Goffstown, NH) with an 8.48 in the 60-meter hurdles. Junior Michael Brady (Medway, MA) captured the 3,000-meter run (8:53.44) while senior Tristam Winship (Bedford, NH), sophomore Avery Ingegneri (Warwick, RI) and junior Matt Rabasco (Pittsfield, MA) clocked personal-bests in the event.
As of Saturday at 11:59pm, graduate student Austin Scott (Waddington, NY) is 10th (1:53.90#), senior Warren Staver (Centreville, MD) is 12th (1:54.31#) and freshman Ben Steeves (Hollis, ME) is 17th (1:54.87#) in the 800-meter run. Also in the top 50 are sophomores Kevin O'Driscoll (Norwell, MA) and Tom Hanlon (Derry, NH) with the 34th and 46th ranked times of 1:55.88# and 1:56.41#, respectively. In addition to the six 800m participants already mentioned, junior Remi Gaetjens (Limerick, ME) also posted a PR.
The quartet of Staver, senior Andrew Kelly (Medford, MA), senior Paul-Henry Schoenhagen (Cleveland Heights, OH) and Wittenberg teamed up at the end of the night to hand in the fifth-ranked time of 3:18.31# in the 4x400-meter relay.
Sophomores Nick Fleury (Hopkinton, NH) and Fabian Gaziano (Wilbraham, MA) posted personal-best times in the 200-meter dash. Classmates Garth Hull (Arlington, MA) and Matt Jankowski (Burlington, MA) delivered their career-best high jump and weight throw performances, respectively.
WPI heads to the Tufts Cupid Challenge and select student-athletes will head to the Reggie Lewis Center for the All-New England Championships (NEICAAA) Championships this weekend. The list below does not indicate intent to participate in the latter.
(# = banked time)