800m Loads Up DIII Performance List as Men’s Track & Field Participates at Wheaton

Ryan Wittenberg

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)

Individual Postseason Qualifiers

Name Event Performance Meet Qualified For NCAA Top 50
Antoine Harris 60m 7.04 Bowdoin Invitational DIII NE, NEICAAA 41
Matt Adiletta 60m 7.09 Bowdoin Invitational DIII NE  
Nick Fleury 60m 7.17 Bowdoin Invitational DIII NE  
Matt Adiletta 200m 22.98* Wheaton Invitational DIII NE  
Alex Rus 200m 23.08 Bowdoin Invitational DIII NE  
Antoine Harris 200m 23.17* Wheaton Invitational DIII NE  
Alex Rus 400m 50.60* Wheaton Invitational DIII NE, NEICAAA 42
Warren Staver 400m 51.04 Bowdoin Invitational DIII NE  
Andrew Kelly 400m 51.19 Wheaton Invitational DIII NE  
Ryan Wittenberg 600m 1:21.39 Bowdoin Invitational DIII NE  
  500m 1:03.62 Bowdoin Invitational NEICAAA  
Warren Staver 600m 1:21.99 Lyons Invitational DIII NE  
  500m 1:04.09 Lyons Invitational NEICAAA  
Ryan Wittenberg 800m 1:54.95 Wheaton Invitational DIII NE, NEICAAA 6
Austin Scott 800m 1:55.52 Wheaton Invitational DIII NE, NEICAAA 10
Warren Staver 800m 1:55.94 Wheaton Invitational DIII NE, NEICAAA 12
Ben Steeves 800m 1:56.51* Wheaton Invitational DIII NE, NEICAAA 17
Kevin O'Driscoll 800m 1:57.53 Wheaton Invitational DIII NE 34
Tom Hanlon 800m 1:58.07 Wheaton Invitational DIII NE 46
Austin Scott 1000m 2:30.83 Lyons Invitational DIII NE, NEICAAA  
Tom Hanlon 1000m 2:34.47 Lyons Invitational DIII NE  
Austin Scott Mile 4:19.78 Bowdoin Invitational DIII NE, NEICAAA 20
Michael Brady 3000m 8:53.44 Wheaton Invitational DIII NE  
Fabian Gaziano 60H 8.30 Lyons Invitational DIII NE, NEICAAA 14
Oliver Thomas 60H 8.36 Bowdoin Invitational DIII NE, NEICAAA 19
Mark Bray 60H 8.40 Lyons Invitational DIII NE, NEICAAA 27
Jack DeVine High Jump 6-4 Bowdoin Invitational DIII NE  
Brandon Hoghaug High Jump 6-2 Bowdoin Invitational DIII NE  
Johann Bradley Pole Vault 14-6.25 Lyons Invitational DIII NE  
David Frederick Pole Vault 14-0.5 Lyons Invitational DIII NE  
Nick Fleury Long Jump 21-4.25 Bowdoin Invitational DIII NE  
William Kopellas Long Jump 21-1.5 Bowdoin Invitational DIII NE  
Jack DeVine Long Jump 20-11.75 Lyons Invitational DIII NE  
Matt Adiletta Triple Jump 42-5.5 Bowdoin Invitational DIII NE  

*Improved on previous qualifying performance