Middlebury, VT --- The 4x400 and 4x800-meter relays struck gold and two individual WPI standards were set as Men's Track & Field finished a program-best fifth at the NCAA Division III New England Championships. Ten individual performances and three relay configurations earned All-New England honors by finishing in the top eight.
No. 16 Tufts won the team title with 110 points followed by No. 3 MIT (97), No. 24 Williams (92.5) and Middlebury (83). The 25th-ranked Engineers (72.5) were ahead of No. 18 Bowdoin (60), No. 19 UMass Dartmouth (10th – 26) and No. 20 Worcester State (11th – 22).
The 4x400 quartet of sophomore Alex Rus (Newton, MA), senior Andrew Kelly (Medford, MA), junior Ryan Wittenberg (Bedford, NH) and senior Warren Staver (Centreville, MD) clocked a time of 3:21.38, which is currently 12th on the NCAA performance list, while the 4x800 foursome of sophomore Kevin O'Driscoll (Norwell, MA), freshman Ben Steeves (Hollis, ME), sophomore Tom Hanlon (Derry, NH) and graduate student Austin Scott (Waddington, NY) collaborated for a time of 7:52.72.
Freshman Matt Adiletta (Bolton, MA) took over the program's top spot with a second-place 6.96 in the 60-meter dash. Junior Antoine Harris (Southington, CT), the previous record holder, was a tick faster than his season debut with a sixth-place 7.03. Sophomore Nick Fleury (Hopkinton, NH) also clocked a PR in the event (7.11). The 60-meter hurdles saw freshman Oliver Thomas (Goffstown, NH) hand in a runner up and school-record time of 8.24. Nationally, Adiletta is currently 19th and Thomas is 13th in their respective event.
Wittenberg posted a 1:55.05 to take second in the 800-meter run while Scott was eighth in a time of 1:56.14. Staver was third in the 400-meter dash (50.27). Senior Jack DeVine (Wilbraham, MA) earned bronze in the long jump (21-9.5) and was fourth in the high jump (6-5). Both of his leaps were career bests. Classmate Brandon Hoghaug (Douglas, MA) also delivered a PR of 6-5 in the high jump and ended up sixth. Hanlon chipped in with a fifth-place personal-best time of 2:32.28 in the 1,000-meter run.
Junior Remi Gaetjens (Limerick, ME), senior Paul-Henry Schoenhagen (Cleveland Heights, OH), senior Jimmy Doty (Queensbury, NY), freshman Logan Gaudette (Holden, MA) teamed up to take eighth (10:54.99) in the distance medley relay.
Men's Track & Field heads to the BU Last Chance meet on Sunday, February 25.
NCAA invitees if season ended today
(Top 15 individuals and top 12 Relays)