Williamstown, MA --- Sophomore Alex Rus (Newton, MA) set a WPI record and four others, including seniors Aaron Weeks (Pittsfield, MA) and Jack DeVine (Wilbraham, MA), claimed victory as Men's Track & Field competed with Williams, Middlebury and SUNY Oneonta Saturday.
Williams is ranked No. 1 in New England, followed by No. 2 Middlebury and No. 8 WPI.
Despite finishing second, Rus shaved .3 seconds off the previous 200-meter dash record with a time of 21.92. Junior Antoine Harris (Southington, CT) was third with a time of 22.14, just .02 off the old mark. Freshman Matt Adiletta (Bolton, MA) was sixth by a mere .001 seconds as he posted a 22.64.
Weeks, who improved from 54 to 36 on the NCAA Division III performance list, led the way in the javelin with a distance of 182-11 while junior Evan Bossio (Pittsfield, MA) was fourth (162-7) and sophomore Mike Corace (Spotswood, NJ) was sixth (154-7). DeVine cleared 6-4 to take the high jump. He was followed by sophomore Garth Hull (Arlington, MA) in third (5-10) and freshman Parker Simpson (Enfield, CT) in fifth (5-8).
Sophomore William Kopellas (Needham, MA) clocked an 11.15 and Adiletta posted an 11.24 as the duo went 1-2 in the 100-meter dash. Freshman Oliver Thomas (Goffstown, NH), who moved from 53 to 39 on the D3 performance list, only needed 15.13 to win the 110-meter hurdles as sophomore Fabian Gaziano (Wilbraham, MA) was fifth by .003 with a 15.54 and freshman Mark Bray (Shrewsbury, MA) was sixth in 15.78.
All eyes were on Gaziano, junior Thomas Mackintosh (Ellington, CT), freshman Yossef Naim (Marlboro, MA) and senior Jimmy Doty (Queensbury, NY) as they teamed up for a 3:31.43 as the only quartet to run the 4x400-meter relay. Earlier in the day, Thomas, Harris, Rus and sophomore Nick Fleury (Hopkinton, NH) were second to Middlebury by .01 in a one-on-one 4x100-meter relay as the foursome collaborated to post a 42.87. Fleury was also fourth in the long jump (20-10.5).
Junior Lucas Gagne (Franklin, NH) launched the discus 136 feet to secure second place for the Engineers. Senior Warren Staver (Centreville, MD) was third in the 400-meter dash with a time of 50.19 while Simpson was third in the triple jump (40-7.5).
The pole vault saw freshmen Johann Bradley (Slidell, LA) and Nathaniel Shimkus (Hope Valley, RI) place third and fourth with successful heights of 13-11.25 and 13-5.25, respectively. Sophomore Matt Jankowski (Burlington, MA) achieved a PR in the shot put with a fourth-place mark of 44-8 as senior Patrick Wang (Beijing, China) was fifth with a season-best 137-6 in the hammer throw.
Men's Track & Field treks to Springfield Saturday for the 2018 NEWMAC Championships.