Wittenberg and Thomas Set Records in Men’s Indoor Track & Field Season Opener

Oliver Thomas and Ryan Wittenberg
Oliver Thomas and Ryan Wittenberg

Brunswick, ME --- Senior Ryan Wittenberg (Bedford, NH) and sophomore Oliver Thomas (Goffstown, NH) each set a new school and facility record as the WPI men's indoor track & field team opened the 2019 season with a first place finish Saturday at the Bowdoin Invitational. Event winners earned a commemorative tank top. 

The Engineers, who entered the meet ranked 41st in the USTFCCCA NCAA Division III preseason national rating index, accumulated 216 points while the hosts were second with 148. The event also included Wheaton (49 points), Husson (46), Thomas (36), Rhode Island College (27), Connecticut College (23), St. Joseph's (ME) (8) and Colby-Sawyer (3).

Wittenberg captured the 600-meter run (1:20.77) after Thomas guided a herd of Engineers in the 60-meter hurdles with an 8.18, which is tied for sixth on the NCAA Division III performance list as of 8:15pm. He was followed by sophomore Malek Elshakhs (Storrs, CT), sophomore Mark Bray (Shrewsbury, MA), freshman Anthony Algieri (Nutley. NJ) and junior Fabian Gaziano (Wilbraham, MA) in second through fifth.

Joining Wittenberg in the winning 4x400-meter relay (3:25.66) were senior Antoine Harris (Southington, CT), freshman Devin Coughlin (Newton, MA) and sophomore Ben Steeves (Hollis, ME). The second lineup of sophomore Matt Adiletta (Bolton, MA), Thomas, Bray and Gaziano clocked a runner up 3:33.93. The quartet of junior Tom Hanlon (Derry, NH), senior Remington Gaetjens (Limerick, ME), freshman Nate Meyer (Princeton, MA) and freshman Brian Brooks (Brewster, MA) posted a first-place 8:17.06 in the 4x800-meter relay.

Harris led the way in the 60-meter dash (7.04), followed by Adiletta in third, freshman Andrew Whitney (North Kingston, RI) in fifth and junior Nick Fleury (Hopkinton, NH) in sixth. Steeves clocked the only sub-two minute 800-meter run with a 1:58.88 and Meyer was third for the Engineers. Brooks also debuted with an individual victory with a 4:27.72 in the mile to go with a sixth-place finish by senior Mark Landergan (Newburyport, MA).

Sophomore Logan Gaudette (Holden, MA) broke the tape in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 15:46.93. Senior Matt Rabasco (Pittsfield, MA) took third while junior Avery Ingegneri (Warwick, RI) and sophomore James Kahn (Pacific Palisades, CA) were fifth and sixth. Sophomore Johann Bradley (Slidell, LA) took the pole vault with a height of 14-11 as junior Ari Athair (Port Angeles, WA) was fifth.

The high jump saw junior Garth Hull (Arlington, MA) finish second with a personal best clearance of 6-2.75. Coughlin came home second in the 200-meter dash (24.16). Senior Michael Brady (Medway, MA) and freshman Andrew Yatsuhashi (Reading, MA) were second (9:03.42) and third in the 3,000-meter run while junior Jake Scarponi (Barrington, NH) claimed fifth. Junior Matt Jankowski (Burlington, MA), freshman Sam Furman (Groton, MA) and senior Lucas Gagne (Franklin, NH) were second (42-8), third and fourth in the shot put to go along with a sixth-place heave by sophomore Sullivan Boyd (Woolwich, ME). Hanlon earned silver (2:35.49) in the 1,000-meter run and junior Kevin O'Driscoll (Norwell, MA) was sixth.

Gaziano and Bray were third and fourth in the 400-meter dash while Junior William Kopellas (Needham, MA), Fleury and senior Kevin Pawlak (Westford, MA) were third (20-10), fifth and sixth in the long jump. Boyd led the Engineers in the weight throw with a distance of 42-1.5.

WPI is back in action Saturday at 3:30pm at the Wheaton Invitational.