Thomas Takes Down Meet Record Twice at Tufts, Harris Highlights Men’s Track & Field at BU

Antoine Harris

Medford and Boston, MA --- WPI men's track & field sophomore Oliver Thomas (Goffstown, NH) set a meet record at the Tufts Branwen Smith-King Invitational and senior Antoine Harris (Southington, CT) produced a Division III top-20 time at the non-scoring BU John Thomas Terrier Classic on Saturday.

The 22nd-ranked Jumbos won the invite with 121 points. Division II Stonehill was second (107), followed by No. 15 Amherst (100), No. 5 MIT (71.5), No. 54 Bridgewater State (53) and No. 35 WPI (45.5).

Thomas initially bested the meet record with an 8.42 in the 60-meter hurdle prelims and was one of two to beat the standard in the final with an 8.23. Junior Fabian Gaziano (Wilbraham, MA) was .04 shy of an invite to the finals with a 9.05. Harris, meanwhile, clocked a 21.98 to tie for 12th in the 200-meter dash.

Senior Ryan Wittenberg (Bedford, NH) and sophomore Ben Steeves (Hollis, ME) kicked off the Engineers stint at BU with a PR of 49.88 and a season best 51.70, respectively in the 400-meter dash. Junior Tom Hanlon (Derry, NH) and freshman Brian Brooks (Brewster, MA) wrapped up the action with personal-bests of 4:18.74 and 4:23.33.

Sophomore Johann Bradley (Slidell, LA), who entered the weekend 19th in Division III, was third in the pole vault with a season-best-tying clearance of 14-11 at Tufts. Sophomore Matt Adiletta (Bolton, MA) was fourth in the 60-meter dash final with a 7.12. His 7.07 in the semifinals earns entry into the Division III New England and NEICAAA Championships. He was joined in the semifinals by freshman Andrew Whitney (North Kingston, RI) and junior William Kopellas (Needham, MA).

The 400-meter dash saw junior Alex Rus (Newton, MA) take fourth and gain entry in the Division III New England meet with a time of 51.39. Freshman Mike Reilly (Stoneham, MA) added a fourth-place score of 3,982 in the heptathlon while sophomore Nathaniel Shimkus (Hope Valley, RI) won the multi-event pole vault with a height of 12-5.5.

Junior Nick Fleury (Hopkinton, NH) was fifth in the 200-meter dash (23.48) and was followed by freshman Devin Coughlin (Newton, MA) in eighth (23.80). Junior Garth Hull (Arlington, MA) tied for sixth in the high jump with a clearance of 5-10.75, Whitney was sixth in the long jump with a Division III New England qualifying 20-11.75 and freshman Nate Meyer (Princeton, MA) was sixth in the 1,000-meter run (2:37.09). Junior Kevin O'Driscoll (Norwell, MA) chipped in with an eighth-place 1:28.13 in the 600-meter run.