New Orleans, LA --- WPI senior Ryan Wittenberg (Bedford, NH), Assistant Coach Miles Ketchum and Director of Track & Field/Cross Country Brian Chabot have all been recognized for their efforts during the indoor portion of the track & field season by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), as announced Wednesday. Wittenberg was named as the men's New England track athlete of the year while Ketchum was selected as the men's New England assistant coach of the year and Chabot was feted as the men's New England coach of the year. Earlier in the week, Wittenberg and eight other WPI student-athletes were lauded for placing in the top five in the region heading into this weekend's championships.
Wittenberg clocked the division-leader and moved into DIII's all-time top five in the 800 meters with a 1:49.89 at the Boston University's Valentine Invitational back on Feb. 8, which earned him USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week honors. Wittenberg is entered in the 800 and as part of his team's 4×400 relay for the national championships. He also helped his team to their best finish to-date, third-place showing at the DIII New England Championships.
Ketchum, the 2016 women's outdoor assistant coach of the year, is in his seventh year as an assistant track & field coach at WPI. His charges contributed to 39 of the team's 67 overall team points at the Division III New England Championships, helping the Engineers finish a program-best third place overall. Ketchum coaches sprints, hurdles, relays, and horizontal jumps and coached athletes to three new school records and three national qualifiers during the season.
Chabot, in his 11th year as Director of Track & Field/Cross Country at WPI, led the Engineers to their best-ever finish at the Division III New England Championships with a third-place performance. During the season, the team broke five school records and achieved their highest-ever national ranking. The team ranks 11th in the country headed into this weekend's Championships. No stranger to the award, Chabot claimed his first men's accolade in 2009 while earning women's honors in 2010 and 2015.
Wittenberg, Antoine Harris, Oliver Thomas (Goffstown, NH) and Carley Dykstra (Andover, NJ) all led New England in the 800m, 200m (21.58), 60m hurdles (8.08) and pole vault (12-6.25), respectively while Wittenberg and Harris were joined by Alex Rus (Newton, MA) and Ben Steeves (Hollis, ME) in the region's top 4x400 relay (3:19.43 - 3:16.30 converted). Also earning All-Region accolades were Matt Adiletta in the 60m, Rus in the 400m, Katy Nippert (Salem, NH) in the long jump (2nd – 18-6.5) and Sydney Packard (Georgetown, MA) in the 800m (2nd – 2:10.52).
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Portions Release Courtesy USTFCCCA