Harris Headlines Men’s Track & Field’s Fourth-Place Showing at NCAA D-III New Englands

Lucas Gagne

Williamstown, MA --- The 4x100-meter relay struck gold and senior Antoine Harris (Southington, CT) set a school record as the WPI men's track & field team placed fourth at the 2019 NCAA Division III New England Championships. The Engineers, who were the 1987 champions, also claimed fourth in 2009.

MIT secured the team title with 139.5 points. Tufts (89.5) was second and Middlebury (64) was third. The Engineers amassed 60 points to finish nine ahead of fifth-place Bridgewater State (51).

Sophomore Matt Adiletta (Bolton, MA), junior Alex Rus (Newton, MA), junior William Kopellas (Needham, MA) and Harris teamed up to clock a winning-time of 41.79, just .09 in front of the quartet from Springfield. Harris also raced to a third-place 21.79 to better the 200-meter dash standard.

The pole vault saw sophomore Johann Bradley (Slidell, LA) take second with a clearance of 15-1.5. Both the 4x800-meter and 4x400-meter relays claimed third as freshman Owen Lally (Lebanon, CT), freshman Nate Meyer (Princeton, MA), sophomore Ben Steeves (Hollis, ME) and freshman Brian Brooks (Brewster, MA) posted a 7:50.44 in the 4x800m and Rus, Harris, senior Ryan Wittenberg (Bedford, NH) and junior Nick Fleury (Hopkinton, NH) handed in a 3:20.21.

Sophomore Malek Elshakhs (Storrs, CT) led a trio of Engineers in the 110-meter hurdles with a fourth-place 15.24. He was followed by freshman Anthony Algieri (Nutley, NJ) in seventh (15.72) and junior Fabian Gaziano (Wilbraham, MA) in eighth (16.27). The prelims saw Gaziano hand in a season-best 15.24 while Elshakhs (15.27), Algieri (15.30) and sophomore Mark Bray (Shrewsbury, MA) (15.64) posted PRs. Also finishing fourth was freshman Andrew Whitney (North Kingston, RI) with a leap of 22-1 in the long jump.

Wittenberg added a fifth-place 1:53.11 in the 800-meter run while senior Michael Brady (Medway, MA) was sixth in the 5,000-meter run with a personal-best 15:07.46. Junior Quinton Schimmel (Monroe Township, NJ) was sixth in the 400-meter hurdles (56.21). Senior Lucas Gagne (Franklin, NH) came home eighth in the discus (140-7).

Other notable performances include sophomore Sullivan Boyd (Woolwich, ME) with a personal-best 146-2 in the hammer and freshman Mike Reilly (Stoneham, MA) who, bolstered by PRs in the 110-meter hurdles (17.69), pole vault (13-2.25) and javelin (144-10), the accumulated 4,563 points in the two-day decathlon.

Select student-athletes head to the NEICAAA (All-New England, All-Divisions) Championships next weekend.