Norton, MA --- At the Lyons Invitational held on Friday afternoon by Wheaton, Men's Track and Field broke three school records in the non-scoring event. The Engineers faced New Haven, Connecticut College and the host, Wheaton.
Junior Johann Bradley (Slidell, LA) broke the school record in the pole vault at a height of 4.82 meters which currently sits at the third spot on the Division III Track and Field List. He took first in the event followed by teammate Mike Reilly (Stoneham, MA) who recorded a height of 4.15 meters to take second. In the triple jump, freshman Isaac Frederique (Methuen, MA) led the Engineers with a second-place finish with a distance of 12.39 meters.
Garth Hull (Arlington, MA) recorded a high jump of 1.85 meters to earn him second place while the team swept the top three spots in the shot put. Sam Furman (Groton, MA) took first with a distance of 13.14 meters with Tyler Guertin (Holyoke, MA) throwing his way into second (12.79m) and Patrick Hagearty (Londonderry, NH) ended in third with a distance of 12.68 meters. Aman Bhatti (Medway, MA) took bronze in the weight throw with a heave of 12.44 meters.
The Engineers continued their success into the track events where they swept the top three spots in the 60-meter hurdles. Oliver Thomas (Goffstown, NH) ran his way to first in 8.29 seconds followed by teammates Malek ElShakhs (Storrs, CT) in 8.53 seconds and Fabi Gaziano (Wilbraham, MA) in 8.60 seconds. In the 60-meter dash Andrew Whitney (North Kingston, RI) and William Kopellas (Needham, MA) finished within a tenth of a second of each other with Whitney taking second in 7.23 seconds and Kopellas taking third in 7.33 seconds.
Senior Alex Rus (Newton, MA) set a new school record in the 300 meter in 35.92 to take first place in the event followed by Matt Adiletta (Bolton, MA) who took second in 36.09 seconds. Tom Hanlon (Derry, NH) led a hurd of Crimson and Gray runners in the 3000 meters with a first place time of 8:51.64.
The 4x200 meter team finished up the meet by shattering the old school record. A team made up of Adiletta, Nick Fleury (Hopkinton, NH), Matthew Madamba (Stow, MA) and Rus took first with a time of 1:31.27. WPI made it a clean sweep of the relays as the quartet of Nate Meyer (Princeton, MA), Owen Lally (Lebanon, CT), Yossef Naim (Marlboro, MA) and Ben Steeves (Hollis, ME) turned in a time of 8:20.43
The Engineers are back in action on Saturday, January 25, at the Wheaton Invitational set to start at 11am.