Norton, MA --- At the Wheaton Invitational Saturday, Men's Track and Field claimed 19 top-five finishes in the non-scoring event. The Engineers faced Colby, Coast Guard, UMass Dartmouth, Tufts and host Wheaton during the meet.
WPI started the day off strong with a second and third place finish in the 60-meter dash. Andrew Whitney (North Kingston, RI) took second in 7.14 while William Kopellas (Needham, MA) was right behind him in third with a time of 7.23, for a personal best.
Alex Rus (Newton, MA) notched one of the victories of the day in the 200 meters with a time of 23.01 while Quinton Schimmel (Monroe Township, NJ) took fourth in the 400 meters in just 51.89, for a personal best. Ben Steeves (Hollis, ME) claimed second in the 800 meters with a time of 1:54.49 which was a personal best and currently ranks fifth in all of Division III Track and Field.
In the 1000 meters, the Engineers excelled with Tom Hanlon (Derry, NH) leading the way in first place in 2:33.12 while Avery Ingegneri (Warwick, RI) took third in 2:35.55, for a personal best, and Brian Brooks (Brewster, MA) claimed fourth in 2:35.74. The success continued into the 5000 meters where David Reynolds (Andover, MA) won the event in 15:08.91 and Jake Scarponi (Barrington, NH) took third in 15:23.65 while Logan Gaudette (Holden, MA) claimed fourth in 15:33.02.
In the 60-meter hurdles, Anthony Algieri (Nutley, NJ) was the representative for the Engineers and took fourth in 8.68, just .03 from his personal best. The Engineers ended the track events with a first-place finish in the 4x400 relay with a team of Rus, Nick Fleury (Hopkinton, MA), Steeves and Matthew Madamba (Stow, MA) in a time of 3:24.14.
Andrew Sifferlen (Sudbury, MA) started out the field events on a positive note with a second-place finish in the high jump with a height of 6 feet 4.75 inches. In the pole vault, Johann Bradley (Slidell, LA) took first with a height of 14 feet and 7.25 inches, a total of six inches above the second-place finisher. For the triple jump, Isaac Frederique (Methuen, MA) claimed third with a distance of 40 feet and a half inch.
The Crimson and Gray claimed three top-five spots in the shot put with Sam Furman (Groton, MA) taking second with 43 feet and a half inch while Patrick Hagearty (Londonderry, NH) claimed third with a distance of 41 feet and 9.25 inches. Tyler Guertin (Holyoke, MA) took fifth in the event with a throw of 41 feet and 8.75 inches.
The Engineers are back in action on Friday, January 31, for the first day of the Tufts Branwen Smith-King Invitational that starts at 4pm.