Williamstown and Boston, MA --- Men's Indoor Track and Field had a busy day Saturday with members at BU for the David Hemery Valentine Invitational and others traveling to Williams College today for the Williams Field and Track Invitational where the Engineers competed against Lehman, Middlebury and host Williams.
The Engineers earned 16 top-five finishes at that meet while in Boston the with five new personal records for the team and multiple heat wins. The Crimson and Gray competed against mainly Division I programs and still had success on the track.
In Boston, Oliver Thomas (Goffstown, NH) started the day for the Engineers in the 60-meter hurdles invitational where he finished second in his heat in a time of 8.27 to be the only Engineer to compete in the invitational portion of the event. He missed the finals of the star-studded event by 0.01 seconds.
Both Malek ElShakhs (Storrs, CT) and Nichols Fiorenza (Oakton, VA) competed in the 60-meter hurdles and won their individual heats. ElShakhs finished in a new personal best of 8.33 while Fioranze set a new personal record in 8.43. The times were 1-2 overall in the event.
In the 800 meters, Ben Steeves (Hollis, ME) finished 40th overall and second in his heat with a new personal best in 1:53.02. Nate Meyer (Princeton, MA) also competed in the event and took 103rd overall and third in his heat in 1:55.58. Alex Rus (Newton, MA) was one of the Engineers to compete in the 400 meters where he placed 45th overall and won his heat in 49.21 while Quinton Schimmel (Monroe Township, NJ) was the other Engineer and he placed 101st overall and won his heat in a new personal record of 50.30.
Rus also competed in the 200 meters where he placed 53rd overall and won his heat in 22.23 while his teammate Nick Fleury (Hopkinton, NH) finished in exactly the same time (22.23) and won his heat and placed 56th overall. In the mile, Tom Hanlon (Derry, NH) led the Engineers in 134th overall with a new collegiate personal record time of 4:16.96. Brian Brooks (Brewster, MA) was right behind him in 4:18.30, which was also a personal record while Avery Ingegneri (Warwick, RI) finished the event in 4:27.04.
The day in Boston was finished by a 4x400 relay 20th-place finish by a team composed of Fleury, Schimmel, Meyer and Steeves who finished in 3:21.40.
The Williams meet started off with a victory in the 55-meter dash by Adam Dincher (Cambridge, MA) who finished the event in 6.89. He then went on to win the 200 meters in a time of 24.70 followed by teammate Robert Dec (West Springfield, MA) who took fourth in 26.93.
In the field events, Garth Hull (Arlington, MA) started the meet with a win in the high jump with a height of 1.85 meters. Mark Bray (Shrewsbury, MA) took third with 1.80 meters and Showan took fifth with 1.65 meters in the high jump.
Johann Bradley (Slidell, LA) won the pole vault with a height of 4.71 meters while teammate Ari Athair (Port Angeles, WA) took fourth with 4.00 meters and Akhil Chilamkurthi (Niantic, CT) claimed fifth with 3.70 meters. William Kopellas (Needham, MA) won the long jump with a distance of 6.52 meters while Sifferlen took third with 6.13 meters. Isaac Frederique (Methuen, MA) won the triple jump with a distance of 12.70 meters.
In the shot put, Patrick Hagearty (Londonderry, NH) took third with a throw of 13.44 meters to earn his spot in post season competition while Sam Furman (Groton, MA) took fifth with a throw of 13.16 meters.
The Engineers are back on the track on Saturday, February 22, when they travel to the Springfield Triangle Invitational set to start at 10:30am.