DeChristofaro Wins Twice as Men's Track and Field Claims Second Straight Smith Crown

Wesley DeChristofaro

Northampton, MA --- Wesley DeChristofaro (Woonsocket, RI) won a pair of events as WPI men's track and field athletes claimed seven individual victories en route to capturing the Beynon Invitational hosted by Smith on Saturday.  It marks the second straight year the Engineers won the title and the sixth time in seven appearances.  

The Crimson and Gray amassed 232 points to outdistance second place Division II Merrimack (170). 

DeChristofaro captured the long jump with a leap of 21-11.50 before claiming the triple jump title with a distance of 42-9.50.   

WPI placed strongly in the distance events starting with senior Dominic Gonzalez (Lowell, MA) in 1,000-meter (2:47.11). The Engineers had the top five finishers in the 3,000-meter, led by junior Joe Kelly (Brooklyn Park, MN). Senior Robert Hollinger (Averill Park, NY) claimed second in the 5,000-meter in 16:24.

A men's distance medley team comprised of Nathan Stomberg (W. Greenwich, RI), Gonzalez, Tobin Dancy (Shrewsbury, MA) and Kelly also won in 11:34.20.

Junior Nate Martel (Standish, ME) won the weight throw with a winning distance of 50-08.25, while senior Gary Feldman (Ellington, CT) placed second in the weight throw (49-10.50) and second in shot put (44-08).

Senior Tim Forrest (Madison, CT) picked up another win for the Engineers in the 60-meter hurdles, breezing in at 8.56 seconds.

Sophomore Connor Morette (Leominster, MA) claimed WPI's final win at Smith with a winning pole vault height of 12-01.50.

Sophomore Jacob Mercier (Litchfield, NH) took third place in the 200-meter dash (23.73), while freshman David Goodrich (North Haven, CT) did the same in the 600-meter (1:29.45).

Sophomore Nathan Varney (East Longmeadow, MA) was the third-place finisher in the 800-meter in 2:02.95.

At the John Thomas Terrier Invitational at BU, Lucas Roy (Bourne, MA) recorded a personal best in the 1000 meters (2:35.72) and in the process qualified for the Division III New England championships.  He will be joined there by Ryan Moran (Pembroke, MA) who clocked a time of 4:24.15 in the mike. Thomas Kostelak (Bernardsville, NJ) ran a season-best time of 1:59.11 800 meters while  WPI was well-represented in the 400 meters with Joey Collins (Standish, ME)  (50.11), Nicholas Aleles (Tappan, NY) (50.49), Ryan Dennis (Milford, CT) (51.16) and Daniel Ruiz-Cadalso (San Juan, Puerto Rico) (52.98) all running well.

After a weekend off, WPI is back in action on Saturday, February 8th at the MIT Gordon Kelly Invitational and the BU David Hemery Valentine Invitational.


Release by Carl Setterlund - WPI Athletics Intern - Emerson '14