Forrest, Mercier Lead Strong Sprints for Men's Track and Field at Engineers Cup

Tim Forrest

Rensselaer, NY -- WPI outdoor track and field showed off its sprinting prowess Saturday at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, finishing third at the Engineers Cup with 98 points.  MIT won the meet with 184 points while host RPI compiled 110. 

The Crimson and Gray's two track wins of the day came in the sprints as Tim Forrest (Madison, CT) won the 110-meter hurdles with an ECAC-qualifying time of 15.42, and Jacob Mercier (Litchfield, NH) was equally as impressive in the 100-meter dash, taking the win as he clocked in at 11.38. 

WPI also took home one field win in the javelin as John deRivera (West Boylston, MA) finished number one with a best toss of 181-1. 

WPI showed its sprinting depth with 15 top 10 finishers across the 100 and 200-meter dash, with Forrest leading the effort in the 200 (3rd, 23.02), followed by Mercier in fourth (23.20). Austin Holliday (Danville, CA) and Hugh Whelan (Madison, CT) were top eight finishers in both those events. 

Forrest, Mercier, Whelan and Edmund Eduah (Accra, Ghana) came together on the Crimson and Gray's second place 4x100 relay team (43.78). 

WPI also took second in the 4x400 (3:24.95) relay with a team of Ryan Dennis (Milford, CT), Nicholas Aleles (Tappan, NY), Daniel Ruiz-Cadalso (Guaynambo, Puerto Rico) and Joey Collins (Standish, ME). 

In the 400-meter, Dennis clocked the best WPI time (4th, 50.77), followed closely by Aleles (5th, 51.07). WPI also topped out at fourth place in three other track events, including the 800-meter, where Lucas Roy (Bourne, MA) (1:58.29) finished four spots in front of eighth-place teammate Nathan Varney (East Longmeadow, MA) (2:02.82) and Collins in ninth (2:03.01). 

Freshman Nick Santangelo (Sudbury, MA) pocketed fourth (1:02.39) in the 400-meter hurdles, while classmate Nick Dalton (Woburn, MA) was sixth (1:03.07). 

Dominic Gonzalez (Lowell, MA) (10:13.16) and Dan Stomski (Dudley, MA) (10:39.49) finished 4-5 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, while WPI rounded out the distance events with the seventh- through 10th-place finishers in the 5,000-meter, led by senior Robert Hollinger (Averill Park, NY) in seventh (15:46.22). 

Jules Voltaire (Woburn, MA) was notable in two jumping events, finishing top on the team in the triple jump (4th, 39-11.50) and long jump (7th, 19-4.25). Dalton finished close behind in the triple jump, coming in fifth (38-11.75). 

In the high jump, Nick Everett (Natick, MA) (5-8) and Keith Guay (Nashua, NH) (5-6) finished 3-4. WPI did similarly well in the pole vault as local product Charles Plummer (Westboro, MA) came in fourth (12-0.50) and Connor Morette (Leominster, MA) in sixth (12-9.50). 

Fourth-place Chad Dellaporta (Billerica, MA) was the Crimson and Gray's only top 10 finisher in shot put (43-0.50), while Harry Lanphear (Manchest, ME) finished top 10 in javelin (6th, 143-11) hammer throw (8th, 137-9) and discus (9th, 137-9). Matt Butler (Lincoln, RI) was sixth in hammer throw (145-8). 

WPI moves on to its third meet of season next Saturday in a NEWMAC tri-meet at Coast Guard, also including Springfield. The Crimson and Gray finished first out of 12 teams at the Coast Guard Invitational down in New London last week.

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