Staver Wins as WPI Men's Track and Field Takes Fourth at Middlebury Invitational

Warren Staver

Middlebury, VT --- Junior Warren Staver (Centreville, MD) won the 500-meter dash with a time of 1:07.55 to lead the WPI men's track & field team to a fourth-place showing at Saturday's Middlebury Invitational.

New England No. 13 Middlebury accumulated 163.50 points to earn the team crown. Atlantic region No. 3 RPI totaled 159 as nationally-ranked No. 19 Williams secured 139. WPI, who entered the meet as the second-ranked team in the region, was next with 85.50.

Staver also placed fifth in the 200-meter dash (23,50).

Freshman Fabian Gaziano (Wilbraham, MA), senior Nick Santangelo (Sudbury, MA), freshman Quinton Schimmel (Monroe Township, NJ) and sophomore Thomas Mackintosh (Ellington, CT) teamed up to clock a third-place 1:36.34 in the 200-meter relay. Gaziano finished fourth (8.90) as senior Nick Dalton (Woburn, MA) was fifth (9.11) and Schimmel was sixth (9.28) in the 60-meter hurdles. Santangelo clocked a 10th-place 53.90 in the 400-meter dash.

Sophomore Lucas Acaba (Groton, MA) tied for third in the pole vault with a clearance of 13-5.25 as junior Jack DeVine (Wilbraham, MA) guided three other point producers in the long jump with a third-place performance (20-0.25). Freshman Billy Kopellas (Needham, MA) checked in fifth (19-10.25), junior Brandon Hoghaug (Douglas, MA) tied for sixth (19-8.25) and sophomore Kevin Pawlak (Westford, MA) secured eighth (19-6.75). Senior Austin Scott (Waddington, NY) and freshman Tom Hanlon (Derry, NH) were third (4:21.66) and sixth (4:24.37) in the mile. Kopellas added a fifth-place distance of 39-1.25 in the triple jump and Scott was seventh in the 800-meter run (1:59.24).

Sophomore Ryan Wittenberg (Bedford, NH) crossed the finish line three spots ahead of Scott in the 800 with a time of 1:58.20. Junior Matt Bennett (Southington, CT) also finished fourth with a shove of 45-4.25 in the shot put.

Senior Brian D'Amore (Medfield, MA) took fifth in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.25 as did classmate Daniel Mortimer (Shrewsbury, MA) in the 1,000-meter run (2:41.22).

Junior Jason Bugarin (Fitchburg, MA) posted an eighth-place 15:46.84 in the 5,000-meter run while freshman Garth Hull (Arlington, MA) ended up in a three-way tie for eighth with a 5-8 in the high jump. Sophomore Lucas Gagne (Franklin, NH) was just over a foot off an eighth-place distance with an even 42 feet in the weight throw.


Individual Postseason Qualifiers

Name Event Performance Meet Qualified For NCAA Top 50
Nick Fleury 60m 7.14 Springfield College Season Opener DIII NE
Hugh Whelan 60m 7.17 Wheaton Invitational DIII NE  
Antoine Harris 60m 7.17 Springfield College Season Opener DIII NE

Alex Rus 200m 22.68 2017 Bowdoin Indoor Invitational #1 DIII NE, NEICAAA 37
Alex Rus 400m 49.93 Wheaton Invitational DIII NE, NEICAAA 16
Paul-Henry Schoenhagen 400m 50.84 2017 Bowdoin Indoor Invitational #1 DIII NE
Andrew Kelly 400m 51.53 Wheaton Invitational DIII NE  
Warren Staver 500m 1:04.63 (600) 2017 Bowdoin Indoor Invitational #1 NEICAAA -----
Warren Staver 600m 1:22.67 2017 Bowdoin Indoor Invitational #1 DIII NE -----
Ryan Wittenberg 600m 1:25.22 2017 Bowdoin Indoor Invitational #1 DIII NE -----
Ryan Wittenberg 800m 1:58.20* Middlebury Invitational
Austin Scott 800m 1:59.24 Middlebury Invitational DIII NE  
Tom Hanlon 1000m 2:35.21 2017 Bowdoin Indoor Invitational #1 DIII NE -----
Austin Scott Mile 4:21.66* Middlebury Invitational
Tom Hanlon Mile 4:24.37 Middlebury Invitational DIII NE  
Fabian Gaziano 60H 8.86 Wheaton Invitational DIII NE  
Brandon Hoghaug High Jump 6-4 2017 Bowdoin Indoor Invitational #1
Jack DeVine High Jump 6-4 2017 Bowdoin Indoor Invitational #1 DIII NE
Lucas Acaba Pole Vault 13-5.25 Wheaton Invitatonal DIII NE  
Matt Bennett Shot Put 45-4.25* Middlebury Invitational DIII NE  
Nick Dalton Heptathlon 4,237 Wheaton Invitational
David Frederick Heptathlon 3,887 Wheaton Invitational   49

*Improved on previous qualifying performance | Top 15 declared in each event qualifies for NCAA Championships