Wittenberg Wins as Four From Men’s Track & Field Qualify for DIII NE Championships

Jason Bugarin

Medford, MA --- The WPI men's track & field team collected four new Division III New England qualifying performances as the team participated in Saturday's Tufts Cupid Invitational. Additionally, a relay and an individual made the trip to New York for the Armory Track Invitational.

In the competition at Tufts, the region's eighth-ranked team competed alongside No. 2 MIT, No. 16 Tufts and Atlantic Region No. 5 Geneseo. The other teams featured Amherst, Brandeis, Conn. College, Wellesley and Wesleyan.

Sophomore Ryan Wittenberg (Bedford, NH) won the 400-meter dash to punch his ticket to the Division III New England meet with a time of 51.45. Freshman Matt Jankowski (Burlington, MA) earned his spot with a runner up 44-6.25 in the shot put, Senior Hugh Whelan (Madison, CT), who was already qualified, improved a pair of positions and .08 from the prelims to the finals en route to a third-place time of 7.15 in the 60-meter dash. It was .02 faster than his time at Wheaton. Senior Brian D'Amore (Medfield, MA), meanwhile, posted a 7.19 in the prelims and finals to take fifth and gain entry to the regional competition. Junior Jason Bugarin (Fitchburg, MA) punched his ticket with a fourth-place 8:51.93 in the 3,000-meter run.

In the pole vault, sophomore Lucas Acaba (Groton, MA) matched his qualifying height of 13-5.25, which was originally achieved at Wheaton, to take fourth. Despite falling a spot from the trials to the finals in the 60-meter hurdles, freshman Fabian Gaziano (Wilbraham, MA) clocked a seventh-place 8.86 which happened to be one of the times he handed in at Wheaton as well. Classmate Quinton Schimmel (Monroe Township, NJ) was eighth in both ends of the competition with a 9.28 in the prelims and a 9.15 in the finals. Senior Nathan Stomberg (W. Greenwich, RI) also handed in a strong performance with a 22nd-place 15:52.43 to PR in the 5,000-meter run.

Freshman Avery Ingegneri (Warwick, RI), senior David Goodrich (North Haven, CT), Wittenberg and freshman Tom Hanlon (Derry, NH) teamed for a third-place 8:20.36. They were followed by the foursome of Freshman Kevin O'Driscoll (Norwell, MA), senior Daniel Mortimer (Shrewsbury, MA), senior Kyle Morrison (York, ME) and junior Tristam Winship (Bedford, NH) collaborated for a fourth-place time of 8:43.61. Junior Matt Bennett (Southington, CT), meanwhile, was third in the shot put with a heave of 43-10.75. Junior Jack DeVine (Wilbraham, MA) led a trio of Engineers that took third through fifth in the long jump. DeVine went 20-3 while freshman Billy Kopellas (Needham, MA) leaped 20-2.25 and sophomore Kevin Pawlak (Westford, MA) soared 19-8. Junior Brandon Hoghaug (Douglas, MA) tied for seventh with a 19-5.50.

Hoghaug and DeVine were fourth (6-4) and fifth (6-2) in the high jump to go with a seventh-place 5-8 by freshman Garth Hull (Arlington, MA). Bennett added a fifth-place effort of 46 feet in the weight throw. Hanlon ended up sixth in the 1,000-meter run (2:34.67) as Goodrich was seventh (2:37.03) for the Engineers. Kopellas and O'Driscoll were seventh in the triple jump (39-5.25) and 600-meter run (1:26.89), respectively. D'Amore crossed the finish line ninth in the 200-,meter dash (23.99) and Mortimer was 13th in the mile (4:31.95).

Meanwhile at the Armory, the 4x400-meter relay team of junior Warren Staver (Centreville, MD), junior Andrew Kelly (Medford, MA), junior Paul-Henry Schoenhagen (Cleveland Heights, OH), and freshman Alex Rus (Newton, MA) handed in a raw time of 3:20.45. While the converted time of 3:23.45 is a top 10 time as of 8pm Saturday evening, the foursome's 3:22.52 from Wheaton sits seventh. Senior Austin Scott (Waddington, NY) turned in a converted mile time of 4:22.20, which was 18th out of 35 finishers.


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 7.15* Tufts Cupid Challenge
Antoine Harris 60m 7.17 Springfield College Season Opener DIII NE

Brian D'Amore 60m 7.19 Tufts Cupid Challenge DIII NE  
Alex Rus 200m 22.68 2017 Bowdoin Indoor Invitational #1 DIII NE, NEICAAA 40
Alex Rus 400m 49.93 Wheaton Invitational DIII NE, NEICAAA 20
Paul-Henry Schoenhagen 400m 50.84 2017 Bowdoin Indoor Invitational #1 DIII NE
Ryan Wittenberg 400m 51.45 Tufts Cupid Challenge 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 2:34.67* Tufts Cupid Challenge
DIII NE -----
Austin Scott Mile 4:21.66 Middlebury Invitational
Tom Hanlon Mile 4:24.37 Middlebury Invitational DIII NE  
Jason Bugarin 3000m 8:51.93 Tufts Cupid Challenge DIII NE  
Fabian Gaziano 60H 8.86 Wheaton Invitational DIII NE  
Brandon Hoghaug High Jump 6-4 Tufts Cupid Challenge
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  
Matt Jankowski Shot Put 44-6.25 Tufts Cupid Challenge DIII NE  
Nick Dalton Heptathlon 4,237 Wheaton Invitational
David Frederick Heptathlon 3,887 Wheaton Invitational  

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