Men’s Track & Field’s Seven Wins, Depth Define Amherst Spring Fling Triumph

Fabian Gaziano

Amherst, MA --- Sophomore Alex Rus (Newton, MA) secured two of WPI's seven victories as Men's Track & Field handily won the Amherst Spring Fling on Saturday.

The sixth-ranked team in the region totaled 139 points to more than double second-place Brandeis (68). The Mammoths were third (51) as regional No. 2 Middlebury was fourth (49), national No. 19 Williams was fifth (42), Wheaton was sixth (19) and Wesleyan was seventh (17).

Rus took the 100- and 200-meter dashes in times of 11.14 and 22.31. Sophomore Fabian Gaziano (Wilbraham, MA) headlined the 110-meter hurdles (15.74) as classmate William Kopellas (Needham, MA) leaped 21-4.75 to win the long jump and senior Brandon Hoghaug (Douglas, MA) cleared 6-2 to deliver the high jump.

Freshman Oliver Thomas (Goffstown, NH), sophomore Nick Fleury (Hopkinton, NH), freshman Matt Adiletta (Bolton, MA) and junior Antoine Harris (Southington, CT) claimed the 4x100-meter dash in 43.40 while sophomore Tom Hanlon (Derry, NH), freshman Ben Steeves (Hollis, ME), senior Jimmy Doty (Queensbury, NY) and senior Warren Staver (Centreville, MD) won the head-to-head 4x800-meter relay with Wheaton in a time of 8:18.25.

Both Rus and the 4x800-meter relay are currently atop the NEWMAC performance list.

All six of the individual events mentioned so far also showcased the Engineers depth. Thomas, freshman Mark Bray (Shrewsbury, MA) and sophomore Quinton Schimmel (Monroe Township, NJ) earned points in the 110m hurdles as Harris, Fleury and Adiletta did the same in the 100m. Harris, senior Paul-Henry Schoenhagen (Cleveland Heights, OH) and Adiletta were in the 200m top six.

The high jump also included sophomore Garth Hull (Arlington, MA), freshman Parker Simpson (Enfield, CT) and senior Jack DeVine (Wilbraham, MA) as Simpson and junior Kevin Pawlak (Westford, MA) also represented the Crimson and Gray in the long jump.

Gaziano, Bray, Thomas and Schimmel collaborated to clock a 4x400-meter relay time of 3:29.97 to take second by .01 in a photo finish with Amherst. Schimmel secured second in the 400-meter hurdles (58.51) and sophomore Jake Scarponi (Barrington, NH) was the runner up with a 15:25.04 in the 5,000-meter run. Sophomore Matt Jankowski (Burlington, MA) was second in the shot put with a distance of 44 feet and, while both sent the javelin 155-3, junior Evan Bossio (Pittsfield, MA) edged senior Aaron Weeks (Pittsfield, MA) for second in the javelin. Sophomore Mike Corace (Spotswood, NJ) followed in fifth (146-10).

Staver claimed third in the 400-meter dash (50.69) to go with a third-place 13-11.25 by freshman Johann Bradley (Slidell, LA) in the pole vault. Freshman Nathaniel Shimkus (Hope Valley, RI) was a foot behind in fifth while senior Patrick Wang (Beijing, China) took fifth in the discus (116-11) and hammer (130-10). Hanlon also pitched in with a sixth-place 2:00.76 in the 800-meter run.

WPI travels to Conn. College Friday for the Elite Distance event and Saturday for the rest of the Silfen Invitational.