Men’s 4x400m Shines as Track & Field Makes Final Push for NCAA Invitations

Xandria Korn

Medford, MA --- Junior Alex Rus (Newton, MA), senior Antoine Harris (Southington, CT), senior Ryan Wittenberg (Bedford, NH) and sophomore Ben Steeves (Hollis, ME) unofficially – as of 7pm Saturday night – moved from 16th to ninth on the NCAA Division III Track & Field Championships performance list as select members looked to make a final push to earn an invitation to the national meet or better their position on the national leaderboard at the Tufts Final Qualifier. The quartet closed out the day with a time of 3:19.43.

Sophomore Matt Adiletta (Bolton, MA) posted a 7.07 in the 60-meter dash prelims and a 7.14 in the final while classmate Johann Bradley (Slidell, LA) soared 14-5.25 in the pole vault.

In the women's pole vault, senior Carley Dykstra (Andover, NJ), who entered the week tied for sixth, and freshman Bridget Wirtz (Branford, CT) cleared 12-2.5 and 11-4.5, respectively. Only MIT alumnus, and four-time national champion, Cimran Virdi had a better height than Dykstra with a facility record 13-5.25, which reset her own standard established in 2015.

Senior Xandria Korn (Woodinville, WA) cleared 5-3 in the high jump while no one at this qualifier was able to displace 14th-ranked sophomore Katy Nippert (Salem, NH), who was penciled in to compete earlier in the week, in the long jump.  .

The 2019 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships participants are set to be revealed tomorrow evening. The Engineers won't have to travel far as the event is being hosted by UMass Boston on March 8-9 at the Reggie Lewis Center.