Rus Repeats as Men’s Track & Field Takes Second at 2019 NEWMAC Championships

Michael Brady

Springfield, MA --- Four individuals, including repeat champion junior Alex Rus (Newton, MA), and a relay earned conference titles at the 2019 NEWMAC Track & Field Championships, hosted by Springfield. As a team, Men's Track & Field posted its eighth consecutive runner up finish at the event.

No. 3 MIT claimed its 19th title in 20 years with 275 points. New England No. 5 WPI followed with 183 while New England No. 13 Springfield was third (107). New England No. 12 Coast Guard took fourth (105), followed by Wheaton (50) and Babson (46).

The top two finishers in each event earn NEWMAC All-conference honors with the champion being named to the first team and the runner up earning second team honors.

Rus secured the 400-meter dash for the second consecutive year, this time with a 49.86 while classmate Nick Fleury (Hopkinton, NH) followed in third (51.26). Senior Michael Brady (Medway, MA), a 2017 and 2018 runner up, broke the tape with a time of 15:33.07. Freshman Brian Brooks (Brewster, MA) debuted in fourth (15:55.01) as classmate Alexander Simoneau (Attleboro, MA) and senior Remington Gaetjens (Limerick, ME) were seventh (16:19.93) and eighth (16:21.28), respectively.

Junior Quinton Schimmel (Monroe Township, NJ) won the 400-meter hurdles with a personal-best 56.11 and senior Ryan Wittenberg (Bedford, NH) crossed the finish line first in the 800-meter run (1:54.79). Sophomore Ben Steeves (Hollis, ME) trailed in sixth (1:58.30). The 4x400-meter relay consisting of freshman Nate Meyer (Princeton, MA), freshman Owen Lally (Lebanon, CT), Steeves, who was on last year's second-place team, and Wittenberg, who was a member of the 2016 and 2017 runner up quartet, closed out the meet with a winning time of 3:26.70.

Led by freshman Andrew Whitney (North Kingston, RI) and his PR of 22-7.75, a trio of Engineers were second, third and fourth in the long jump. Junior William Kopellas (Needham, MA) leaped 22-4.5 and Fleury went 22-2.25.

Junior Fabian Gaziano (Wilbraham, MA), the 2017 110-meter hurdle champion, was second with a time of 15.32, .05 quicker than his time two years ago. Sophomores Mark Bray (Shrewsbury, MA) and Malek Elshakhs (Storrs, CT) finished in sixth (16.05) and eighth (16.90). Brooks came home second in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:09.78 while Gaetjens took seventh (4:20.31).

Senior Antoine Harris (Southington, CT) took third (22.70) and Rus, the 2018 runner up, crossed the line fifth (22.99) in the 200-meter dash, as did junior Matt Jankowski (Burlington, MA) and freshman Sam Furman (Groton, MA) with distances of 44-5.5 and 42-10.25 in the shot put. Harris added another third place finish, this time in the 100-meter dash (10.93). Sophomore Matt Adiletta (Bolton, MA) came home sixth (11.19) and Whitney was eighth (11.85). Sophomore Johann Bradley (Slidell, LA) finished third in the pole vault with a clearance of 14-11 as classmate Nathaniel Shimkus (Hope Valley, RI) placed sixth (12-11.5).

Senior Lucas Gagne (Franklin, NH) placed fourth in the discus by sending it 136 feet. Graduate Student Kyle Gerlach (Smithfield, RI) and freshman Andrew Yatsuhashi (Reading, MA) were fourth (10:09.65) and fifth (10:20.05) in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Junior Mike Corace (Spotswood, NJ) chipped in with a fourth-place toss of 171-3 in the javelin as senior Evan Bossio (Pittsfield, MA) took eighth (140-7).

Whitney was also fifth (43-2.25) in the triple jump to go with a sixth-place 43-2.25 by Adiletta. Sophomore Logan Gaudette (Holden, MA) and senior Matt Rabasco (Pittsfield, MA) kicked off the track portion of the day with a fifth-place 33:04.23 and eight-place 34:06.28 in the 10,000-meter run.

The high jump saw junior Garth Hull (Arlington, MA) clear 6-0.75 to take sixth while senior Kevin Pawlak (Westford, MA) and freshman Mike Reilly (Stoneham, MA) were eighth and ninth despite both being successful at 5-8.75.

Select members of the team will compete at the New England Division III Championships Friday and Saturday at Williams.