Springfield, MA --- A New England Champion and 12 All-New England performances highlighted a fifth place finish at the DIII New England Championships that were held on the campus of Springfield over the course of Friday and Saturday, February 28-29 for the WPI men's track and field team.
Johann Bradley (Slidell, LA) started the meet off with a bang, adding yet another title to his collection, his sixth of the 2020 indoor season, when he came away with the New England Championship title in the pole vault while also setting a school record in the process with a height of 4.85m (15-11) in his first attempt at the height. He was the lone vaulter to achieve that feat at the meet.
Also seeing success on day one, which continued into day two, was multi-eventer Andrew Sifferlen (Sudbury, MA) who set six personal records and tied yet another in the heptathlon en route to a sixth place finish, finishing with 4,516 points and All-New England Honors.
A trio of Engineers rounded out Friday's action in the 5000m run as David Reynolds (Andover, NH), Jake Scarponi (Barrington, NH) and Logan Gaudette (Holden, MA) finished ninth, 22nd and 27th respectively in the trek. Reynolds finished the distance in 15:14.43 while Scarponi and Gaudette crossed the line in 15:39.52 and 15:52.86.
Malek ElShakhs (Storrs, CT) and Nichols Fiorenza (Oakton, VA) earned All-New England honors by finishing 3-4 in the 60m dash, both crossing the line in 8.29 seconds. The duo also finished with the exact same time of 8.308 seconds in the preliminary trials.
The duo of Brian Brooks (Brewster, MA) and Tom Hanlon (Derry, NH) earned a consecutive finish taking seventh and eighth in the 1Mile Run with Brooks crossing first in 4:17.92 and Hanlon just a couple seconds later in 4:19.86 while the duo of Ben Steeves (Hollis, ME) and Nate Meyer (Princeton, MA) earned third (1:54.81) and sixth (1:56.12) place finishes in the 800m run, while all four earned All-New England Honors for their efforts.
Also named to the All-New England squad were Alex Rus (Newton, MA) who found a spot on the podium with a third place, 50.25 second finish in the 400m dash and mid-distance runner Avery Ingegneri (Warwick, RI), who took eighth in the 1000m run in 2:35.10.
The meet concluded with a pair of relays as the 4x400 squad of Quinton Schimmel (Monroe Township, NJ), Rus, Nick Fleury (Hopkington, NH) and Meyer finished in 3:27.74 for 10th place while the 4x800m team of Hanlon, Brooks, Ingegneri, and Steeves were just .07 seconds away from a New England Championship title with their tremendous 7:54.50 run to conclude the meet.
MIT earned the victory on the men's side of things with a massive 171 point total besting second place Williams (104), third place Tufts (67.50) and fourth place Amherst (66). The WPI Engineers finished with 51 total points in the meet for its second best performance in program history, after last year's third place finish.
Some of the indoor track and field squad will be back in action next weekend at the Tufts Final Qualifier on Saturday, March 7 as they vie for a spot in, or improve upon their entry for, the NCAA Championships which will take place the following weekend, March 13-14 in Winston-Salem, NC.