Thomas Sweeps Hurdles as Men's Track and Field Wins First-Ever NEWMAC Championship

2021 NEWMAC Men's Track and Field Champions

New London, CT --- At the Nitchman Field track on Sunday, the WPI men's track and field team claimed the program's first-ever NEWMAC Championship as the Engineers finished the day with a total of 241 points. With six event wins, the team finished with a 69.5-point margin of victory over runner-up Springfield. Prior to this year, the Engineers had posted eight straight runner-up performances. 

This marks the first men's championship for 13th-year head coach Brian Chabot and the first time that the Engineers have swept both the men's and women's NEWMAC titles. 

In the first event of the day, Logan Gaudette (Holden, MA) placed second in the 10K in 32:40.40, followed in fourth by Matthew McAlarney (Lexington, MA) in a time of 33:51.86. Connor Gaudette (Holden, MA) scored with a sixth-place showing in 33:38.18 to go along with a seventh-place finish by Blake Audibert (Milford, NH) at 35:55.26. 

The first win of the meet for the Engineers came in the 4x100 relay as Oliver Thomas (Goffstown, NH), Tristan Andrew (Newtown, CT), Matt Adiletta (Bolton, MA) and Matt Lacadie (Milford, CT) led from wire-to-wire and crossed in 42.22 seconds. The next victory was in the 1,500m with Tom Hanlon (Derry, NH) crossing in 4:02.69 to earn 10 points. Brian Brooks (Brewster, MA) was second in 4:03.58, along with Owen Lally (Lebanon, CT) in fifth (4:15.11) and James Kahn (Pacific Palisades, CA) in eighth (4:20.20). 

In the 110-meter hurdles final, Thomas led four Engineers with the victory in a school-record time of 14.40 seconds. Malek ElShakhs (Storrs, CT) was second at 14.55, along with Anthony Algieri (Nutley, NJ) in fourth in 15.10 and Matt Lacadie (Milford, CT) in seventh in 15.86. Oliver completed the hurdles sweep later in the day in the 400m hurdles as he won in a time of 57.87 seconds. Christopher Showan (Carver, MA) finished fourth in 59.46 and was followed by Lacadie in sixth (1:00.65) and Algieri in ninth (1:02.76). 

Ben Steeves (Hollis, ME) earned the win in the 800m, establishing a new championship record in the process, as he pushed ahead after a lap and finished in 1:52.99. Brooks crossed in fourth at 1:57.62 to go along with an 11th-place finish from Hanlon with a time of 2:00.40. 

In the 5,000m, David Reynolds (Andover, NH) picked up the victory with a time of 15:34.34. Avinash Bissoondial (Millbury, MA) placed fourth in 16:06.18, along with Robert Doyle (Bethel, CT) in fifth (16:12.54) and Alex Simoneau (Attleboro, MA) in ninth (16:52.95). 

The Engineers earned 20 points in the shot put, led by runner-up Patrick Hagearty (Londonderry, NH) at 42-9.5. Tyler Guertin (Holyoke, MA) was third at 42-2.25, followed by Sam Furman (Groton, MA) in fourth (41-6.5) and Sullivan Boyd (Woolwich, ME) in fifth (41-3.75). On the track, the squad earned 20 points in the 3,000m steeplechase as well as David Reynolds (Andover, NH) led the team in second at 10:01.28. Andrew Yatsuhashi (Reading, MA) crossed in third in 10:05.83 with Jarrett Gulden (Walpole, ME) in fourth in 10:14.21 and Matt Reynolds (Andover, NH) in fifth with a time of 10:24.33. 

In the javelin, Mike Reilly (Stoneham, MA) was third with a throw of 155-4 and he was followed closely in fourth by Michael Corace (Spotswood, NJ) at 155-1. Whitney led three Engineers in the long jump as he checked in at fourth with a leap of 21-7.25. Andrew Sifferlen (Sudbury, MA) was fifth at 21-5.5 and Reilly placed 10th with a leap of 19-11. 

Sifferlen paced four Engineers in the high jump in second with a clearance of 6-2.75. Reilly was fourth at 6-2.75, followed by ElShakhs in fifth at 6-0.75 and Nichols Fiorenza (Oakton, VA) in 10th at 5-7. Andrew scored in the triple jump with a leap of 40-4 that was good for sixth place, while ElShakhs finished seventh at 39-6.5. 

The team continued to build its lead in the hammer throw with Boyd finishing second with a throw of 146-10. Furman and Guertin were fourth and fifth, respectively, at 130-3 and 120-10, while Charles Phelan (Warwick, NY) finished seventh with a distance of 119-1. 

In the 400m, Nate Meyer (Princeton, MA) scored with a fifth-place finish in 50.73 seconds. Robert Dec crossed in 11th (52.66), followed by Devin Coughlin (Newton, MA) in 12th (52.93) and Yossef Naim (Marlboro, MA) in 13th (53.26). Adiletta and Andrew both scored in the 100m as Adiletta was fourth at 11.04 and Andrew placed sixth in 11.31 seconds. Andrew scored in the 200m as well with a time of 22.78 to finish in fourth and Adiletta placed 10th. 

In the discus, Hagearty finished second with a toss of 127 feet with Guertin in third at 126-1 and Phelan finishing sixth with a throw of 118-9. Four Engineers competed in the pole vault, led by a runner-up finish from Matthew Gadziala (Clinton, NY) at a clearance of 13-11.25. Ari Athair (Port Angeles, WA) was third with the same height, along with Chris Nguyen (Tewksbury, MA) in sixth and Reilly in seventh with identical marks of 11-5.75. 

WPI capped the meet with a third-place showing in the 4x400 relay as the team of Meyer, Dec, Lally and Steeves ran a time of 3:28.64. 

The Engineers are back in action on Saturday, May 8 as the team travels to the Tufts Invitational for a 11am start.