Thomas Wins in Record Fashion as Men’s Track and Field Competes at BU

Oliver Thomas - WPI Track & Field 2022

BOSTON -- Graduate student Oliver Thomas (Goffstown, NH) twice broke his own 60-meter hurdle school record, highlighting the WPI men's track and field team in action at the BU Valentine Invitational on Saturday. 

Thomas opened the day by lowering his school-best mark, running a 7.91 in the preliminaries. Just over an hour later, he again broke his record, winning the event in a blazing 7.82 seconds, tying him for the second-best mark ever run in NCAA Division III action. The Engineers now claim three all-time NCAA Division III Indoor Top 10s with Sydney Packard third in the women's 800 meters and Ryan Wittenberg seventh in the men's 800 meters. 

WPI had three entries in the 800 meter run, led by Benjamin Steeves running a personal best 1:51.50, which currrently places him fifth on this season's NCAA descending order list. Owen Lally (Lebanon, CT) had a solid showing with a time of 1:56.69, while Ryan Fischer (Merrimack, NH) also notched a personal best, finishing in 1:57.14. 

Nate Meyer (Princeton, MA) led a trio of 400 meter racers, finishing in 50.63, followed by Tristan Andrew (Newtown, CT) in 50.69 and Robert Dec (West Springfield, MA) in 52.17. Andrew Whitney (North Kingston, RI) had a solid 200 meter race, finishing in 22.97. 

In the distance events, David Reynolds (Andover, NH) and Logan Gaudette (Holden, MA) raced in the 5,000 meter, with Reynolds clocking in at 15:01 and Gaudette at 15:44. 

Wrapping up the action for the Engineers were a pair of personal bests in the mile. Avinash Bissoondial (Millbury, MA) recorded a time of 4:22.62, while Alex Simoneau (Attleboro, MA) ran a 4:25.21. 

WPI competes again next weekend traveling to the Springfield Invitational.