#24 Men’s Track & Field Takes Ninth at New England Championships

Ben Steeves - WPI Men's Track & Field 2022

Middlebury, VT --- The #24 WPI Men's track and field team finished ninth overall at the 2022 New England Division III Championships, competing on Friday and Saturday at Middlebury College. The Engineers accounted for seven All-New England honors, with six individual and one relay nod. 

The Crimson and Gray were led by Benjamin Steeves (Hollis, ME) and Brian Brooks (Brewster, MA) who each notched two All-New England performances. Steeves was WPI's highest individual finisher, taking second overall in the 800 meter run in 1:54.25, while Brooks was third in the mile, going 4:15.33. The duo added Owen Lally (Lebanon, CT) and Nate Meyer (Princeton, MA) to make up the All-New England distance medley relay team. They finished in 10:09.98 to take third place, as the top three teams all broke the previous meet record of 10:10.99. 

Rounding out the All-New England honorees for WPI were Nicholas Fiorenza (Oakton, VA), Andrew Whitney (North Kingston, RI), Andrew Sifferlen (Sudbury, MA) and Mike Reilly (Stoneham, MA). Fiorenza ran a season best 8.30 to take third overall in the 60-meter hurdles, while Whitney was fifth in the long jump (21-10.75). Sifferlen (4227 points) and Reilly (4095 points) were fifth and eighth in the heptathlon, respectively. 

Other top individual performances at the event came from Tristan Andrew (Newtown, CT), who finished ninth in the 200-meter dash with a personal best 22.77, and Christopher Showan (Carver, MA) who took 11th in the heptathlon with 3902 points. 

WPI's two other relay teams had solid placings, as the 4x400 and 4x800 teams both took 10th place. In the 4 x 400, it was Andrew, Robert Dec (West Springfield, MA), Fiorenza, and Steeves teaming up for a time of 3:30.78, while in the 4x800, Lally, Ryan Fischer (Merrimack, NH), Alex Simoneau (Attleboro, MA), and Brooks running a 8:09.91. 

In addition to the excellent showing by the team at Middlebury this weekend, WPI's Oliver Thomas (Goffstown, NH) will compete tomorrow at the USATF National Championships. Competition in the event will begin at 2:23pm eastern time Sunday with the finals scheduled for 6:33pm eastern.  The prelims can be viewed with a USATF.TV account ($12.99/month) while the final will be contested during CNBC's broadcast window of 5 to 7pm eastern. 

Up next for the Engineers, select athletes will compete at the Tufts Last Chance meet on Saturday, March 5. The 2022 NCAA Indoor Championships are the following weekend, March 11 and 12 in Winston-Salem, NC.