Medford, MA --- The Tufts Last Chance Meet proved to be fruitful for the WPI track and field program, as the Engineers men's distance medley relay recorded a time that will qualify them for the NCAA Championships, also setting a new school record in the process.
Fresh off an All-New England finish, the DMR team of Benjamin Steeves (Hollis, ME), Nate Meyer (Princeton, MA), Owen Lally (Lebanon, CT), and Brian Brooks (Brewster, MA) finished third overall, running a time of 9:58.97. They topped the previous school record of 10:01.16 set in 2018 by Tom Hanlon, Warren Staver, Ryan Wittenberg, and Austin Scott.
The DMR result highlighted a solid end to the regular season, with three Engineers recording individual top five finishes.
Matthew Catuccio (Trumbull, CT) led the way with a third place finish in the high jump, going 1.96m. Nicholas Fiorenza (Oakton, VA) added a fourth place finish in the 60m hurdles (8.38), while Tristan Andrew (Newtown, CT) was fifth in the 200m dash in 22.80.
Wrapping up the men's performances for WPI, Andrew Whitney (North Kingston, RI) was eighth in the long jump, with a leap of 6.30m.
On the women's side all five Engineers finished in the top 10 in their respective events, led by a second place finish from Katy Nippert (Salem, NH). Nippert went 7.71 in the 60m dash finals, just .03 back of the winning time. Also racing in the event was Vivienne Evans (Newtown Square, PA) who took seventh in 7.87.
Janelle Knight (Santa Barbara, CA) and Dreya Martin (Franklin, MA) both tallied third place finishes at the event. Knight ran a 35.65 in the 200m dash, while Martin was third in the high jump in 1.61m.
Bridget Wirtz (Branford, CT) rounded out the meet with a 10th place finish in the pole vault, going 3.21m.
The 2022 NCAA Division III Indoor Championships will be contested March 11 and 12 at JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem, NC. Full selections will be announced on NCAA.com on Sunday, March 6 at 7pm.