Thomas and Steeves Earn All-America Honors at NCAA Indoor Championships

Oliver Thomas Benjamin Steeves - WPI Track and Field 2022

Winston-Salem, NC --- The WPI men's indoor track and field team was two-for-two with All-America honors on the final day of the 2022 NCAA DIII Indoor Track and Field Championships. Graduate students Oliver Thomas (Goffstown, NH) and Benjamin Steeves (Hollis, ME) both raced to the national honors, with Thomas taking second in the 60m hurdles and Steeves placing seventh in the 800m race. 

As the national runner-up, Thomas matched WPI's best ever finish at the NCAA Championships. He finished his race in a time of 7.948, just .005 off of the NCAA Champion, Andrew Whitaker of Washington University, who ran a 7.943 to take the title. Thomas now has four career All-America honors, three in the 60m hurdles and one in the 110 m hurdles (outdoor). 

Steeves earned his second All-America nod, his first as an individual, after previously earning the honor as a member of the distance medley relay team in 2020. He finished seventh in the 800m event in 1:54.78, improving his seed position by one spot.

The meet also included graduate student Katy Nippert (Salem, NH) earning All-America Friday with a seventh place showing in the women's long jump.  The three All-American awards now give WPI Track and Field 48 all-time with 30 occurring during Brian Chabot's 14-year tenure as head coach/director and mark the first three for newly-minted head coach Miles Ketchum.

The duo amassed 20 points for the Crimson and Gray, allowing WPI to finish in a tie for 21st place, tied for second among all East Region teams and tied for third among all New England schools.

Today's event wrapped up the indoor season for the Engineers.  The Engineers are back in action for the outdoor season on April 1 and 2 at the Bryant Black and Gold Invitational.