Lowell, MA --- Graduate student Benjamin Steeves (Hollis, ME) took down the oldest WPI men's track and field school record still standing, leading the Engineers to a solid showing at the George Davis Invitational at UMass-Lowell on Saturday.
Steeves ran a blistering time of 3:50.02 in the 1500 to take second in the event and break a 45-year-old Engineer standard. He bested the previous WPI school mark by over two seconds, topping the Engineers' first-ever All-American, Alan Briggs, who ran a 3:52.6 in 1976.
After Steeves, WPI had 16 other top-ten performances at the meet, including a pair from Andrew Whitney (North Kingston, RI). He recorded a best leap of 6.55m in the long jump to place fifth overall with a D3 New England Championship mark. Whitney was also third in the 100-meter dash, finishing in 11.04.
The Engineers had three top-ten finishes in the pole vault, with all three hitting the D3 New England standard. Mike Reilly (Stoneham, MA) was fifth, Will Pagliarulo (Bedford, NH) was seventh, and Matt Gadziala (Clinton, NY) was eighth, with all three recording best throws of 4.25m.
Rounding out the field events, Matthew Catuccio (Trumbull, CT) was fifth in the high jump with a 1.93m and Michael Neff (West Hartford, CT) and Ben Furman (Groton, MA) were seventh and eighth in the javelin, with throws of 51.05m and 51.03m, respectively.
On the track side, Brian Brooks (Brewster, MA) followed Steeves' record-breaking 1500 with a fast time of his own. He went 3:52.86 to take sixth and was just .26 off the previous fastest WPI time.
Owen Lally (Lebanon, CT) had a solid race in the 800-meter run, going 1:53.07 to place fifth overall.
In the hurdles, the Engineers had two top-ten performances in both the 110-meter and 400-meter events. In the 110m hurdles, Anthony Algieri (Nutley, NJ) was sixth (15.82), while Matt Lacadie (Milford, CT) was 10th (16.41). While in the 400m hurdles, Christopher Showan (Carver, MA) was sixth (59.75) and Ben Skiba (Mendon, MA) was ninth (1:02.30).
WPI is back in action at the 2022 NEWMAC Outdoor Championships at Smith next Saturday.