Five Engineers Win Titles as Men's Track & Field Takes Second at NEWMAC Championships

Jarrett Gulden - WPI Men's Track & Field 2022

Northampton, MA --- The WPI men's track and field team recorded 201.5 points in a runner-up finish at the 2022 NEWMAC Track and Field Championships at Smith College on Saturday. 

The Engineers finished second to MIT, who took the team title with 246.5 points. Springfield took third place with 167 points, followed by Babson (66), Coast Guard (50), and Wheaton (39). 

Five WPI student-athletes claimed NEWMAC titles, while WPI had 10 total All-NEWMAC finishes. 

Newly crowned NEWMAC Champions included Oliver Thomas (Goffstown, NH), Matthew Catuccio (Trumbull, CT), Owen Lally (Lebanon, CT), Benjamin Steeves (Hollis, ME), and Jarrett Gulden (South Bristol, ME). 

Thomas won the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.31, breaking his own school record in the process. He also nabbed All-NEWMAC honors with a runner-up finish in the 400-meter hurdles, going 55.34. 

Catuccio is the NEWMAC high jump champion, clearing a mark of 1.90m. He also took seventh in the triple jump with a best leap of 12.33m. Will Pagliarulo (Bedford, NH) was just behind him in the high jump, tying for fourth with a best mark of 1.80m. 

Steeves scored points for WPI in two individual events. He won the 1500-meter race in a time of 3:57.07, while also earning All-NEWMAC honors in the 800-meter race in 1:53.96. 

Lally was the 800 champion, winning it in a time of 1:53.24. 

Gulden led four WPI scorers in the 3000-meter steeplechase, winning the event in a time of 9:38.86. Ryan Fischer (Merrimack, NH) was an All-NEWMAC finisher with a second-place time of 9:45.29, while Andrew Yatsuhashi (Reading, MA) was sixth in 10:14.84 and Matthew Reynolds (Andover, NH) was eighth in 10:32.96. 

WPI's two relays each scored third-place points. The 4x100m team of Andrew Whitney (North Kingston, RI), Tristan Andrew (Newtown, CT) third 22.40, Matt Lacadie (Milford, CT), and Thomas finished in 42.02, while the 4x400m team of Thomas, Andrew, Nate Meyer (Princeton, MA), and Lally clocked in at 3:21.50. 

Engineers accounted for half of the scoring places in the javelin, led by an All-NEWMAC finish from Michael Neff (West Hartford, CT) who took second with a 52.91m effort. Ben Furman (Groton, MA) took sixth in 46.01m, while Mike Reilly (Stoneham, MA) was seventh with in 45.65m and Lucas Anthony (Lincoln, MA) finished eighth (45.42m). 

Brian Brooks (Brewster, MA) also nabbed All-NEWMAC honors taking second in the 1,500-meter run in a time of 4:00.06. Avinash Bissoondial (Millbury, MA) was seventh in the same event, going 4:08.01. 

In the 10,000-meter run, Logan Gaudette (Holden, MA) took down a 12-year-old WPI record with a time of 31:48.45. His brother Connor Gaudette (Holden, MA) also scored points, placing seventh with a PR of 33:21.87. 

Three WPI runners scored in each of the hurdle events. After Thomas in the 110m distance, it was Nicholas Fiorenza (Oakton, VA) in third with a 14.87 and Anthony Algieri (Nutley, NJ) in sixth with a time of 15.31. After Thomas in the 400m distance, Fiorenza was fourth in 58.15 and Christopher Showan (Carver, MA) was sixth in 1:00.73. 

Three Engineers also scored in both the pole vault and triple jump events. In the pole vault, Mike Reilly (Stoneham, MA) was fourth clearing 4.15m, Will Pagliarulo (Bedford, NH) was fifth clearing 3.85m, and Matt Gadziala (Clinton, NY) was sixth clearing 3.70m. In the triple jump, Andrew was fourth in 13.14m, Isaac Frederique (Methuen, MA) was fifth at 12.61m, then Catuccio's seventh place mark. 

Four other Engineers finished in the top five, as Brian Brooks (Brewster, MA) was fourth (15:16.37) in the 5000m and Avinash Bissoondial (Millbury, MA) was fifth (15:23.02) in the same event. Patrick Hagearty (Londonderry, NH) was third in the discus in 39.13m and Andrew took third in the 200-meter dash in 22.40. 

Whitney scored in three individual events for the Engineers, while Sam Furman (Groton, MA) earned points in two. Whitney was sixth in the 200-meter dash (22.61), seventh in the 100-meter dash (10.94), and eighth in the long jump (6.42m), while Furman was sixth in the shot put (13.00m), and eighth in the discus 35.88m. 

Rounding out the highlights for WPI, Nate Meyer (Princeton, MA) took sixth in the 400-meter dash in 50.89, Frederique was seventh in the long jump (6.42m), and Patrick Hagearty (Londonderry, NH) was eighth in the hammer, throwing 37.00m. 

Up next for the Engineers, qualified student-athletes will compete at the 2022 New England Division III Championships. The two-day event is being hosted by Williams on May 6 and 7.