Boston, MA --- Led by record-breaking performances from fifth-year Brian Brooks (Brewster, MA) and senior David Reynolds (Andover, NH), the WPI men's track and field team had a successful day competing at the UMass Flagship Invitational held at the Track at New Balance on Sunday.
Brooks bested his own school record in the mile where he placed fifth overall in 4:11.93. That tops his mark of 4:12.63 which he set last season. Reynolds broke an eight-year-old school record in the 3,000-meter run, lowering it to 8:33.62, in an eighth-place finish. Ryan Moran '15 set the previous best mark of 8:36.42 in 2015.
Overall the Engineers had seven student-athletes posting New England Division III qualifying marks. In addition to Brooks and Reynolds, graduate student Anthony Algieri (Nutley, NJ) ran a 8.73 in the 60-meter hurdle prelims to qualify, while freshman Gavin Fleck (Bend, OR), and sophomore Will Pagliarulo (Bedford, NH) qualified in pole vault. Fleck was sixth in 4.45m, while Pagliarulo was ninth in 4.15m and took 14th (1.81m) in the high jump.
WPI had two qualifiers in the high jump -- freshmen Dylan Serreyn (Windom, MN) and sophomore Matthew Catuccio (Trumbull, CT). Serreyn was sixth with a mark of 1.91m, while Catuccio took ninth, also with a 1.91m. Serreyn rounded out his meet with a ninth-place finish in the triple jump (12.90m).
Also putting up top-10 finishes for WPI were junior Robby Doyle (Bethel, CT), sophomore Sean Corman (Waterford, CT). Doyle was sixth in the 5000-meter run in 15:53.63, while Corman was seventh in 16:13.93.
Three Engineers took top-15 placements in the 500-meter run, led by a 10th-place finish from freshman Everett Mosher (Chester, VT) who ran a 1:08.88. Classmate Anthony Minichiello (Burlington, MA) took 11th in the event in 1:10.17, while junior Jack Robertson (Uxbridge, MA) was 13th in 1:13.62.
In the 800-meter run, it was another three WPI finishers in the top 25. Freshman Thomas Skerry (Dedham, MA) led the way in 15th (2:01.10), with sophomore Brendan May (Rutland, MA) in 18th (2:01.94) and junior Andrew Peyton (Merrimack, NH) in 21st (2:08.61).
Brett Gerlach (Lock Haven, PA) posted a pair of 12th place finishes, earning the placement in both the high jump (1.86m) and the triple jump (12.43m).
Sophomore Ryan Fischer (Merrimack, NH) and graduate student Andrew Yatsuhashi (Reading, MA) both tallied top 25 marks in the 3000-meter run. Fischer was 23rd in 8:59.98 and Yatsuhashi was 24th in 9:10.48.
Other Engineers with top-25 individual placements included senior Matthew Reynolds (Andover, NH), senior Isaac Frederique (Methuen, MA), and freshman Nate Cournean (Canton, CT). Reynolds was 15th (2:56.35) in the 1,000-meter run, Frederique was 25th (6.19m) in the long jump, and Cournean was 25th (15.20) in the 60-meter hurdles.
The Engineers are back in action at the two-day Tufts Multi Meet next weekend. The action starts on Friday at 4pm and continues on Saturday at 9am.