Scarponi and Brady Lead Men’s Cross Country to 45th Worcester City Crown

Michael Brady and Jake Scarponi (credit: Kevin O'Driscoll)

Paxton, MA --- The WPI men's cross country team earned a perfect score for the fourth consecutive year en route to the program's 45th Worcester City Meet title Saturday at Moore State Park. Junior Jake Scarponi (Barrington, NH) was the individual champion while senior Michael Brady (Medway, MA) earned the Brian Savilonis Award.

The Engineers (15 points) were followed by Worcester State (50), Fitchburg State (93) and Clark (99), Anna Maria also had a pair of entries in this year's race.

Scarponi broke the tape in a time of 27:27 and Brady was eight seconds behind (27:35). Freshman Owen Lally (Lebanon, CT) came home third in his debut (27:48) as junior Tom Hanlon (Derry, NH), junior Avery Ingegneri (Warwick, RI), last year's champion, and sophomore Logan Gaudette (Holden, MA) were fourth (28:02), fifth (28:20), and sixth (28:24), respectively. Graduate student Kyle Gerlach (Smithfield, RI) placed ninth (28:42) in his return to the Engineer lineup.

Freshman Brian Brooks (Brewster, MA), senior Matt Rabasco (Pittsfield, MA), senior Remington Gaetjens (Limerick, ME) and freshman Blake Audibert (Milford, NH) represented 10th through 14th place. Freshmen Alexander Simoneau (Attleboro, MA), Nate Meyer (Princeton, MA) and Andrew Yatsuhashi (Reading, MA) also posted a top 20 finish.

In addition to the activity on the course, the WPI cross country and track & field teams began a two-week food drive to benefit Why Me/Sherry's House, which serves families who have a child battling cancer.

The Crimson and Gray are at UMass Dartmouth Saturday.


Brian Savilonis Award

Presented to the top finishing seniors at the Worcester City Meet, the Brian Savilonis Award honors a man who had been the head coach of the women's program since its inception in 1985.  Savilonis also took the reins of the women's track and field program for a decade before relinquishing his track and field duties to focus on both the men's and women's cross country squads.  The 2010 season marked his 26th year with the women's cross country program and 17th with the men's.  Savilonis remains at the university as a professor of mechanical engineering. 

  Men's Winner Women's Winner
2019* ----- -----
2018 Michael Brady, WPI Mia Rogers, Worcester St.
2017 Tristam Winship, WPI Kristen Glennie, Clark
2016 Dan Mortimer, WPI Rachel Avard, Assumption
2015 Ryan Moran, WPI^ Julie Tevenan, WPI
2014 Joe Kelly, WPI Cassie Lincoln, Assumption*
2013 Nathan Buck, Clark* Hannah McCallum, WPI
2012 Josh Brodin, WPI Vicky Hewey, WPI*
2011 Chris Kibler, Fitchburg St.* Isabel Burgess, Clark
* Individual Champion  
^ Graduate Student  

 *WPI did not participate in City Meet in 2019