In an exhilarating race for first place in the men’s 400 meters that was ultimately decided by a separation of eight thousandths of a second, RPI freshman Jason Hall was declared the winner after crossing side by side with junior Max Drexler. Theirs was the second-fastest heat of the 400 on Saturday at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s quad meet, earning them fifth and sixth overall after the running of the final heat. Overall, the Engineers placed runner up to the host, with the men earning 157 points to MIT’s 227, and the women scoring 155-206.5.
Reigning Division III discus champion senior Tyler Yeastedt now holds the season record after placing first in the event on Saturday with his mark of 49.96 meters. Also, at the meet, he challenged 21 others in the shot put and finished runner-up with his throw of 14.66 meters.
Also setting a record was sophomore Jaime Lord, who won the women’s 1500 meter race with her school record-setting time of 4:32.12. Establishing personal records alongside her were junior Maddie Dery and senior Loki Rasmussen who placed third and fifth respectively.
Racing his first 1500 of the season, junior Ben Fazio was victorious against 22 others with his time of 3:54.04. Coming in two seconds behind him in second was freshman Grant O’Connor.
For the first time in his collegiate career, freshman Sean O’Connor took on the 5000 meters and posted an intimidating 15:04.32 to finish second. Junior Matthew Cicciu sprinted in to finish in 15:05.72 two spots back, in fourth. The top-placer for RPI in the women’s 5000 was junior Allison Thayer, who ran a personal record time of 18:36.90, beating her previous by almost 20 seconds.
The women’s 400 was won by MIT; however, junior Sabrina Ahamparam reached the line third in 1:03.99. Senior Alexa Sakorafos and junior Jodi Wrzosek came in fourth and fifth respectively in the women’s 800. Junior Garrett Davis was fourth in the men’s with 1:58.26.
Freshman Rory McCarthy competed in both hurdles, taking third in the men’s 110 meter hurdles in 16.68 and sixth in the men’s 400 meter hurdles in 58.13. Sophomore Caroline Howes placed fourth in the women’s 400 meter hurdles. Later, in the women’s 4 x 400 meter relay at the end of the meet, both Rensselaer’s A and B teams finished one after another in second and third.
Running in both sprints were sophomore Monica Mazur and junior Sara Khedr. Both finished back-to-back in fifth and sixth respectively in the 100 meter dash. Mazur sprinted to fourth in 27.23 in the 200, while Khedr finished sixth. Sophomore Jan Bartos earned fifth in the men’s 100 and sixth overall in the men’s 200.
The outstanding high jumper of the meet was junior Erik Trinkle, who attained a winning height of 1.88 meters, or six feet two inches. He came close to scratching at 1.83 meters following two strikes, but on his final attempt, he cleared the bar and went on to surpass the final mark on his first try while his three remaining opponents all failed after three attempts each. Teammate Max Maritato was the runner-up, at the mark where Trinkle nearly scratched.
The Engineers also found favor in the women’s high jump, where freshman Lauren Parker cleared the bar at 1.53 meters to place second. In the triple jump, junior Vicky Buehler took third with her jump of 10.36 meters.
Sophomore Matt Vitagliano was fifth in the men’s long jump with his mark of 6.23 meters. Senior Nathan Ogilvie and freshman Joseph Vetere took third and fourth in the pole vault. Senior Mike Pensanello led the hammer throw with his third-place 51.37 meter mark. Junior Joe Grella was third in the javelin with his throw of 49.16 meters.
Senior Andrea Ukleja established a fourth-place shot put mark of 11.07 meters in the shadow of three MIT frontrunners. She also competed in the hammer throw, where she placed third with her 42.34 meter mark. In the discus, she was one of a group of four to place third through sixth.
The first home meet of the season will be this Saturday beginning at 11 am at Harkness Field. The Engineers will visit Connecticut College the preceding day to participate in the Silfen Invitational.