February 2009


Nicole Bradford, Director

 Diversity Programs Office

On behalf of the Diversity Programs Office, I would like to welcome you and encourage parents and friends of our university to attend one of the many Black History Month activities occurring in February. Events include performances, speakers, dinners, and workshops that focus on the culture and history of African Americans.

Schedule of Events for February

Feb. 2: Black History Month Kickoff Celebration, African percussion performance, Campus Center stage, noon to 1 p.m. Racial and cultural sensitivity training, Campus Center, Hagglund Room, 6-7 p.m. (Sponsored by the Office of Diversity Programs and Insight Health & Wellness)

Feb. 3: African-American art display, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Campus Center.

Feb. 4: Soul Food Luncheon Series, WPI Step Team performance, noon to 1 p.m., Campus Center, Stage Area

Feb. 5: "African-American Inventions that Changed Our World" presentation, 10 a.m. to noon, Elm Park School, Worcester

Feb. 6: WPI Black History Month dinner, 5:15 to 7 p.m., Campus Center Odeum. (Sponsored by the Office of Diversity Programs and the Black Student Union)

Friday Film Series: "The Great Debaters," 7:30 to 11 p.m., Salisbury Labs. (Sponsored by SocComm)

Feb. 10: Lunch & Learn with WPI Alumni: "Backback to Briefcase," noon to 1 p.m., Higgins House. (Sponsored by EMC2 and Office of Diversity Programs)

Feb. 11: Soul Food Luncheon Series, African Percussion & Dance Ensemble performance, noon to 1 p.m., Campus Center stage.

Feb. 12: "African-American Inventions that Changed Our World" presentation, 10 a.m. to noon, Grafton Public Schools

Feb. 13: Friday Film Series: "Dream Girls," 7:30 to 11 p.m., Salisbury Labs. (Sponsored by SOCOMM)

Feb. 18: Soul Food Luncheon Series, Koliba Jazz Ensemble & Spirit of Africa performance, noon to 1 p.m., Campus Center stage.

Feb. 20: Friday Film Series: "A Raisin in the Sun," 7:30 to 11 p.m., Salisbury Labs. (Sponsored by SocComm)

Feb. 21: DINE OUT: Diversity and Inclusion Networking Evening, 3:30 to 5 p.m. (Sponsored by Pratt & Whitney and the Office of Diversity Programs)

Feb. 25: Soul Food Luncheon Series, WPI Dance Team performance, noon to 1 p.m., Campus Center, Stage Area

African Marketplace, 3 to 7 p.m., Campus Center Odeum. (Sponsored by WPI's International House/ISC)

Feb. 27: Friday Film Series: "Cry Freedom," 7:30 to 11 p.m., Salisbury Labs. (Sponsored by SocComm)

From Dining Services

Joe Kraskouskas
Director, Chartwells Dining Services

Download the Top 10 Reasons to Have a Meal Plan (pdf, 1.1 mb)

Residential Services:

Naomi Carton, Director

Housing Selection is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 18, for juniors and seniors wishing to live in East Hall and Thursday, Feb. 19, for all upper class residents. Please visit Residential Services website for more information.

Mark Hawthorne, the director of Recruitment and Retention for the Residence Hall Council was recognized as the National Executive Board Member of the Month for December by the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH), a group that works to recognize the accomplishments of student leaders on college and universities all over the country. Sally Trabucco, RHC chair, wrote in the nomination, "Mark should be recognized as executive member of December; he is one of my most trusted executive members."  This is the second national award the WPI chapter of NRHH has won this year.

Career Development Center:

Jeanette Doyle, Director

Sophomore Series on Summer Internships

Learn How to Get a Summer Internship: Feb 9, 4-5pm, Hagglund Room, Campus Center and March 23, 4-5pm, Hagglund Room, Campus Center
Make the Most of Your Internship Experience: Feb 16, 4-5pm, Hagglund Room, Campus Center and March 30, Hagglund Room, Campus Center

Sign up at CDC website.

Does your son or daughter have a Job Finder account?

Job Finder is a comprehensive system that houses job postings, on-campus recruiting, information on employers attending the career fairs, career-related handouts, career-related podcasts, and much more. Encourage your student to set up a Job Finder account today!  To activate an account: Job Finder. 

Majors at WPI

Is your son/daughter still undecided about his/her major? The Career Development Center can help! We are holding a Major Panel on the differences between management, mathematics, and physics on Wednesday, Feb. 18, at 4pm in the Campus Center, Hagglund Room.

Workshops for Undecided Majors

In C and D term the Career Development Center will lead a three-part Major Exploration Series for first year students. Seminar 1, Think About Your Major, will cover assessing interests, values, and skills. Seminar 2, The Difference Between a Major and a Career, will discuss how to research careers, the difference between a major, minor, and a career, and facilitating industry exposure. Seminar 3, Why Experiences Are Valuable, will review internship and co-op experiences, discuss how to obtain an internship, and describe resume and additional services. The dates for C term are Feb 3, 10, 17 and D term dates are March 25, April 1, 8. Sign up at CDC website.

Walk-in Meetings with a Counselor

If students have a quick question or want a resume critiqued, they may meet with a counselor for a15-minute appointment on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays between 1 and 3pm.

Academic Advising Center:

Dale Snyder, Director

Academic Advising Updates

We have just completed the assignment of academic advisors to first year students, based on majors declared before the students left on winter break in December.

February 19 is Academic Advising Day. No classes are held this day so that students will have the time to meet with their academic advisors to discuss their course selections for the next academic year. Please encourage your student to take advantage of this time and consult with his/her academic advisor. Names and e-mail addresses of academic advisors may be found in the student's record under the advising menu as well as on the online unofficial transcript. During the first week of April, course registration for next year's classes will open. All students will have an opportunity to register for all their courses (A-Term through D-Term) at that time.

Students may want to consider taking summer courses at WPI, especially if they have struggled this year. For more information on WPI's summer programs and course offerings, click on Summer at WPI. Summer registration opens 2/15/09.   Please note: This summer, we are offering a 50% tuition discount for those students who have received an NR in a "core" course and would like to repeat the course this summer. Core courses eligible for this pilot program for Summer 2009 are Calculus 1-4, Differential Equations, Chemistry 1 and 2, and Physics 1 and 2. 

Students who end up on academic warning or probation may want to consider WPI's Summer Bridge program. This program affords eligible students an opportunity to improve their academic standing. Click Office of Academic Advising for more information on the Summer Bridge program. 

Reminder: staff members in the Office of Academic Advising are available to help students who need assistance with their academics.

Healthy Alternatives Office:

Gregory Snoddy, Associate Dean & Director

As Spring Break approaches, I would like to remind you of our efforts in raising awareness about the use and abuse of alcohol at WPI and to enlist your support in ensuring that your son or daughter will make good decisions over the break, wherever they may spend it.

You may have previously received the brochure "High-Risk Drinking at College: A Message for Parents." WPI's Healthy Alternatives Program brings together our alcohol and drug education and prevention efforts with opportunities for involvement in student activities, residence hall programs, and other campus-based activities. Many programs are scheduled on traditional high-usage nights (Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday) and have included intramural and club sports involvement, coffeehouse shows, athletic events, and a highly successful Super Bowl Party. Last year, over 400 students were trained in our TIPs alcohol education and intervention program; I'm pleased to report that this year, we anticipate that another 400 WPI students will be similarly trained. 

For some students, Spring Break becomes a time to engage in risky and even life-threatening behavior. A 2003 survey from the American Medical Association found that more than 80 percent of parents were concerned about the level of alcohol consumption during Spring Break and associated risky behaviors, such as either engaging in or becoming vulnerable to physical violence, sexual assault, or other activities. We continue to have these same concerns six years later. The Healthy Alternatives Program is trying to alter this type of behavior through programming initiatives, such as Safe Spring Break safety Kits, coupled with a Safe Spring Break Pledge.   

We know that parents play a crucial role in influencing their daughters' and sons' behaviors and attitudes, particularly those associated with alcohol and drugs. Please join the staff at WPI in our education and prevention efforts by continuing a discussion with your student regarding the upcoming Spring Break. Wherever they go and whatever they do, we want them all to return to campus in March safe and sound, and ready to resume their studies.

Thank you for being our partner in this matter.

Women's Programs Office:

Michelle Nicholson, Director

March brings to campus a calendar full of activities focusing on Women's History Month. Parents are welcome to join us on campus for these activities.

March 1-31 

The Fairy GodMother Project of Massachusetts is an organization that collects donations of new and "gently worn" formal dresses and accessories and donates them to financially disadvantaged students in Massachusetts, so they may attend their school formal occasions in style. Donations of formal dresses, shoes, purses, jewelry, gift certificates, and money are accepted throughout the year. This organization also accepts new, unopened makeup. Monetary donations are always welcome and are needed to help cover expenses such as transporting and storing the dresses, and purchasing dress racks and hangers. Drop them off at the WPI Office of Women's Programs, Campus Center, main level.

Monday, March 2, 8-10 am

Women's History Month Morning Kickoff:  Free Hot Chocolate and Coffee
Campus Center, Lobby
Sponsored by the Office of Women's Programs and the Community Council

Tuesday, March 10

Graduate Women's Lunch
Campus Center, Chairman's Room
12:00 Noon; RSVP to womens-programs@wpi.edu by Friday, March 6
Sponsored by the Office of Women's Programs

Tuesday, March 17

Girls Night Out, St. Patty's Day Snacks and Crafts
Higgins House, Great Hall
5-7pm; Free
Sponsored by the Office of Women's Programs

Monday, March 23, 5-6pm

Hooking Up: A Discussion for Women
Speaker and Author Amber Madson
Higgins House, Great Hall
Book Signing to Follow
Sponsored by the Office of Women's Programs, Greek Life, and Residential Services

Tuesday, March 24, Ada Lovelace Day – A Day for Women to Blog

Who is Ada Lovelace? Ada Byron, Countess of Lovelace, is considered to be the founder of Scientific Computing. On March 24, women across the country are encouraged to log onto PledgeBank and blog, blog, blog!!! 

Tuesday, March 24, 12-1pm

Roundtable with Women Engineers
Lunch provided
RSVP to womens-programs@wpi.edu
Sponsored by the Office of Women's Programs

Tuesday, March 24, 4-5pm

WPI Women of Strength Awards Reception
All welcome;  free hors d'oeuvres
Sponsored by the Office of Women's Programs and Pratt & Whitney

Saturday, March 28

GNO Movie Night, "Marley and Me"
8 pm, FLAUD
Sponsored by the Office of Women's Programs and SocComm

Sunday, March 29

GNO Movie Night,  "Marley and Me"
8 pm, FLAUD
Sponsored by the Office of Women's Programs and SocComm

WPI Parents Fund:

There are less than 50 days of classes remaining in the academic year. Have you considered investing in the university before the end of the academic year? Please consider making a gift, of any size, to the WPI Parents Fund.

Thanks to the support of parents, alumni, and friends, WPI can provide a world-class educational experience for all students. Through the WPI Parents Fund, families can give to the highest priorities of the university: current-use financial aid, student life, and faculty teaching and research. Your support is important to us now and goes to work immediately, helping to benefit our WPI students today. To learn more about the WPI Parents Fund or to learn how you can get more involved, please visit Giving to WPI website.

You may easily make your gift online using our secure website. Thank you for your commitment to WPI.

Athletics Up-date:

WPI Athletics is pleased to announce that 17 of the department's 18 varsity teams boast a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Overall, the average team GPA is an impressive 3.21.

2008-2009 Worcester Cup Standings - Presented by the Worcester Telegram and Gazette (as of 2/4/09)

Place School Overall Record
1 WPI 86-71-2 (.547)
2 Nichols 88-73-3 (.546)
3 Becker 84-78-2 (.510)
4 Fitchburg St 53-59-6 (.475)
5 Clark 65-74-3 (.468)
6 Worcester St. 68-85-4 (.446)
7 Holy Cross 86-113-12 (.436)
8 Assumption 56-86-11 (.402)
9 Anna Maria 24-101-2 (.197)

WPI Weekly Athletics Update

Men's Athlete of the Week

Shaun Price - Track and Field - Senior - Boston

Shaun Price of the men's indoor track team has been named the male athlete of the week, February 2–8.  He had an outstanding day at the Smith College's Tartan Invitational on Saturday afternoon, registering two victories on the day to help the Engineers to 169.5 points and a first place finish. Price took home the top prize in the triple jump (13.73m) before posting a distance of 6.44m to win the long jump.  In addition to his pair of wins, he crossed the finish line in 6.75 which was good enough for a fifth place finish in the 55 meter dash. Men's Indoor Track and Field will return on Saturday when they compete at the Boston University and MIT Invitational's.

Women's Athlete of the Week

Kaileen Selen - Basketball - Junior - Worcester

Kaileen Selen of the women's basketball team has been named the female athlete of the week, 2–8. She erupted for a career-high 28 points to lead the Engineers to a key, 72-57 win over Wellesley on Wednesday evening. She was 11-of-16 from the field including a perfect 2-for-2 from beyond the arc while adding four rebounds and a game-best five steals for the Engineers. In a 54-34 win over Smith, Selen tossed in nine points and added a team-high three assists and two steals. The Engineers, now 17-5 on the season and 9-1 in conference play, enjoy a game and a half lead over both Babson and Springfield with just two weeks to go in the season. The WPI team is off until next Saturday when it ventures to Wheaton for a 3pm contest.

Men's Basketball (16-4 overall, 7-1 NEWMAC)

In its only game of the week, Men's Basketball dropped a tough 68-56 loss to Clark in NEWMAC action on Tuesday evening. WPI, ranked 22nd in the latest D3hoops.com national poll, saw its eight-game win streak come to an end and suffered its first conference loss of the season. Clark was on fire in the opening minutes of the game, racing out to a 13-point lead (19-6) and extended their advantage to as many as 16 on four occasions, with the last (40-24) coming on a jumper with 3:35 remaining. The Engineers scored seven of the final eight points of the half to close within 41-31. The two teams traded buckets in the first 2:26 of the second half, until WPI used a 7-2 run capped by Ben Etten's (Hollis, NH) trey to cut the deficit to six (42-48) at 13:26. The next 9:01 of the game was a back and forth affair, as each team made small runs during the span. Kyle Nadeu's (Webster, MA) three-point basket at the top of the key made it, 59-54, with 4:09 left to play, but the Engineers never got closer the rest of the way. Freshman Fernando Perez (Lowell, MA) led WPI with 13 points and nine boards. He was the only Engineer to score in double figures as the team finished with a 34.4 percent shooting clip. Clark shot 50 percent in the first half and 43.1 percent for the game. With the victory, Clark evens up the series record at 12-12 since joining the NEWMAC in 1998. WPI defeated Clark, 91-82, earlier this season. The Engineers, now 16-4 overall and 7-1 in league play, will return on Wednesday when they venture to Springfield for a 7:30 pm conference tilt.

Women's Basketball (17-5 overall, 9-1 NEWMAC)

Junior Kaileen Selen (Worcester, MA) erupted for a career-high 28 points as the WPI women's basketball team earned a 72-57 win at Wellesley on Wednesday night. Wellesley got on the board first, with a three-pointer to take the lead. WPI answered back with a 14-6 run, courtesy of two buckets each from Serena Dubois (Bangor, ME) and Selen, to take a 14-9 lead. Wellesley battled back with hot shooting to cut the lead to 22-21 at the 9:10 mark. WPI responded with five straight points to stretch the lead back to six, before a 10-foot jumper from Wellesley trimmed the Engineers' advantage to 27-23. The visitors then tallied six consecutive points to push the lead to 10, behind a solid performance from Selen (12 first-half points). But Wellesley closed out the half with four straight, as the teams went to the locker rooms with the Blue trailing 33-27. In the opening minutes of the second half, Wellesley trimmed the lead to 36-33. Then the squads traded buckets until four straight points to bring the Blue to within two at 41-39. The Engineers replied with four points of their own to stretch their lead back to six, but two free throws from Wellesley kept the Blue within four with 11:00 left on the clock. The teams exchanged baskets once again until two more free throws cut the lead to 52-49 with 7:30 left. But Selen and Elle Fontaine (Franklin, MA) led the Engineers on an 8-2 run to open an eight-point edge with 4:30 remaining. The visitors never looked back, coasting to a 72-56 victory. WPI's Selen led all scorers with a career-high 28 points, surpassing her previous high of 23 (at Fitchburg State on 12/1/07 and vs Clark on 1/19/09). Selen also tallied four rebounds and five steals in the win. Caitlin Macko (Cromwell, CT) and Fontaine added 11 and 10 points, respectively, while Natasha Deschene (Presque Island, ME) led the Engineers on the boards with five rebounds. On Saturday, the WPI defense limited Smith to just 25% shooting from the floor en route to a 54-34 home victory in NEWMAC women's basketball action. The Engineers, winners of three straight, see their record rise to 17-5 on the season and 9-1 in conference play. As a result of Babson's 47-46 victory at Springfield, The Crimson and Gray enjoy a game and a half lead over both the Beavers and the Pride with just two weeks to go in the regular season. After a slow start that saw WPI not score a point in the first 5:40 of the contest, the Engineers promptly rattled off 12 straight points to turn a 6-2 deficit into an advantage they would not relinquish the rest of the way. Defense keyed the WPI effort in the first stanza, as they forced 16 Pioneer turnovers to help take a 25-17 lead into the locker room at the break. Dubois paced the WPI attack with a team-best 10 points and game-high nine rebounds. Selen, Melissa Kuhn (Stoughton, MA) and Fontaine each chipped in with nine points, with all of Selen's scoring coming in the second half. Brittany McNally (Mapleville, RI) added four points and three rebounds in a well-played 19 minutes of action off the bench, while Deschene led all players with six steals on the day. WPI is off until next Saturday when they venture to Norton, MA to take on Wheaton in a 3pm contest.

Wrestling (9-7 overall)

The WPI wrestling team withstood a late rally as the Engineers knocked off host Bridgewater State College, 29-22, in New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) action on Saturday afternoon at the John J. Kelly Gymnasium in Bridgewater. With the win, WPI improves to 9-7 in dual meet action on the season. WPI jumped out to a 22-4 lead as the Engineers won four of the first five matches highlighted by pins from freshman Dan Metcalf (Westerly, RI) at 125 and sophomore Tyler Howe (Danbury, CT) at 157. A pin by Bridgewater State at 165 closed the gap to 22-10, but WPI senior Larry Loomis (Plainfield, CT) earned a tough 3-2 decision to give the Engineers a 25-10 lead. The bout featured the number five and number six seeded wrestlers in New England in the 174-pound weight class. Back-to-back pins pulled the Bears to within three points with just the heavyweight bout remaining.  Senior Scott Guzman (Acton, ME) earned an 11-2 major decision to give WPI the 29-22 win. The Engineers host a tri-match with Roger Williams University and Bryant University on Wednesday night starting at 6pm.

Men's Swimming and Diving (5-3 overall)

Andrew Lybarger (Atlanta, GA), Lee Chiang (Lexington, MA) and Mason Ruffing (Stone Mountain, GA) each won two events to spark a strong performance for WPI Men's Swimming and Diving, which brought home a 132-103 road win over crosstown rival Clark Wednesday evening. The victory came on senior night for the Engineers, despite Clark being at home for the competition. WPI jumped out of the gate quickly, as the Engineers swept the top three spots in the 200-yard medley relay, with the team of Lybarger, Minh Truong (West Roxbury, MA), Alford Green (Portmore, Jamaica) and Chiang touching the wall first at 1.43.46. Lybarger also was the winner in the 100-yard backstroke with a finals time of 55.06, while Chiang was first in the 100-yard freestyle (48.28). Ruffing took home first place in the 500-yard backstroke (4:58.55) and 100-yard breaststroke (1:05.61). The Engineers also received a win from Dan White (Sidney, ME) in the 1000-yard freestyle, whose time of 10:34.40 was almost a full minute ahead of the pack. Carl Curran (Keene, NH) led a trio of Engineers at the top of the 200-yard freestyle (1:54.07) and was second to Ruffing in the 500-yard backstroke. Other event winners for WPI include Worcester's own Steve Rose in the 50-yard freestyle (23.09) and David Keck (Orwigsburg, PA) in the 100-yard butterfly (56.07). On Saturday, Men's Swimming and Diving tallied nine victories to help them to a 138-118 win over Bridgewater State College and their fifth win of the season. Lybarger and Ruffing paced the Engineers with two wins apiece – Lybarger taking home first in the 100 (49.45) and 1000-yard (10:36.7) freestyles and Ruffing winning in the 50-yard backstroke (26.38) and 50 yard freestyle (23.04). Nick Catano (Goffstown, NH) earned the top prize in the 200-yard freestyle (1:56.4) before finishing third in the 200-yard backstroke (1:02.9). Truong placed first in the 50-yard backstroke (30.76) while teammate Rob Cakounes (Chelmsford, MA) finished second (32.5). Curran, White and Calvin Lam (Swampscott, MA) combined to sweep the 100 yard butterfly while Green and Keck finished second (23.14) and third (23.47), respectively, behind Ruffing in the 50 yard freestyle. Curran added a second place spot to his accomplishments in the 1000-yard freestyle (10:38.7) while Steve Rose (Worcester, MA) was second in the 100-yard freestyle (51.02). Diver Conn Dickson (Woodstock, MD) registered 145.85 points that proved to be good enough for a second place finish in the one-meter diving event. Men's Swimming and Diving will return to the pool on February 27th when they compete at the three-day NEWMAC Championships hosted by Wheaton.

Women's Swimming and Diving (2-7 overall)

WPI Women's Swimming and Diving performed well but dropped a 129-102 decision at Clark on Wednesday. Despite several strong showings, Clark won eight of the 13 events to key the team win for the Cougars. WPI was led by senior Karen O'Sullivan (Pelham, NH) and freshman Kaitlyn Kelley (Salt Lake City, UT), who each won a pair of events to spark the Engineers. O'Sullivan took home wins in the 200-yard IM (2:23.61) and 100-yard breaststroke (1:13.45) and finished second in the 100-yard butterfly. Kelley was victorious in the 100-yard freestyle (58.63) and 200-yard freestyle (2:07.12), while the 200-yard medley relay team of Kelley, Toni LaBella (Warrick, RI), Amanda Blom (Wilkes-Barre, PA) and Kelsey Thomas (Webster, NY) came in second. WPI also received a win from the 200-yard freestyle relay team of Jess Shelsky (Nashua, NH), Amanda Jenkins (Columbia, CT), Morgan Guardino (Manchester, CT) and Racheal Weinrick (Logan Township, NY), who touched the wall at 1:54.96. The Engineers also notched second place finishes from O'Sullivan in the 100-yard butterfly (1:05.90) and from Guardino in the one-meter dive (224.80). On Saturday, the Engineers racked up twelve victories en route to a 155-127 win over Bridgewater State. With the win, WPI improves to 2-7 on the season. Alana Aubin (Taunton, MA) led the way for the Engineers with a trio of wins including the 50 yard (28.72) and 100 yard (1:02.8) butterflies and the 100 yard freestyle (57.07). Classmates LaBella and Kelley each picked up a pair of victories with LaBella touching the wall first in the 50 yard (32.16) and 100 yard (1:06.1) backstrokes and Kelley in the 50 (26.99) and 500 yard (5:52.6) freestyles. Guardino dove to two wins of her own, placing first in the one meter (212.98) and three meter (209.5) events. Other winners on the day included Therese Comeau (Goffstown, NH) in the 50-yard breaststroke (33.87), O'Sullivan in the 100 yard breaststroke (1:13.3) Blom in the 100 yard IM (1:06.9). Freshmen Colleen Heckley (Tyngsboro, MA) and Shelsky finished second in the 1000-yard freestyle (12:10.5) and 200 yard freestyle (2:14.4), respectively, while sophomore Lauren Anderson (Bedford, MA) took home second in the 50 yard backstroke (32.66). Women's Swimming and Diving is off until February 20th when they compete at the three-day NEWMAC Championships hosted by MIT.

Men's Indoor Track and Field

Jarrett Arredondo (Somerville, MA) and Shaun Price (Boston, MA) each took home two victories to help the Engineers to a win at the Tartan Invitational hosted by Smith College on Saturday afternoon. WPI accumulated 169.5 overall points at the meet. Arredondo's wins came in the weight throw (16.82m) and shot put (13.87m) while Price won the triple jump (13.73m) and long jump (6.44m). Kyle Morette (Leominster, MA) found a victory of his own when he posted a height of 4.27m in the pole vault. Joe Krasinskas (Sutton, MA) and Matija Zelic (Westboro, MA) tied for second in the high jump with Krasinkas adding a fourth place finish in the 55 meter hurdles (8.32) and Zelic fourth in the long jump (6.04m). Keith Flanders (Westford, MA) ran to second in the 3000 meter run (9:04.9) while Kevin Jillson (East Sandwich, MA), Daniel Duffty (Haverhill, MA) and Peter Brown (Andover, MA) finished second (15:58.5), third (16:11) and fourth (16:25.31), respectively, in the 5000 meter run. Other top finishes included Jeff Baker (Wallingford, CT) in the shot put (3rd; 12.69m), Lane Thornton (Richmond, VT) in the 1000 meter run (3rd; 2:37.3), Jason Reynolds (Peru, NY) in the weight throw (4th; 14.26m) and Matt Whitman (Holden, MA) in the 55 meter dash (4th; 6.66). Men's Indoor Track and Field will return on Saturday when they compete at the MIT and Boston University Invitationals.

Women's Indoor Track and Field

Freshman Chrystian Dennis (Boston, MA) tallied two victories to help the Women's Indoor Track team to a fifth place finish at the Tartan Invitational hosted by Smith College on Saturday. Amherst College was the overall meet winner with 170.5 points. Dennis took home wins in the 55-meter dash (7.40) and 200 meter dash (27.26) before placing second in the long jump (4.89) to lead the way for the Engineers. Classmate Emily Pearce (Avon, CT) posted a height of 2.75m to finish second in the pole vault. Junior Krista Baker (Medway, MA) had a fine day on the track, registering a 10.87m throw to place second in the shot put and added a fourth place finish in the weight throw (12.98m) to cap off her day. Freshman Kristine Zeeb (Nashua, NH) ran to fourth in the 55-meter hurdles (9.48) while Marissa Gray (Stanley, NY) crossed the line fifth in the 1000 meter run (3:18.9). Junior Danielle Volpe (Chelmsford, MA) pitched in with the fourth spot in the 800-meter run (2:23.8) and closing out the meet for the Engineers was the 4 x 400 meter relay team who finished in 4:27 to claim fourth in the event. Women's Indoor Track and Field will return on Friday when they compete at the Boston University Invitational and then Saturday at the MIT Invitational.

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