|Matthew Manteiga notched his career-best in the long jump|
MEDFORD – RPI edged the Tufts University men's outdoor track & field team in a quad meet also including MIT and Bates at Dussault Track on Saturday afternoon.
The Engineers finished with a team score of 175, three ahead of the Jumbos' 172 score. MIT was a close third at 170 while Bates finished fourth at 142.
Tufts won six events as junior Anthony Kardonsky in the100 meters, senior co-captain Drew DiMaiti in the 400 meters, junior Hiroto Watanabe in the 800, junior Josh Etkind in the 110-meter hurdles and sophomore Kevin Quisumbing in the shot put were all individual winners. The Jumbo 4x100-meter relay of Brandon Levenstein, Kardonsky, Tommy Miller and OJ Armstrong was also first.
Kardonsky ran a Jumbo season-best 10.89 seconds in the 100 meters, which is ranked 22nd among Division III competitors as of 9 p.m. Saturday evening. He was part of the foursome which ran 43.06 to win the 4x1.
DiMaiti beat MIT's Benton Wilson to the finish line in the 400 meters with a time of 49.54 seconds. The Jumbo senior is currently ranked fifth nationally in the event with a 48.46 he ran in San Diego during spring break. The NESCAC and New England DIII champion in the 110 hurdles last year, Etkind won for the first time this spring on Saturday in 14.96 seconds.
Quisumbing won the shot put for the second time in as many weeks, reaching 49'1" (14.96m). Watanabe's 1:56.06 win in the 8 was his first time doing the event outdoors this year.
Other Jumbo season-bests came from junior Ben Wallace in the pole vault, where his 14'5 ¼" (4.40m) clearance is ranked 38th nationally and matches his outdoor best. Freshman Matthew Manteiga's 21'8 ¾" (6.62m) was an outdoor best in his young career and #43 on the national long jump list.
Throwers Quisumbing in the hammer (148'7" – 45.30m) and freshman Dylan Daisey in the discus (121'1" – 36.90m) had team-best efforts for the season thus far at the quad meet.
Head coach Joel Williams' Jumbos compete at Connecticut College next weekend.