February 14, 2010

Men’s Track & Field Prepares for New England Championship

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The MIT men's track and field team competed in a pair of meets on either side of the Charles River this weekend, as some of the Tech runners traveled to Boston University for the Valentine's Meet while the sprinters and field athletes stayed at home for the second Coed Invitational of the season at the Shobrys and Aronson track. There were a number of impressive individual performances at the two non-scoring meets, as the Engineers prepared themselves for next weekend's New England Division III Championship.

The men's Distance Medley Relay quartet of Paul Welle, Khalil Dozier, Logan Daum and Hemagiri Arumugam led things off on Friday at BU. The squad ran a solid race, finishing in 10:19.67, good for 18th overall and eighth among Division III teams. Tech's other relay, the 4x400-meter team, also had a strong showing, finishing in 3:22.02, almost two seconds faster than their previous best.

The three MIT runners in the 400 all fared well, with Nick Leonard leading the way with a time of 51.23 seconds. Dozier ran 51.62 while Daniel Ronde was just behind him in 51.63. Patrick Marx posted a time of 1:05.16 at 500 meters, which places him second on the all-time list at MIT. John Granta also had a solid time of 1:05.87 at that distance. Gilbert O'Neil's time of 1:57.69 in the 800m is the best time by an MIT runner this season.

A number of runners performed well in the 1000m, led by Richard Prevost's time of 2:31.81. Bill Phipps was not far behind, finishing in 2:32.67. Stephen Serene (2:33.47), Dawit Zewdie (2:34.23) and Andrew Erickson (2:34.34) each ran personal bests as well.

Gihan Amarasiriwardena posted a personal-record of 15:11.96 in the 5000 while Ben Mattocks did the same at 3000 meters, with his time of 8:41.71.

Back at MIT on Saturday, the Engineers secured four event wins to go along with a number of personal records. Chinedum Umachi had a personal best toss of 53-8.50 in the weight throw to take first place. Adam Mustafa's throw of 50-9.50 feet was also a personal record and was good for fifth place. James Oleinik had a strong 50-1.75 foot effort to win the shot put. Ken Cooper hit a personal record with his mark of 43-3.75 feet.

Nathan Peterson and winner Kristoffer Williams of Middlebury each cleared 14-8.75 in the pole vault, with Williams taking first based on attempts. The height was a personal record for Peterson and is just a few inches shy of the NCAA Provisional mark.

Other event winners for the Cardinal and Gray were Rene Peter, who ran a 6.68 second 55-meter dash, and Eric Boyer (8.05 seconds) in the 55m hurdles.

MIT will travel to Bates College for the New England Division III Championship next weekend. The championship meet begins on Friday, February 19.