Men's Track & Field Opens Season with Win over Bates and Colby

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The MIT men's track & field team opened its season with a bang, winning all but one track event while also taking home first place in the long and triple jumps, on its way to a convincing tri-meet victory over Bates and Colby. The Engineers totaled 223.50 team points to easily outscore runner-up Bates, which finished with 125.50. Stephen Morton had an outstanding day for MIT with four event wins.

The Cardinal and Gray dominated the shorter sprints, placing four in the top six of the 55m hurdles and five of six in the 55m dash. Freshman Brian Djaja led the way in the hurdles with a personal-best time of 8.01 seconds. Each of the other three hurdles, Nick Leonard (8.17), Andrew Musacchio (8.20) and Josh Duncavage (8.50), would also set personal records. Morton ran 6.64 seconds in the 55m, as Tech went 1-2-3-5-6 in the event.

Morton also secured individual wins in the 200m (23.02), long jump (22-2.50 feet) and triple jump (47-8.00 feet). Teammate Mattias Flander was the runner-up to Morton in both jumps.

Daniel Ronde (52.24) and Leonard (52.79) went one-two in the 400-meters. John Granta took first in the 600-meters with a time of 1:25.33 while Gilbert O'Neil paced the field in the 800m, finishing in 1:58.23.

Tech teammates also finished one-two in the mile and 3000m. Kyle Hannon's time of 4:26.13 was just over two and a half seconds better than Hemagiri Arumugam in the mile. Paul Welle ran 3000-meters in 8:52.47 to best Richard Prevost. Gihan Amarasiriwarden was the top finisher in the 5000m, with his time of 15:38.83.

Even in the only running event in which they did not take first, the 1000-meters, Engineers still managed to pick up quality points, as they secured the two through five spots, led by Stephen Serene.

MIT will compete in a pair of meets next weekend, hosting its own Coed Invitational on Saturday, January 23 while also taking part in the Terrier Classic at Boston University on Friday and Saturday.