BRUNSWICK, Maine - The MIT men's track and field team hit the road for the first time this season, traveling up to Bowdoin College to compete in an Invitational that the Engineers have won for five years in a row. The Cardinal and Gray would be able to extend that streak to six on the strength of victories in eight of the 12 track events and three of six in the field while also capturing second place in nine of the 16 individual events. The Engineers score of 264 total points easily bested runner-up Springfield's total of 108.
Stephen Morton had a busy day for MIT, with two wins and a pair of runner-up finishes while also achieving two NCAA Provisional qualifying marks. Morton (22.80) edged Kyle Hebert of Bowdoin by just five-hundredths of a second in the 200 meters, before coming in second to Springfield's Steve Headley in the 55m dash with a time of 6.67 seconds. The All-American was also outstanding in the long and triple jumps, reaching the provisional distance in both. His season best of 23-0.00 feet in the long jump fell shy of Kevin Coyle's 23-7.25 foot effort. However, Morton would return the favor to Coyle in the triple jump with a distance of 46-8.25 feet.
Kyle Hannon had an impressive showing in the mile, coming from behind to win the race with a time of 4:17.09, just missing the provisional standard. The Engineers went one-two in both the 600 and 800 meters, as Patrick Marx outkicked teammate John Granata to win the 600 in 1:23.28. David Way took home the 800-meter win finishing in 1:58.89. Hemagiri Arumugam (3000m) and Gihan Amarasiriwardena (5000m) also secured individual wins.
Perhaps the most exciting races of the day came in the relays, as MIT and Springfield waged a pair of closely contested battles that would each be decided by less than two-tenths of a second. Granata ran the closing leg of the 4x400 relay, overtaking the Springfield anchor in the final 10 meters to give MIT the win, with a time of 3:24.61 by just 0.12 seconds. Gilbert O'Neil, Stephen Serene, Way and Dawit Zewdie then combined to best Springfield in the 4x800 with their time of 8:05.37.
Tech was also able to dominate the throwing events, sweeping the top three in both the shot put and weight throw. Kenneth Cooper's winning toss of 51-5.75 feet in the weight throw was just a few inches shy of the Institute freshman record. Chinedum Umachi was just behind him with a personal-best 51-5.50 feet. James Oleinik led the way in the shot put with a 47-2.25 foot effort.
MIT welcomes Coast Guard and Williams College in next weekend for another home meet on Saturday, February 6 at 12:00 p.m.