January 24, 2010

MIT Hosts First Indoor Invitational of the Season

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The MIT men's track and field team hosted the first of two Coed Invitational meets of the Indoor season on Saturday afternoon at the Shobrys and Aronson Track. The Engineers had a number of impressive individual performances in this non-scoring meet while competing against some of the top squads in the New England region. Stephen Morton picked up two of MIT's five individual wins in the 55-meter dash and the long jump. The Cardinal and Gray also secured first place in the 4x400 and Distance Medley relays.

Morton edged Devon Jennings by just three one-hundredths of a second at 55 meters, breaking the tape in 6.67 seconds. He was also able to improve upon his long jump effort from a week ago, jumping 22-8.00 feet, over one foot better than his nearest competitor. Brian Djaja continued to show improvement in the 55-meter hurdles, leading a sweep of the top three for the Cardinal and Gray. Djaja crossed the finish in 7.98 seconds. He was followed by Nicholas Leonard (8.26) and Andrew Musacchio (8.32). Three Tech runners also placed in the top five in the 400m, with Daniel Ronde leading the way with a time of 52.53 seconds. The other two first-place performances were turned in by Patrick Marx (2:00.78) in the 800m and Benjamin Mattocks (9:04.22), who cruised to an 18 second win in the 3000.

A few MIT athletes turned in strong performances in defeat as well. David Way (1:24.22) and John Granata (1:25.62) were unable to chase down Peter Najem, an unattached runner, but their times were impressive nonetheless. Kyle Hannon also ran a solid 1000 meters, finishing third in 2:34.75.

In the field events, MIT showed its depth in the pole vault, as the second through seventh-best heights belonged to the Cardinal and Gray. Nathan Peterson cleared 13-0.25 feet to lead the way. Anthony McDonald cleared 50 feet in the 35 lb. weight throw with his 50-10.00 foot effort. James Oleinik continued to return to form, after missing all of last season with an injury, throwing 48-0.00 feet in the shot put.

MIT will hit the road for the first time this season, traveling to Bowdoin College for a challenging meet against Bowdoin, Colby, Springfield and Tufts, beginning at 12:00 p.m.