Mens Track and Field Team Places Fourth at Nationals
BAREA, Ohio – Despite sending just four competitors to the meet, the MIT men’s track and field team received impressive performances from those athletes en route to a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship. Stephen Morton was named the Field Athlete of the Meet, thanks in large part to his National Championship win in the long jump, to help the Cardinal and Gray total 27 points, just one behind third-place Wisconsin-La Cross.
Morton got things under way on the final day of competition with a third-place showing in the triple jump to earn the sixth All-America accolade of his outstanding career. Combined with his long jump performance, Morton was able to account for 16 of the team’s points.
Also in action on Saturday was Yermie Cohen, who had the top overall qualifying time in the 1500. Cohen backed up his preliminary showing with a runner-up finish in the final, coming through in 3:50.72, just 0.31 seconds behind the winner.
Vlad Sobes was Tech’s first All-American, placing sixth in the javelin on the first day of competition. Morton’s Athlete of the Year counterpart on the Track side was fellow New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) athlete, Stephen Headley of Springfield College.