March 27, 2010

Six Event Wins Highlight Successful Spring Break Trip at Washington & Lee for Men’s Track & Field

LEXINGTON, Va. – Competing with a full squad for the first time in the outdoor season, the MIT men’s track & field team traveled to Washington & Lee University over spring break to compete in the Washington & Lee Spring Carnival. The squad performed extremely well in the non-scoring meet, taking home six individual event victories while also achieving three NCAA provisional qualifying marks.

In his first action of the spring, Stephen Morton had a full slate, as he was entered in four events, the100 and 200-meter dash as well as the long and triple jump. The senior had a tremendous two days, as he finished either first or second in all four. Morton was edged out by just over three-tenths of a second in the 100 (10.98) but returned to take first in the 200 with a time of 22.15 seconds. He also leapt to a provisional qualification in the long jump, 23-4.75 feet, and followed that up by winning the triple jump with a 46-4.00 foot effort.

Paul Welle was also able to reach the provisional standard in the 3000-meter Steeplechase with a time of 9:24.11, good for third overall. Richard Prevost was just over 10 seconds behind him and in fourth.

Greg Tao had MIT’s other National qualifying mark, leading a strong performance by the Tech pole vaulters. Tao was first overall, clearing 15-11.00 feet, a full foot better than the runner-up. Nathan Peterson (13-11.25) and Davey Hunt (12-11.50) also placed in the top eight.

Other individual event winners were Vladimir Sobes in the javelin, with a meet record toss of 186-5 feet, Patrick Marx in the 800m (1:55.38) and Matthew Falk, who cleared 6-2.75 feet in the high jump.

In the 10k, three Tech runners would finish in the top eight, led by Hemagiri Arumugam’s fourth-place showing in a time of 32:02.11. Gihan Amarasiriwardena (32:10.90) was not far behind in sixth and Daniel Harper (32:31.63) was eighth.

The Engineers also displayed good depth in the discus, with four of the top nine performers. Anthony McDonald led the way by taking fourth with a throw of 140-1 feet.

MIT will be back in action next weekend, traveling to RPI for the annual Engineer’s Cup meet against the hosts and WPI. The meet begins at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 3.