Mens Track & Field Bests Williams and Coast Guard
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The MIT men's track & field squad put on an impressive display in taking first place among its three-team home meet on Saturday. The Engineers, who are ranked No. 19 in the USTFCCCA National Rankings, totaled 192.5 points to overcome Williams (136.5) and Coast Guard (47). The Cardinal and Gray claimed victory in five of six field events, as well as both relays.
Once again, Stephen Morton had a productive day for MIT, winning four events to account for 28 total points. Morton edged teammate Rene Peters in the 55-meter dash by the narrowest of margins, crossing the finish in 6.60 seconds, just 0.03 faster than Peters. Morton also cruised to a half-second win in the 200m, in 22.49 seconds. Morton also claimed wins in both the long and triple jumps, clearing 22-5.25 feet in the long jump, more than nine inches better than the runner-up. The senior All-America also remained unbeaten in the triple jump on the season, posting an NCAA Provisional qualifying distance of 46-3.50 feet.
Greg Tao led a dominant showing for Tech in the pole vault, clearing 14-8.75 feet for first place. Tao's win led a sweep of the top three, while MIT accounted for eight of the top nine finishers in the event. The Engineers also went one-two-three in the shot put, with James Oleinik leading the way with his toss of 50-3.50. Anthony McDonald was the other event winner in the field, taking first in the weight throw (51-4.50 feet).
The Engineers were also able to sweep both the 4x400 and 4x800-meter relays. Daniel Ronde, Patrick Marx, David Way and John Granata combined to capture the 4x400 in 3:26.43, almost nine seconds faster than the second-place Coast Guard squad. Gilbert O'Neil, Stephen Serene, Logan Trimble and Bill Phipps made up the victorious 4x800 team that finished in 8:06.55.
Kyle Hannon had a strong showing in the mile, winning in 4:18.20. Eric Boyer had the final event win for Tech in the 55-meter hurdles (8.04 seconds), just one one-hundredth of a second faster than Williams' Jabulani Blyden.
MIT will host its second Coed Invite of the indoor season next weekend while also sending some competitors to Boston University's Valentine's Invitational.