Men's Track and Field Takes First at Springfield Invitational

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The No. 10 ranked MIT men's track and field team picked up an impressive first-place finish at the Springfield College Invitational on Saturday, beating out eight other strong squads from throughout New England. The Engineers finished with a team score of 176, to beat out host and runner-up Springfield.

Junior Josh Duncavage (Austin, Texas) was the top scorer for the Cardinal and Gray, winning the 60-meter hurdles (8.74 seconds) and tying for first in the 60-meter dash (7.08 seconds) while placing third in the 200m (23.07 seconds). Sophomore teammate Tyler Singer-Clark (Falmouth, Mass.) beat out Duncavage in the 200, with a winning time of 23.05 seconds.

Junior Patrick Marx (Grand Rapids, Minn.) claimed victory in the 600 meters, with a time of 1:22.98. Junior Gilbert O'Neil (Norton, Mass.) and sophomore Justin Bullock (Detroit, Mich.) earned wins in the 800 and 1000 meter races, respectively. O'Neil won his event with a time of 2:00.05 while Bullock's 2:36.57 was good enough for first place at 1000 meters.

Marx teamed up with junior Brian Gager (Rye, N.Y.), sophomore Jacob Jurewicz (Gurnee, Ill.) and freshman Nick Diamantoni (Belle Mead, N.J.) to win the 4x400 relay with a time of 3:28.35. Tech's 4x800 relay was also a winner, finishing in 8:16.67.

Senior Chinedum Umachi (Detroit, Mich.) was the lone first-place performer for the Engineers in the field events. Umachi won the weight throw with a toss of 60-2.50 feet.

Tech will take part in a pair of meets next weekend, sending part of its squad across the Charles River to compete at the Terrier Classic at Boston University on Friday and Saturday. The rest of the Engineers will stay at home for a Coed Invitational on Saturday, January 28.