SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Looking to defend their regional crown, the 12th-ranked MIT men's track and field team traveled to Springfield College for the NCAA New England Division III championship over the weekend. The Engineers had won the event two years in a row but came up a bit short this time around, finishing with 95 points, eight behind Bates College, which won its first ever New England team title.
Sophomore Tyler Singer-Clark (Falmouth, Mass.) racked up the most points for the Cardinal and Gray, earning all-region honors in three events and accounting for 12.5 points. The sophomore took fourth in both the 200 and 400 meters and was part of the winning 4x400 relay. Juniors Brian Gager (Rye, N.Y.) and Patrick Marx (Grand Rapids, Mich.) and freshman Nick Diamantoni (Belle Mead, N.J.) joined Singer-Clark on the 4x400 relay, which finished in 3:24.24.
Marx also finished second in the 600, with his time of 1:21.99, just missing out on the first place by less than four-tenths of a second.
Junior Josh Duncavage (Austin, Texas) collected all-region accolades in three events, with top eight finishes in the 60-meter dash, 60m hurdles and 200 meters. Duncavage was sixth in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.50 seconds, seventh in the hurdles at 8.64 seconds and eighth in the 200, earning six points for the Engineers.
Senior Daniel Harper (Naperville, Ill.) and sophomore Justin Bullock (Detroit, Mich.) picked up second-place points in the 5k and mile, respectively. Harper posted a time of 15:01.62 in the 5000 meters while Bullock had a season-best of 4:14.39 in the mile.
In the field events, senior Chinedum Umachi (Detroit, Mich.) was the standout performer, taking first place in the weight throw with a personal best of 63-7.50 feet. That mark set a new meet record, ranks second all-time at MIT and places the senior fourth on the national performance list for 2012.
Senior Nathan Peterson (Kansas City, Mo.) was second in the pole vault as he cleared 15-5.50 feet.
The Cardinal and Gray will travel across the Charles River next weekend for the All-New England Championship, hosted by Boston University on Friday and Saturday.