March 3, 2012

Men's Track and Field Competes at ECAC Championship

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Only sending a handful of athletes that needed to achieve or improve NCAA qualifying standards, the No. 7 ranked MIT men's track and field team competed in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III championship at the Armory in New York City over the weekend. Tech finished with 10 points and in a tie for 27th place out of 62 scoring teams.

Senior Nathan Peterson (Kansas City, Mo.) has started rounding into form in the pole vault, peaking at the right time with just a week to go before the NCAA Division III championship. Peterson was the only vaulter to clear the bar at 16-10.00 feet, shattering the meet record and tying his own Institute standard in the process. That vault is good for fourth in Division III entering the national championship.

Also competing for the Cardinal and Gray were senior Daniel Harper (Naperville, Ill.) and freshman Allen Leung (Arcadia, Calif.) in the 5000 meters. Harper finished 10th overall with a season-best time of 14:51.79 while Leung came through in 15:22.28.

The final Tech harrier was Benji Xie (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) in the 3000 meters. Xie took 16th overall with a solid time of 8:40.70, just a few seconds off the MIT freshman record, owned by Leung.

MIT will learn of its selections to next weekend's NCAA Division III championship on Monday. The national meet, which will be hosted by Grinell College, begins next Friday, March 9.