Men’s Track and Field Captures Westmont Classic
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Senior Chinedum Umachi (Detroit, Mich.) led the way with a pair of wins and a fourth-place finish, as the MIT men's track and field team won the Westmont Collegiate Classic on Saturday afternoon. Umachi accounted for 17 points for the Cardinal and Gray, which edged out host Westmont by 0.50 points for the team title.
Umachi was a winner in the hammer throw, 166-07 feet, and the discus, with a 137-03-foot effort. The senior also took fourth in the shot put, reaching 44-0.50 feet.
Senior Daniel Harper (Naperville, Ill.) took first place in the 5000 meters with his time of 15:10.08, over a full minute faster than his closest competitor. Harper also came back to finish 10th in the 1500m (4:08.14). Harper was one of three Tech harriers in the top 10 of the 1500, as sophomore Justin Bullock (Detroit, Mich.) was second in 4:01.28 and junior Kyle Hannon (Park Ridge, Ill.) took eighth. Bullock also earned a fifth-place showing in the 800 meters in 1:58.93.
Sophomore Tyler Singer-Clark (Falmouth, Mass.) had a busy afternoon, running third in the 200 meters (22.29 seconds), fourth in the 400 meters (49.13) and also completing a leg of the second-place 4x100 relay, which finished in 43.03 seconds. Singer-Clark was joined on the relay by juniors Josh Duncavage (Austin, Texas) and Jackson Wirekoh (Woodbridge, Va.) and freshman Nick Diamantoni (Belle Mead, N.J.).
Senior Stephen Serene (Washington, D.C.), racing by himself in the 3000 Steeplechase, posted an impressive time of 9:33.25, good for 13th-best in Division III on the season.
The Cardinal and Gray will take on host RPI and WPI in the Engineer's Cup next weekend.