TROY, N.Y. – With a number of top performers limited by injuries or other factors, the MIT men's track and field team battled to a hard-fought runner-up finish at the Engineer's Cup meet on Saturday. Tech finished behind host RPI with 127 team points and ahead of third-place WPI.
Sophomore Tyler Singer-Clark (Falmouth, Mass.) took first in the 200 meters and narrowly missed a second win in the 100m. Singer-Clark came through in 22.62 seconds to win the 200 but was beaten out by just two one-hundredths of a second in the 100 meters (11.45 seconds).
Freshman Sam Parker (Menlo Park, Calif.) led a sweep of the top three for Tech in the 800, winning with a time of 1:57.52. Juniors Gilbert O'Neil (Norton, Mass.) and David Way (Elmhurst, Ill.) backed up Parker's win with second and third-place finishes in 2:00.36 and 2:00.69, respectively.
Senior Kyle Hannon (Park Ridge, Ill.) also led the way to a one-two-three finish for the Engineers in the 1500 meters. Hannon (4:07.46) was followed across the finish by senior Stephen Serene (Washington, D.C.) and sophomore Justin Bullock (Detroit, Mich.).
Senior Chinedum Umachi (Detroit, Mich.) was the lone first-place performer for the Engineers in the field events. Umachi won the hammer throw with a toss of 164-05 feet. Junior Yida Gao (Marietta, Ga.) took third in the pole vault, clearing the bar at 13-5.25 feet.
The Cardinal and Gray will compete with Bates College, Colby College and the University of Southern Maine next weekend, in a meet hosted by Colby on Saturday, April 14.