May 5, 2012

Men's Track & Field Wins New England Division III Championship

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The MIT men's track and field team captured its eighth New England Division III outdoor title on Saturday, winning the meet held at the Steinbrenner Track with 113 points, snapping Williams College's streak of eight consecutive team crowns. Sophomore Tyler Singer-Clark (Falmouth, Mass.) led the way with a pair of individual wins, as the Cardinal and Gray won four total events but used their outstanding team balance to outscore Williams by 15.5 points.

Singer-Clark accounted for 23.5 points on his own, winning both the 200 meters and 400 meters while also running on a pair of relay for the Engineers. Singer-Clark, sophomore Michael DuPlessis (Wantagh, N.Y.) and freshmen Nick Diamantoni (Belle Mead, N.J.) and Sheldon Trotman (Gaithersburg, Md.) finished second in the 4x100 relay.

Singer-Clark, Diamantoni and juniors Brian Gager (Rye, N.Y.) and Patrick Marx (Grand Rapids, Mich.) took third in the 4x400 relay.  Marx also added a third-place finish in the 800 meters with a time of 1:51.80.

Senior Daniel Harper (Naperville, Ill.) completed an impressive double, winning the 10,000 meters on Friday night with a time of 30:20.42 before coming back on Saturday to take third in the 5000 meters in 14:42.97. Sophomore Roy Wedge (Lawrence, Kan.) and freshman Benji Xie (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) backed up Harper in the 10k with a fifth and sixth-place showing, respectively.

Tech's final event win came in the pole vault, as junior Nathan Peterson (Kansas City, Mo.) cleared 15-11.00 feet to take first.

Senior Chinedum Umachi (Detroit, Mich.) had a pair of strong showing in the throws, taking second in the hammer with a 186-01 foot toss and finishing fourth in the discus with a 152-10 foot effort.

MIT will host the All-New England Championship next weekend from Thursday through Saturday at the Steinbrenner Track.