CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - At the official opening of the 2013 season, the MIT men's track and field team competed in the Harvard Challenge, finishing in fifth place with 43 points, narrowly behind Brown with 46 points. The Engineers were ranked 16th in the nation in the most recent U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) poll that was released on Jan. 9.
Junior Michael DuPlessis (Wantagh, N.Y.) started off the meet well by earning one point for the Engineers in the 60 meter dash, completing the event in 7.15 seconds. Freshman States Lee (Charlotte, N.C.) also earned a point in the 200 meter dash, crossing the line in 22.73. In the event with him was junior Tyler Singer-Clark (Falmouth, Mass.), who finished in ninth place with a time of 22.90.
Senior Kyle Hannon (Park Ridge, Ill.) came in second in the one mile run with a time of 4:13.42, finishing exactly half a second behind Brown's Kevin Cooper. Junior Justin Bullock (Detroit, Mich.) was right behind him in third place with a 4:13.42.
In both the 4x440 yard relay and the Distance Medley, the MIT A relay finished in third place, earning four points in both events. In the former, they finished in 3:20.92, narrowly being out-finished by Northeastern's A relay. In the latter, they crossed the line in 10:26.37.
In the pole vault, seniors Yida Gao (Marietta, Ga.) and Cyrus Vafadari (Columbus, Ga.) competed well, finishing in third and fourth place respectively and earning seven points. Gao vaulted 4.35 meters, while Vafadari was close behind with 4.30 meters.
The Engineers' best showing was in the triple jump, where four different MIT competitors earned ten points between them. Freshman Carrington Motley (Pittsburgh, Pa.) finished in third place with 14.05 meters, classmate Arinze Okeke (Hawthorne, Calif.) was fourth in 13.18 meters, senior Jackson Wirekoh (Woodbridge, Va.) was fifth with 13.15 meters and freshman Angel Echevarria (Sacramento, Calif.) was sixth, also with 13.15 meters.
In the heptathlon, junior Jordan Mizerak (Lexington, Mass.) finished in ninth place with 3971 points. In all of the events, his highest finishes were in the 60 meter hurdles, where he finished in sixth in 9.48 seconds and in the pole vault, where he finished seventh after vaulting 3.20 meters.
MIT will return to the track next weekend when it travels up the road to Boston University for the Terrier Classic that will take place from Friday-Saturday, Jan. 25-26. They will return home on Saturday for the first of two MIT Coed Invites, the second taking place in three weeks' time.