CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In the final U.S Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) poll that was released on Wednesday afternoon, the MIT men's indoor track and field team are ranked 23rd in the nation, behind Carthage College and ahead of the University of Southern Maine. The Engineers moved up an impressive 36 places from the Feb. 20 ranking.
Over the weekend, MIT competed in the New England Championships that were held at Boston University. On the first day of competition, sophomore Tyler Singer-Clark (Falmouth, Mass.) and freshman States Lee (Charlotte, N.C.) finished just one-one hundredth of a second apart in the 400 meters with times of 49.50 and 49.51 respectively. Lee broke the MIT freshman record by four one-hundredths of a second. On the second day, the 4x400 relay, which consisted of Lee, Clark, freshman Derek Barnes (Coto De Caza, Calif.) and senior Patrick Marx (Grand Rapids, Minn.) finished in fifth place with a time of 3:14.64, breaking an MIT record that had remained untouched for over two decades.
This Friday and Saturday, a handful of Engineers will compete at the ECAC Division III Championship at the Armory in New York City. Another group of athletes will return to Tufts for the last chance qualifier. After that, MIT will be preparing for the NCAA Championship that will be held from March 8-9 at North Central College in Naperville, Ill.