SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The MIT men's outdoor track and field team officially opened its season at the Westmont Collegiate Classic on Saturday as part of its spring trip. Out of the six teams taking part in the meet, the Engineers finished in second place with 77.50 points, ahead of La Verne with 70 and behind host Westmont with 128. Seniors Logan Trimble (Clearwater, Fla.) and Cyrus Vafadari (Columbus, Ga.) were the only MIT athletes to win an event, with Trimble completing the Steeplechase in 9:49.85, over 35 seconds ahead of the second place finisher, and Vafadari clearing the bar in the pole vault in 15-05.00.
To start things off, junior Tyler Singer-Clark (Falmouth, Mass.) finished in second place in the 200m with a time of 22.56. He followed that up with another second place finish, this time in the 400m, with a 49.77. Junior Justin Bullock (Detroit, Mich.) was runner-up in the 800m in 1:56.15 and, in the next event, the 1500m, he came in seventh place with a time of 4:09.22.
Freshman Adrian Samsel (Whippany, N.J.) came third in the 110m hurdles with a 16.19 and junior Jordan Mizerak (Lexington, Mass.) came seventh in 17.89. In the 400m hurdles, Samsel came fourth with a time of 59.19 and classmate Richard Lu (Chapel Hill, N.C.) was fifth in 59.27.
Senior Yida Gao (Marietta, Ga.) also competed in the pole vault, finishing in second place after clearing the bar in 14-11.00. Mizerak followed in fifth place with an 11-11.75. Freshman Carrington Motley (Pittsburgh, Pa.) came second in the long jump with a 21-06.00 and classmate Arinze Okeke (Hawthorne, Calif.) was ninth with a 20-06.25.
In both the shot put and the discus throw, freshman Alex Noakes (Watkinsville, Ga.) was sixth with his throws of 41-04.25 and 119-05. He came eighth in the hammer throw with a 115-03. Classmate Timothy Curtis Shoyer, Jr. (Hingham, Mass.) competed in the hammer throw and javelin throw, finishing in sixth place with a 122-08 and fifth with a 159-07.
MIT will host its first meet of the season, the Engineer's Cup, on Saturday, April 6 at noon, welcoming WPI and RPI to campus.