April 27, 2013

Engineers Claim 14th Straight NEWMAC Championship

SRINGFIELD, Mass. - At the 2013 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Track and Field Championships, the MIT men's outdoor track and field team finished first for the 14th year in a row with 290 points. WPI was second with 215 and Coast Guard was third with 114. Six different Engineers ran away with wins in individual events, as did the 4x100 relay.

Freshman Michael Kaba (Jackson, N.J.) was named the NEWMAC Male Rookie of the Year for his performances at the meet, which included two firsts and a second place finish and three new records.

Junior Tyler Singer-Clark (Falmouth, Mass.) started the meet off with two wins in a row, first in the 100m with a time of 10.98 and then in the 200m in 21.95. In the 200m, freshmen States Lee (Charlotte, N.C.) and Derek Barnes (Coto De Caza, Calif.) finished after Singer-Clark in second and third place with times of 22.38 and 22.44 respectively. Lee was victorious in the next event, the 400m, with a 49.11, while Barnes was third with a time of 49.61.

The 800m was a strong event for the Engineers, who took first through fourth. Senior Patrick Marx (Grand Rapids, Minn.) crossed the line first with a 1:53.21 and was followed by sophomores Chadd Kiggins (Xenia, Ohio) and Samuel Parker (Menlo Park, Calif.) in second and third with times of 1:55.23 and 1:55.55. Classmate Harrison Hunter (Northampton, Mass.) finished fourth with a 1:55.76.

Junior Justin Bullock (Detroit, Mich.) came in first place in the 1500m with a 3:55.62, dropping six seconds and moving up five spots from last year's championship. In the 5000m, junior Roy Wedge (Lawrence, Kan.) and sophomore Benji Xie (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) crossed the line in second and third place with times of 15:09.45 and 15:28.93. In the 10,000m, freshman Matthew Deyo took the win with a 32:45.69, with sophomore Allen Leung (Arcadia, Calif.) coming in second with a 32:48.38.

Kaba came second in the 110m hurdles with a 14.94, earning a new MIT freshman record, before winning the 400m hurdles with a new MIT and meet record of 53.63. Classmates Adrian Samsel (Whippany, N.J.) and Richard Lu (Chapel Hill, N.C.) were second and third in the 400m hurdles with times of 55.36 and 56.15 respectively. In the 3000 Steeplechase, senior Logan Trimble (Clearwater, Fla.) crossed the line first with a 9:34.32, eight full seconds ahead of the second place finisher. The 4x100 relay, which consisted of Lee, Kaba, sophomore Nick Diamantoni (Belle Mead, N.J.) and Singer-Clark, finished first with a time of 42.52.

Senior Cyrus Vafadari (Columbus, Ga.) was second in the pole vault with a vault of 15-01.00 and was followed by sophomore Benjamin Schreck (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) in third with a 14-01.25 and senior Yida Gao (Marietta, Ga.), also with a 14-01.25.

In the long jump, freshman Carrington Motley (Pittsburgh, Pa.) led a group of three Engineers with a jump of 21-07.50, landing in second place, and was followed by classmate Arinze Okeke (Hawthorne, Calif.) in third, also with a 21-07.50, and senior Jackson Wirekoh (Woodbridge, Va.) in fourth with a 20-08.00. Freshman Angel Echevarria (Sacramento, Calif.) was sixth with a jump of 20-05.00 and later came second in the triple jump with a 44-03.25. Motley was third with a 44-00.50.

In the discus throw, freshman Alex Noakes (Watkinsville, Ga.) finished in fifth place with a throw of 122-10. In the final event of the meet, the javelin throw, sophomore Harry Rein (Hingham, Mass.) came second with a 171-05 and freshman Timothy Curtis Shoyer, Jr. (Hingham, Mass.) was third with a 161-05.

The Engineers will continue their season at the New England Division III Championships that will be held at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, on Friday and Saturday, May 3-4.