EASTON, Mass. - The MIT men's track and field team wrapped up competition at the New England Outdoor Championships with an eighth place finish with 36.50 points. The Engineers finished just ahead of New Hampshire with 35 points. Southern Connecticut State came in first place with 159 points.
To kick off the final day, sophomore Samuel Parker (Menlo Park, Calif.) ran the 800m, coming in 14th place with a time of 1:53.43. In the next event, the 1500m, junior Justin Bullock (Detroit, Mich.) came in 27th with a 4:11.95. After finishing in third place in the 400m Hurdles in prelims yesterday, freshman Michael Kaba (Jackson, N.J.) moved onto finals, coming in second place with a time of 52.20, dropping over a second and a half off his time and breaking both the MIT varsity and freshman record.
The MIT 4x100 relay that was composed of junior Michael DuPlessis (Wantagh, N.Y.), Kaba, senior Josh Duncavage (Austin, Texas) and junior Tyler Singer-Clark (Falmouth, Mass.) came in second place with a time of 41.93. The Southern Connecticut State relay crossed the line just two one-hundredths of a second ahead of the Engineers. The MIT 4x400 relay also finished in second place, finishing with a time of 3:12.42. The relay was made up of freshman States Lee (Charlotte, N.C.), Kaba, freshman Derek Barnes (Coto De Caza, Calif.) and Singer-Clark, narrowly breaking the MIT varsity record and putting them fourth on the NCAA Division III performance list.
Sophomore Benjamin Schreck (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) improved on his performance in the Pole Vault from yesterday, finishing in third place with a vault of 15-05.00. Senior Yida Gao (Marietta, Ga.) also improved, coming in 11th when he cleared the bar in 14-11.00.
To end the day, three Engineers competed in the Triple Jump. Freshman Carrington Motley (Pittsburgh, Pa.) finished highest for MIT, coming in eighth place with a jump of 45-10.00. Classmates Arinze Okeke (Hawthorne, Calif.) and Angel Echevarria (Sacramento, Calif.) finished in 13th and 15th place with jumps of 44-06.75 and 44-02.75 respectively.
The Engineers will return to action next weekend for the ECAC Division III Championships, before gearing up for the NCAA Championships that will be held at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse the following weekend.