Tech Emerges from Stampede in First

Junior John Thomas
Junior John Thomas

SOMERVILLE, Mass. - With groups of runners going to three different locations for meets last weekend, the No. 11 MIT men's indoor track and field team had a more relaxed weekend this time, traveling down the road to Tufts University for the Tufts Stampede Invitational on Saturday. Tech finished in first place with a score of 257, finishing over 100 points ahead of host Tufts in second with 117. Coast Guard was third with 85.50.

In the High Jump, junior John Thomas (Somerville, Mass.) finished in second place with a jump of 6-00.00, earning eight points towards MIT's final score. Sophomore Adrian Samsel (Whippany, N.J.) tied for third, also with a 6-00.00, and senior Jordan Mizerak (Lexington, Mass.) was seventh with a 5-10.00. Junior Benjamin Schreck (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) was second in the Pole Vault with a 15-01.00 and sophomore Carrington Motley (Pittsburgh, Pa.) was third in the Long Jump with a 21-00.75. Samsel came fourth with a jump of 20-10.75. Motley also took fourth in the Triple Jump with a 43-03.25 and fellow sophomore Angel Echevarria (Arcadia, Calif.) came in just ahead of him in third place with a jump of 44-06.25.

Junior Ken Cooper (Newport Beach, Calif.) came first in the Weight Throw with a 56-01.75, improving on his throw of 54-10.00 from last weekend's Boston University Terrier Invitational. Finishing behind him were sophomores Alex Noakes (Watkinsville, Ga.) in seventh with a 45-04.25 and Timothy Shoyer, Jr. (Hingham, Mass.) in ninth with a throw of 43-05.25, and freshmen Sebastian Santos (Imperial, Calif.) and Kevin Kusch (Mobile, Ala.) in 11th and 13th with throws of 41-07.00 and 37-07.25 respectively. Cooper also won the Shot Put with a throw of 52-07.25.

In the 60m Hurdles final, sophomore Michael Kaba (Jackson, N.J.) ran an 8.62 to take fourth place, while Samsel finished in sixth with an 8.90. Tech had four runners in the final of the 60m Dash, with senior Tyler Singer-Clark (Falmouth, Mass.) taking second in 7.21, freshman Taylor Njaka (San Jose, Calif.) coming in third place in 7.25, Kaba coming fifth with a 7.29 and senior Michael DuPlessis (Wantagh, N.Y.) finishing in seventh with a time of 7.39.

Junior Benji Xie (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) won the 3000m with a time of 8:46.36, with sophomore Ian Tolan (Binghamton, N.Y.) taking third in 8:49.20 and junior Matthew Deyo (Manlius, N.Y.) coming in sixth with a 8:50.78. In the 400m, sophomore States Lee (Charlotte, N.C.) crossed the line first with a 50.46 and was followed by junior Nicholas Diamantoni (Boca Raton, Fla.) in third in 51.12, sophomore Derek Barnes (Coto De Caza, Calif.) in fourth in 51.46 and freshman Danny Newman (St. Charles, Ill.) taking sixth with a 52.34.

Winning the 600m was senior Mac Gager (Rye, N.Y.), who crossed the line in 1:23.56, and freshman Henry Tareque (Ossining, N.Y.) was fourth in 1:26.12. Junior Samuel Parker (Menlo Park, Calif.) came second in the 800m with a 1:53.15, while freshman Andrew Mullen (Rochester, N.Y.) was first in the 1000m in 2:36.31. Also competing in the 1000 were fellow freshmen Ken Leidal (Downingtown, Pa.) and Nicholas Matthews (Houston, Texas), who were third and fourth with times of 2:37.77 and 2:41.96.

MIT had five runners finish in the top six in the 200m, with Singer-Clark coming in first place with his 22.68 and Lee placing second in 23.03. Kaba took fourth in 23.32, Diamantoni was fifth in 23.37 and Njaka was sixth with a 23.59.

Tech's 4x400 A relay came in second place with its time of 3:27.66. The relay, made up of Parker, Gager, Mullen and junior Chadd Kiggins (Xenia, Ohio), finished less than three seconds behind Coast Guard's relay and another three seconds ahead of Haverford's relay. Tech's 4x800 relay, composed of sophomore Dominique Hoskin (Ellicott City, Md.), Tareque, sophomore Fernando Torija (Shippensburg, Pa.) and junior Ricardo Paez (Ontario, Calif.), took first with a time of 8:18.20, finishing over 30 seconds ahead of Bridgewater State's A relay, that came second with an 8:52.09.

Next weekend is another busy one for the Cardinal and Gray. MIT will return to Boston University for the David Hemery Invitational on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 7-8, while a group of Engineers will remain at home for the Gordon Kelly Invitational on Saturday, a meet named in honor of yet another former Tech head coach.