No. 9 Men's Track and Field Runs Well at Gordon Kelly Invite

Sophomore Adrian Samsel
Sophomore Adrian Samsel

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - With some of its athletes at Boston University for the David Hemery Valentine's Invitational, another group of the No. 9 MIT men's indoor track and field team remained at home for the Gordon Kelly Invitational, which was hosted on Saturday afternoon. Three different Engineers walked away with wins at the end of the day.

In the first event, the 60m, senior Michael DuPlessis (Wantagh, N.Y.) was the first of the Engineers to cross the line, coming in eighth place with his time of 7.32. Junior Brad Goldsberry (Elizabeth, Colo.) followed soon after with a 7.47, taking 17th. Goldsberry went on to finish 23rd in the 200m in 24.82. In the 5000m, sophomore Matthew Deyo (Manlius, N.Y.) came first by 11 seconds in 15:31.30 and freshman Brian Gilligan (Framingham, Mass.) was eighth in 16:19.62.

Sophomore Adrian Samsel (Whippany, N.J.) came first in his section of the 600m, taking fifth overall with a time of 1:26.90. In the next event, the 800m, junior Ricardo Paez (Ontario, Calif.) won in 1:59.43, leaving almost three seconds between him and the second place finisher. Also running that event was sophomore Fernando Torija (Shippensburg, Pa.), who came in ninth in 2:06.05. Also placing highly in his event was freshman Ken Leidal (Downingtown, Pa.), who came third in the 3000m with an 8:56.04, while Paez was 10th in 9:15.45.

Tech fared well in the Pole Vault, taking three of the top five spots. Junior Benjamin Schreck (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) was first with a vault of 16-00.75, sophomore Marshall Wentworth (Oakland, Calif.) took fourth when he cleared the bar in 13-07.25 and freshman Ian Perry (Wayne, Maine) came fifth in 13-01.50. Sophomore Carrington Motley (Pittsburgh, Pa.) was second in both the Long Jump and the Triple Jump with jumps of 21-06.00 and 45-00.25. Classmate Angel Echevarria (Sacramento, Calif.) claimed first in the Triple Jump with a 45-05.25.

As he has done for the past few meets, junior Ken Cooper (Newport Beach, Calif.) came first in the Shot Put with a throw of 50-01.25. Freshman Sebastian Santos (Imperial, Calif.) was seventh with a 42-03.25, sophomore Timothy Shoyer, Jr. (Hingham, Mass.) came 12th with a throw of 40-09.75 and classmate Alex Noakes (Watkinsville, Ga.) crossed the line in 14th with a 40-05.00. A few events later, Cooper also won the Weight Throw with a throw of 56-01.00, while Noakes was fifth in 45-06.25 and Shoyer, Jr. was eighth with a 45-02.25.

Next up for the Cardinal and Gray is the Tufts Invitational, which will take place on Saturday, Feb. 15. After that, MIT will host the New England Division III Championships on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 21-22.