Engineers Earn Multiple Personal Best Times at David Hemery Invite

Freshman Nicholas Matthews

BOSTON, Mass.  - While some of its members competed in the Gordon Kelly Invitational at home, another group of the No. 9 MIT men's indoor track and field team traveled down the road to Boston University for the David Hemery Valentine Invitational on Saturday. Almost every one of the Engineers earned either a season best or a personal best time in their races.

Senior Tyler Singer-Clark (Falmouth, Mass.) started the day off by crossing the line in the 200m with a time of 22.10 to take 27th, earning a season best time. In the 400m, sophomore States Lee (Charlotte, N.C.) was 17th with a 48.58 and Singer-Clark came 21st in 48.75, with both runners earning season bests. Also competing at that event were sophomores Michael Kaba (Jackson, N.J.) and Derek Barnes (Coto De Caza, Calif.), who came 41st  and 43rd with times of 49.63 and 49.69 respectively, and junior Nicholas Diamantoni (Boca Raton, Fla.), who finished in 51st with a time of 49.88. Kaba and Diamantoni both earned season best times.

In the 500m, junior Samuel Parker (Menlo Park, Calif.) crossed the line in 1:05.12, earning a personal best time by three one-hundredths of a second, while senior Mac Gager (Rye, N.Y.) also earned a best time with his 1:05.84 to take 25th. Junior Chadd Kiggins (Xenia, Ohio) had a strong race in the 1000m, coming in 19th with a time of 2:28.82 and freshman Nicholas Matthews (Houston, Texas) was 41st in 2:32.41. Both runners earned person best times.

Another runner to earn a personal best was junior Benji Xie (El Dorado Hills, Calif.), who went 14:40.42 in the 5000m to take 27th place. Classmate Matt Jordan (Matthews, N.C.) followed soon after in 47th with a time of 14:59.28. In the final individual event of the day, the 60m Hurdles, Kaba was the lone MIT representative, coming in 42nd place with his time of 8.86.

Tech came in third place in the 4x400 relay with its time of 3:15.94. The relay, made up of Lee, Kaba, Barnes and Singer-Clark, finished two tenths of a second ahead of the University of Southern Maine's A relay. In the Distance Medley Relay, the Engineers came in fifth place with their  time of 9:57.76. Parker, Lee, freshman Andrew Mullen (Rochester, N.Y.) and Kiggins earned a season best time in that race.

Next Saturday, Feb. 15, MIT will compete in the Tufts Invitational. The following weekend, the Cardinal and Gray are set to host the New England Division III Championships, which will take place from Friday through Saturday, Feb. 21-22.