Engineers Take on the Cupid Challenge and the Scarlet & White Invite

Junior Ken Cooper

SOMERVILLE, Mass. - At its final meets before the New England Division III Championships, which will be hosted by the Engineers next weekend, the No. 9 MIT men's indoor track and field competed at the Tufts Cupid Challenge and the Boston University Scarlet and White Invitational on Saturday. Although this was a non-scoring meet, the Engineers were given the chance to improve their performances in anticipation of the meets coming up in the next few weeks.

In the preliminaries of the 60m at Tufts, freshman Taylor Njaka (San Jose, Calif.) and senior Tyler Singer-Clark (Falmouth, Mass.) came in fifth and eighth place with times of 7.19 and 7.23 respectively. Both runners moved up in finals, with Njaka taking sixth and Singer-Clark finishing in seventh place, both with times of 7.20. Singer-Clark went on to win the 200m a few events later with his 22.76 and Njaka was 11th in 23.34.

Junior Samuel Parker (Menlo Park, Calif.) came in third place in the 600m in 1:23.22, while freshman Andrew Mullen (Rochester, N.Y.) took 12th with his time of 1:25.11. In the 5000m, freshman Brian Gilligan (Framingham, Mass.) was ninth with a 15:46.43, earning a best time by almost 10 seconds.

Starting off the field events was junior John Thomas (Somerville, Mass.), who was 10th in the High Jump with a jump of 6-00.00, which is a new season best time. Classmate Benjamin Schreck (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) came first in the Pole Vault when he cleared the bar in 15-07.00,  freshman Ian Perry (Wayne, Maine) was fourth with a 13-07.25 and sophomore Marshall Wentworth (Oakland, Calif.) tied for seventh, also with a 13-07.25, with both Perry and Wentworth earning season best vaults.

In the Long Jump, sophomore Adrian Samsel (Whippany, N.J.) came fifth with a new personal record of 21-02.50 while, in the Triple Jump, classmates Carrington Motley (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Angel Echevarria (Sacramento, Calif.) were first and third with jumps of 47-02.50 and 46-03.25 respectively. Junior Ken Cooper (Newport Beach, Calif.) came second in both the Shot Put and the Weight Throw with throws of 52-11.00 and 61-04.25, earning a personal best in the Weight Throw.

At Boston University, sophomore States Lee (Charlotte, N.C.) came second in the 400m with a time of 48.45, breaking the MIT record from 1990 by one one-hundredth of a second. In the 1000m, junior Ricardo Paez (Ontario, Calif.) rank a 2:29.82 to take fifth and, in the 800m, classmate Harrison Hunter (Northampton, Mass.) came in 14th with his time of 1:55.57.

Next up for the Cardinal and Gray will be the New England Division III Championships, which will take place at home from Friday through Saturday, Feb. 21-22. The last time Tech hosted the Championships was in 2009. Last season, MIT finished in first place at the meet that took place at Bates College.