BOSTON, Mass. - With the indoor season slowly coming to a close, the No. 10 MIT men's track and field team sent its student-athletes to two different meets, as it has done a number of times in the past few weeks. The majority of the team returned to the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center for the second day of the Eastern College Athletic Center (ECAC) Championship, while a smaller group competed in the IC4A Indoor Championship at Boston University. At ECACs, Tech finished in 23rd place with 13 points.
First, at ECACs, running in the sixth section of the 400m were senior Mac Gager (Rye, N.Y.) and junior Nicholas Diamantoni (Boca Raton, Fla.), who came in third and fifth out of that group with times of 51.17 and 51.40. Overall, Gager finished in 22nd and Diamantoni took 29th place. Junior Harrison Hunter (Northampton, Mass.) took sixth in the 800m in 1:55.11, crossing the line less than two seconds behind the first place finisher.
Sophomore Adrian Samsel (Whippany, N.J.) completed the remaining three events of the Heptathlon. He finished in fourth place in the 60m Hurdles with a time of 8.85, tied for fifth in the Pole Vault when he cleared the bar win 10-08 and took third in the 1000m in 2:44.21. He ended up coming third with 4651 points.
Over at Boston University, sophomore States Lee (Charlotte, N.C.) bettered his own 400m record to a 48.36 to take 12th in the preliminaries of the event. He originally broke the record, which had withstood for the past two decades, at Boston University's Scarlet and White Invitational last month. His new time moves him up to 10th on the NCAA top times list. In the 1000m, junior Ricardo Paez (Ontario, Calif.) came in eighth in 2:32.27.
Senior Tyler Singer-Clark (Falmouth, Mass.) came in 30th in the 200m with a time of 22.21, which is just a tenth of a second off his season-best time. Tech's 4x400 relay finished in second in its heat with its time of 3:14.98. The relay, which was composed of Lee, fellow sophomores Michael Kaba (Jackson, N.J.) and Derek Barnes (Coto De Caza, Calif.), and Singer-Clark, just missed out on qualifying for finals.
MIT will start gearing up for the NCAA Division III Championships, which will be held at the Bob Devaney Sports Center and hosted by Nebraska Wesleyan University next Friday and Saturday, March 14-15.