April 12, 2014

No. 11 Engineers Claim First at Bates

LEWISTON, Maine - MIT's men's outdoor track and field, which is ranked 11th in the nation, traveled to Maine on Saturday afternoon for a meet against Bates College, Colby College and the University of Southern Main. Tech finished first with 257.5 points and was followed by host Bates with 220, Colby with 122.5 and Southern Maine with 107 points, winning 10 events along the way.

In the opening event, the 3000m Steeplechase, freshman Rory Beyer (Mateo, Calif.) and junior Kris Frey (Lake Forest, Calif.) were fourth and fifth with times of 10:00.29 and 10:05.89 respectively. Juniors Benji Xie (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) and Matt Jordan (Matthews, N.C.) took the top two spots in the 10,000m, with Xie winning in 32:20.19 and Jordan following with a 32:26.92. Tech's 4x100 relay finished eight-tenths of a second ahead of Colby's to finish in first with a time of 43.10.

Senior Justin Bullock (Detroit, Mich.), in his first meet of the outdoor season, won the 1500m in 4:06.64, crossing the line three full seconds ahead of Colby's Jeff Hale. Sophomore Ian Tolan (Binghamton, N.Y.) came third with a 4:09.84. In the 110m Hurdles, sophomore Adrian Samsel (Whippany, N.J.) was three-tenths of a second out of first place with his time of 15.34, while, a few events later, he won the 400m Hurdles with a 56.18. In the 100m, classmate States Lee (Charlotte, N.C.) claimed second with a time of 11.07, but won the 200m dash later on in the day in 21.84, improving on his seed time.

In the 800m, juniors Harrison Hunter (Northampton, Mass.) and Samuel Parker (Menlo Park, Calif.) finished less than two-tenths of a second apart to take first and second with times of 1:55.36 and 1:55.55 respectively. Senior Roy Wedge (Lawrence, Kan.) was second in the 5000m with his time of 15:03.45, crossing the line less than a second behind the winner from Colby. MIT's 4x400 A relay won by almost five seconds with its time of 3:22.80. The B relay took fourth in 3:29.60.

Entered in his three signature events, junior Ken Cooper (Newport Beach, Calif.) took first in the Hammer Throw (178-03) and second in the Shot Put (51-09.75) and the Discus Throw (160-11). Junior John Thomas (Somerville, Mass.) and Samsel were first and second in the High Jump with heights of 6-00.75 and 5-10.00, while sophomore Carrington Motley (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Samsel finished in second and third place in the Long Jump with jumps of 21-08.75 and 21-00.50. Motley went on to win the next event, the Triple Jump, with a jump of 46-06.25, while classmate Angel Echevarria (Sacramento, Calif.) placed second with a 45-02.25. To end the meet, junior Harry Rein (Hingham, Mass.) took first in the Javelin with a throw of 175-09.

From Wednesday, April 16 through Thursday, April 17, the Engineers will compete in the Holly Cross Decathlon, starting at 11:30 a.m. on the first day and 11:00 a.m. on the second.