May 9, 2014

Samsel and Lee Lead MIT at New England Outdoor Championships

WESTFIELD, Mass.  – A few members of the MIT men's track and field team took to the track on Friday to compete in day two of three of the New England Outdoor Championships at Westfield State University. After claiming the team titles at the NEWMAC Championship and New England Division III Championship the past two weekends, Tech faced off against student-athletes from Division I, II, and III institutions from across the region.

Qualifying for tomorrow's finals in the 400-meter hurdles, sophomore Adrian Samsel (Whippany, N.J.) finished in third place with a lifetime best performance of 53.71. This race puts Samsel seventh on MIT's Top-Ten list.

In the preliminary heats of the 400-meter dash, sophomore States Lee (Charlotte, N.C.) recorded the fifth fastest time of the day, crossing the line in 48.74. Lee will compete in the finals of the event on Saturday. Joining Lee in the prelims of the 400 was sophomore Derek Barnes (Coto De Caza, Calif.) who finished 19th in a time of 49.97.

In the 200-meter dash, senior Tyler Singer-Clark (Falmouth, Mass.) finished 16th in the preliminary heats with a time of 22.48. Classmate Michael DuPlessis (Wantagh, N.Y.) competed in the preliminary heats of the 100-meter dash finishing 25th with a time of 11.30.

MIT will return to action on Saturday for the final day of competition at the New England Outdoor Championships. Competition is set to begin at 10:00 am.