May 10, 2014

MIT Finishes Ninth at New England Championships

WESTFIELD, Mass.  – MIT's men's track and field team was in action again on Saturday for day three of the New England Outdoor Championships hosted by Westfield State University. Up against 27 Division I, II, and III programs from across New England, Tech took ninth place in the team tally and recorded four personal best times on the day.

In the finals of the 400-meter dash, sophomore States Lee (Charlotte, N.C.) recorded the highest finish of the day for the Engineers, crossing the line in second place with a time of 47.53. Lee's time breaks his personal record by more than half a second and he currently ranks third on Tech's top-performers list.

MIT had two competitors in the 800-meter run. Junior Harrison Hunter (Northampton, Mass.) finished 10th in a time of 1:51.64 and junior Samuel Parker (Menlo Park, Calif.) crossed the line 16th in a time of 1:52.86. These were personal records for both Hunter and Parker, placing them fifth and seventh in Tech's top-times archive.

Adding to a day of personal best performances, senior Justin Bullock (Detroit, Mich.) competed in the 1500-meter run, finishing 18th in a career best time of 3:54.91.

MIT's 4x400-meter relay team of Lee, sophomores Adrian Samsel (Whippany, N.J.) and Derek Barnes (Coto De Caza, Calif.), and senior Tyler Singer-Clark (Falmouth, Mass.) crossed the line third in a time of 3:12.23, just 0.32 seconds off Tech's varsity record.

In the triple jump sophomores Carrington Motley (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Angel Echevarria (Sacramento, Calif.) finished seventh and 12th clearing 46-06.75 and 44-11.75, respectively. Samsel ran in the finals of the 400-meter hurdles finishing eighth in a time of 54.31.

The Engineers' 4x100-meter relay team of senior Michael DuPlessis (Wantagh, N.Y.), junior Nicholas Diamantoni (Boca Raton, Fla.), Lee, and Singer-Clark finished fifth in the event crossing the line in 41.93.

Junior Benjamin Schreck (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) and senior Jordan Mizerak (Lexington, Ma.) competed in the pole vault, both clearing 14-11.00 finishing 13th and 14th. In the discus throw, junior Ken Cooper (Newport Beach, Calif.) finished fourth with a distance of 158-07. He added a sixth place finish in the shot put, throwing 51-11.75.

Tech will return to competition on Thursday, May 15th, for the two day ECAC Championships hosted by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.