Jan. 25, 2009
BOSTON, Mass. – The MIT men's track and field team followed up its impressive performance against Bates and Colby from last weekend by taking part in the Terrier Invitational at Boston University amongst a very competitive field. The Engineers were able to hold their own against a number of Division I athletes and achieve multiple personal bests on Saturday afternoon.
In the 400m, a pair of Engineers ran to new personal records, as Nick Leonard (51.02) and freshman Khalil Dozier (53.21) posted solid times. Four distance runners were also able run for personal bests. Hemagiri Arumugam (8:37.41) and Paul Welle (8:39.10) set new individual standards in the 3000 meters. In the 5000m Dan Harper finished in a time of 15:16.87 and Gihan Amarasiriwardena (15:27.77) was a few seconds slower, as both times were new bests for each runner.
The impressive performances continued in the field events. Three pole-vaulters finished in the top 13 while a pair set personal records. Greg Tao and Nate Sharpe were the top finishers, each clearing 14' 3.25", a new career high for Sharpe. Travis Henry's vault of 13' 9.25" was also an individual best.
In the weight throw, Tony McDonald reached 49' 4.25", good for 17th place finish. Adam Mustafa's effort landed just a few feet shorter, finishing at 47' 2.5" and in 22nd overall. Both men achieved personal records in the event.
After last weekend's dominant performances, Stephen Morton came up a bit short in the long (6.76m) and triple (14.39m) jumps by his standards but was still able to secure top seven finished in each event, including third place overall in the triple jump.
MIT will be back in action next weekend at Bowdoin College taking on the host Polar Bears, along with Colby, Springfield and Tufts on Saturday afternoon.