Jan. 27, 2007
BRUNSWICK, Maine - MIT won just four events on Saturday, but the Engineers overall depth was enough to keep the men's track and field team undefeated in 2007. The Cardinal and Gray scored 167.5 points to finish comfortably ahead of second-place Tufts (127.5). Springfield (118), Bowdoin (75) and Colby (35) rounded out the field competing Saturday on Mt. Ararat Track.
For the third consecutive week, the Engineers earned big chunks of points in the jumping events. Senior Chris Bateman, junior Anthony Texeira and rookie Stephen Morton finished second through fourth, respectively, in the long jump, while Morton paced Tech's contingent in the triple jump with a second-place finish. Bateman, Texeira, junior Omari Stephens and Tim Humpton finished fourth through seventh.
Stephens secured one of the event victories for MIT on Saturday by leading a three-place sweep in the pole vault. Junior Patrick Barragan finished second, with sophomore Nate Sharpe closing in third. Freshman Cody Rebholz jumped in the mix and tied for sixth as the Engineers grabbed 24.5 of the 31 points in the event.
The Engineers dominance was again on display in the 5000-meter run. Despite conceding the top spot in a tough battle, rookie Johannes Schneider ran 15:21.77 and led an impressive sweep of the next four places.
MIT also picked up individual victories from sophomores Jake Ruzevick and Yermie Cohen, and freshman William Fedus. Ruzevick split 4:20.46 to easily win the mile, while Cohen outdueled rookie teammate Bill Phipps for first place in the 1000m. Fedus earned his first-place finish in the 600m, one of the promising rookie's most dominating events. Fedus ran 1:24.23 to hold off a competitive chase pack.