Feb. 5, 2005
BOSTON, Mass. - MIT men's track and field used 22 season or personal best performances in catapulting to a second-place finish at Boston University. The Engineers finished second despite being the only Division III team in the field.
MIT scored 77 points, not near enough to upend Rutgers University (131), but enough to outpace Northeastern (62), Providence (54), Boston University (40) and Boston College (39).
Nate Ball shined for Tech in the pole vault, earning an easy win after finishing clean through 15'6". MIT's other victory on the afternoon came courtesy of Uzoma Orji, who threw a season-best 59'5" to win the weight throw. Orji threw a season-best in the shot put as well, but still suffered his first loss of the season. Continuing to refine his technique, Orji threw 55'4.75", although the toss was only strong enough for second.
All-America senior Ben Schmeckpeper offered up a historic performance in the 3000 for MIT. Although Schmeckpeper finished third overall, his time of 8:20.69 smashed Bob Walmsley's '83 varsity record by over seven seconds.
Zach Traina also scored some critical points for the Engineers with runner-up finishes in both the 55-meter dash (6.81) and the 200 (22.55).
Next week, MIT will split its squad, sending some back to BU for the Valentine's Fasttrack Invitational to improve their seed performance for the upcoming championships. The rest of the team will be at home to compete in the Coed Invitational.