BOSTON, Mass. - The Engineers traveled across the river on Monday to take part in the Boston University Invitational. While the meet was non-scoring, MIT made their presence felt with three first place finishes against their Division I opponents. Most impressive was senior Nate Ball, who took first place and set a new standard for MIT in the pole vault with an indoor school record 16-06.00 mark.
Northeastern University's Aaron Hill placed second (15-05.75) behind Ball in the pole vault. The previous MIT record for indoor pole vault was 16-05, also set by Ball in 2005. The last owner of MIT's indoor pole vault record before Ball was Matt Robinson (16-03 ¾ in 1994).
Sophomore Omari Stephens and senior Uzoma Orji also outpaced their Division 1 opponents. Stephens' mark of 12.86 meters was slightly better than that of sophomore teammate Anthony Teixeira (12.81). Orji continued his outright dominance in the weight throw with an 18.84 meter toss. Ed Reardon of Northeastern University threw for 17.05 meters and placed second.
Also with a strong performance was senior David Blau. He placed second in the 55 meter dash and third in the 200 meter dash.
The Engineers will be splitting up this Saturday, February 11 for two different competitions. Some men will travel to Boston University for the Valentine's Invitational at 10:30 a.m., while others will remain on campus for the Coed Invitational at 12:00 p.m.