Men's Track & Field Opens Home Slate With Win
Feb. 8, 2009
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The nationally-ranked No. 7 MIT men’s track and field team hosted Williams and Coast Guard in its first indoor meet of the season on Saturday afternoon at the Johnson track. The Engineers picked up 13 event wins and earned 171 points en route to a comfortable win over second-place Williams (117.50). Coast Guard earned 87.50 points for third place.
Yermie Cohen picked up right where he left off last week at Bowdoin with a pair of wins in the mile and 800m. Cohen ran a 4:18.88 mile to take the event for the second-straight week, just outlasting Macklin Chaffee of Williams (4:19.19). Cohen then out-kicked Chaffee at 800 meters finishing just five hundredths of a second better than the second-place finisher at 1:58.16. Teammate Bill Phipps was the next across the finish line at 1:59.08.
All-American Stephen Morton earned 28 points for the host Engineers, winning his four specialties, the 55-meter dash, the 200 meters, and the long and triple jumps. Morton (6.54) just missed out on his own personal-best at 55m, set last weekend at Bowdoin. He then raced to a comfortable win at 200m, finishing in 22.63, more than a second faster than the runner-up. A week after fouling out in the long jump, Morton found his home surface much more comfortable, clearing 7.09m, by far his best jump of the season. Morton (14.58m) and Mattias Flander (13.69m) also teamed up to go one-two in the triple jump.
Despite those impressive individual performances, the Cardinal and Grey would not have won the meet so convincingly without the depth displayed in a number of other events. Hemagiri Arumugam (8:50.83) led the way in the 3000m, as he, Paul Welle and Dan Harper claimed three of the top four spots. Tech also had three finishers in the top four at 5000 meters, with Gihan Amarasiriwardena crossing the finish line first at 15:26.51. MIT swept the top three spots in the shot put with Mitchell Kelley throwing 13.79m for first.
The Engineers will host a Coed Invitational next weekend while also taking part in the Valentine’s Meet at Boston University.