Feb. 26, 2006
BOSTON, Mass. - MIT visited Boston University's campus this weekend for the New England Championships. The Engineers had a successful two days of competition, tying for ninth place (28 points) with Providence College in the 33 squad field. The University of Connecticut won the two day meet with 161.50 points. Seniors Nate Ball and Uzoma Orji led the way for MIT. Ball was victorious in the pole vault, while Orji won the weight throw and placed second in the shot put.
Senior David Blau opened the competition for MIT with an 18th place finish in the 55 meter hurdles. Next in the one-mile run was senior Fivos Constantinou, who finished in 17th place with a time of 4:18.70. Sophomore Joe Roy-Mayhew earned 11th place in the 3000 meter run. He completed the race in 8:45.18. Then in the 5000 meter run, senior Eric Khatchadourian ran a 15:22.47 to finish 20th.
One of the highlights for MIT in the New England Championships came in the pole vault. Nate Ball earned the Engineers 10 points with his 4.96 meter vault. Uzoma Orji followed with two top notch performances of his own. First in the shot put, he threw for 17.04 meters. Northeastern University's Derek Anderson, who has consistently been one of Orji's only national competitors, placed first with a toss of 18.66 meters. But in the weight throw, Orji was not to be outdone. His toss was marked at 19.70 meters, significantly further than Anderson's 17.91 meter throw.
The Engineers travel to Canton, New York on Friday, March 3 to compete in the ECAC Championships. The meet will begin at 9:00 a.m.