February 26, 2007

MIT Track and Field Enjoys Good Effort At All-New England Championships

Feb. 26, 2007

BOSTON, Mass. - MIT men's and women's track and field continued its postseason run at the all-divisional New England Championships at Boston University, this weekend. Freshman Maria Monks paced the Engineers' contingent after shattering the school record in the 500-meter run for the second time in three weeks.

Monks split 17:21.62 for the 25-lap race and secured five points for MIT in the team standings after crossing the line fourth overall. Twenty-six competitors were in the field, but Monks raced at the top the entire way. As of Sunday night, Monks' time in the 5k ranked 10th in Division III.

Fellow rookie Amy Magnuson also made her presence known against the region's elite as she kept in line with her seed time in the 55m high hurdles en route to a 10th-place finish. Magnuson, who missed making finals by one place, split 8.43 in the semis. The women also earned points in the pole vault, with Allison Brown and Emily Hwang tying for seventh place after clearing 10'2.75".

On the men's side, only senior Omari Stepehens cracked the leaderboard, vaulting 14'9" to secure an eighth-place finish in that event. Greg Tao set a personal record of 14'3.25", but finished just outside of the scoring.

Freshman Stephen Morton lowered his rookie record with another great performance in the 200m. Despite a slow start, Morton closed hard and finished with a time of 22.37. Morton also delivered a decent effort in the triple jump, closing with a leap of 44'4.75".

Junior Joseph Roy-Mayhew and freshman Hemagiri Arumugam posted huge personal bests in the slow section of the 5000m. Roy-Mayhew dominated the heat, crushing the field in the final mile en route to a time of 15:00.95. Arumugam wasn't quite able to keep Roy-Mayhew's pace, but the freshman did set a 20 second PR with a clip of 15:20.12. Sophomore Jake Ruzevik, who was hoping to improve his NCAA chances in the 5k, slipped from the pack in the fast section and closed with a time of 15:02.

Sophomore Matt Bieniosek also set a personal mark on Saturday, finishing fast to post a time of 1:55.83 in the 800m. The time was over a second faster than Bieniosek's previous best.

The University of Connecticut easily won both sides of the championship. The University of Rhode Island finished second on the men's side, while Northeastern's women finished second overall in the team standings.