March 1, 2009
BOSTON, Mass. – Despite resting many of its key contributors, the nationally-ranked no. 8 MIT men’s track and field team was able to post some impressive individual performances at the All-New England Championship at Boston University over the weekend. Yermie Cohen’s personal-record in the mile helped key the Engineers to a 27th place finish out of 33 teams from across all NCAA Divisions.
Cohen ran a 4:11.30 mile in the slower of the two seeded sections, although that did not prevent the senior from finishing fifth overall. Cohen’s time currently ranks him ninth in Division III.
Matt Bieniosek also reached a new personal best in the 800m, finishing in 1:54.36, just slightly off the NCAA provisional qualifying mark. The senior will try to improve his time at next weekend’s ECAC Championship, in an attempt to earn a spot in the National Championship.
A week after his record breaking performance at the Division III New England Championship, Greg Tao cleared 15-3 feet in the pole vault, good for eighth place overall.
Tech’s five points were good for 27th overall and eighth among Division III squads. Connecticut took home the top spot with 128.50 points.
The Engineers will compete in next weekend’s ECAC Division III Championship hosted by Tufts University.