March 8, 2009
BOSTON, Mass. – Despite sending a limited number of competitors, the nationally-ranked no. 10 MIT men’s track and field team was able to secure a tie for 16th place at the ECAC Division III Championship hosted by Tufts University over the weekend. All-American Stephen Morton led the way for the Cardinal and Grey with a pair of top-five finishes in the long and triple jumps.
Hoping to improve on his season-best mark, Morton opened the weekend in the triple jump with a distance of 46 feet for a fourth-place showing. He currently sits third in the nation in the event. His jump of 22-8.50 feet in the long jump was good for second place. The sophomore heads into the NCAA Championship seeded fourth in the long jump.
Tech’s only other athletes competing at the meet were the pole vaulters, led by Greg Tao. Tao was one of four competitors to clear 15-11.00 feet but finished third based on misses. The junior is tied for 10th in Division III entering the National Championship meet.
A pair of runners were also entered in the IC4A Championship at Boston University, competing primarily against Division I athletes. Yermie Cohen ran a 4:13.53 mile to finish 20th overall. Cohen is currently seeded 11th in the mile for next weekend’s meet. Matt Bieniosek finished 24th in the 800 meters with a time of 1:54.79.
The NCAA Division III Championship will be held Friday and Saturday, March 13 and 14 at Rose Hulman Institute in Terre Haute, Ind.