March 16, 2009
Terre Haute, Ind. - The MIT men's track and field garnered three All-America honors at the NCAA Division III Championship at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology over the weekend. Stephen Morton was named All-America in two events while Greg Tao also picked up accolades in the pole vault for the Engineers who finished in a tie for 32nd out of 74 teams competing.
Morton led things off in the long jump on Friday. The junior was able to improve upon his eight-place showing at last year's Championship, jumping 23-1.25 feet to finish fifth. Morton also qualified in the triple jump the following day and was able to earn a spot on the awards stand once again, finishing eighth with a jump of 46-7.25 feet.
Tao had an impressive performance in the pole vault. He entered the meet seeded 11th of 15 and was able to improve upon that position, clearing 15-7.75 feet into eighth place and an All-America nod.
MIT's final competitor of the weekend was Yermie Cohen in the mile. Despite a solid effort of 4:14.43 in the trials, Cohen was unable to qualify for the finals finishing just outside the top 10.