April 5, 2009
WORCESTER, Mass. – Despite cold and windy conditions on Saturday, the MIT men’s track and field team displayed its overall depth in winning the Engineer’s Cup hosted by WPI. Tech won seven of 19 events for a total of 160.50, well ahead of second-place RPI’s score of 123.50.
Vladimir Sobes had one of the most impressive individual performances of the day, throwing 190-4 feet in the javelin, a personal record and good for a provisional qualification to the NCAA Championship. Greg Tao once again won the pole vault, clearing 15-4.50 feet. Four other Engineers scored points in the vault, as Nathan Peterson, Cyrus Vafadari and Nate Sharpe each finished in the top six. Stephen Morton combined with Matthias Flander to go one-two in the long jump, while Flander also took first in the triple jump.
The Cardinal and Grey had a number of solid showings on the track as well. Richard Prevost won the 3000m Steeplechase with a time of 9:34.80. Yermie Cohen led a dominant team performance at 800 meters. Cohen edged teammate Bill Phipps for first with a time of 1:58.52. Four of Cohen’s teammates followed him across the finish, as MIT swept the top five in the event. Daniel Harper was Tech’s final event winner of the day, battling the strongest winds of the day to take first in the 5000m (15:52.55) by a comfortable 12 second margin.
Next weekend, MIT will travel to Colby College to take on the host Mules, as well as Bates and Southern Maine.