April 12, 2009
LEWISTON, Maine - The MIT men's track and field team captured seven event wins en route to a second-place finish among four teams in a meet hosted by Colby College on Saturday. The Engineers were unable to keep pace with Bates College, finishing 12 points behind the winning squad with a total of 215.
Tech's most impressive overall performance came in the pole vault, as the team accounted for seven of the top nine positions. Greg Tao led the way with a personal-best vault of 15-07 feet to claim the top spot.
Sophomore Nick Leonard swept both hurdles races, winning the 110m hurdles with a time of 16.06 and the 400-meter race in 56.48.
Yermie Cohen was the first of three MIT runners to place in the top five in the 1500. Cohen finished in 4:01.83 to win the race. Paul Welle (4:04.22) and Benjamin Mattocks (4:07.95) also ran in the top five. Jake Ruzevick earned a comfortable victory at 5000m with a time of 15:09.73, more than 11 seconds better than the runner-up. Hemagiri Arumugam, Gihan Amarasiriwardena and Jack Bourbonnais placed third through fifth respectively in the event.
In addition to the victorious 4x800m relay squad, Vladimir Sobes accounted for the Cardinal and Grey's other event win in the javelin. Sobes' throw of 180-02 came up a few feet shy of the NCAA qualifying standard but was more than 25 feet better than his nearest competitor.
The Engineers travel to Springfield next weekend for the Springfield Invitational, a final tune-up before the NEWMAC Championship in two weeks.