April 12, 2008
WATERVILLE, Maine - Men's track and field capped its regular season with a sweep of Colby, Bates and Southern Maine, finishing the dual slate with an undefeated record. The Engineers finished first in eight events and defeated runner-up Bates by 53 points.
The 10,000-meter run, a non-scoring event in this meet, was first up on the track. Looking for an easy run and to qualify for the New England Division III Championship in three weeks, Brian Jacokes, Joseph Roy-Mayhew and Chris Wong went 1-2-3 and easily qualified, running 32:20.00, 32:20.09 and 32:47.50 respectively. The qualifying time was 34:00 and the fact the threesome ran so comfortably bodes well for the weeks to come.
The distance runners got the job done in other events as well. In the 3000-meter steeplechase, freshmen Richard Prevost and Paul Welle dueled throughout the race all the way to the finish line, both running personal bests of 9:52.70 and 9:52.94 respectively.
The pole vaulters had to go inside because of the weather considerations and certainly did not seem to suffer for it. Omari Stephens, running back and forth between the indoor and outdoor track as he negotiated the trials and finals of the hurdles and the start of the men's vault, won easily, vaulting 15-9 for the second week in succession. Stephens also competed well in the 110m high hurdles, winning with a season-best of 15.28.
In the throws, James Oleinik had a solid day. He won the shot put with a throw of 48'6" and placed third in the discus with a personal best of 133'0".