April 16, 2005
LEWISTON, Maine - Uzoma Orji won three events in the field to lead MIT to a convincing win over Bates, Colby and Southern Maine on a sunny, Spring afternoon in Lewiston, Maine. After an impressive finish in San Diego and a win in the annual Engineers Cup, MIT looks to be running on all cylinders and has topped 21 of its 22 opponents.
Orji won the hammer throw with a mark of 179'11" to cap unscathed performance. He nearly threw a personal best in winning the discus (153'0"), while he easily took the top spot with a toss of 54'2" in the shot put.
Senior Brian Anderson paced the track highlights, winning the 1500 and 800. Anderson split 3:58.08 to lead a 1-3-4 finish for the Engineers in the 1500, while offering a spectacular come-from-behind victory to grab in the 800 in 1:56.74.
Omari Stephens secured another win in the high hurdles, battling the wind for a 16.56 split. Zach Traina also encountered some swirling winds in the 200, but held off Colby's Xavier Garcia for another Tech victory. Ben Schmeckpeper supplied the other win for the track unit, running 9:36 in the steeplechase to open the afternoon's race schedule.
Additional victories in the field were supplied by Makinde Adeagbo, Nestor Hernandez and Nate Ball. Adeagbo captured first place with an outdoor-best effort in the triple jump (43'2.25"), while Hernandez copped top honors in the long jump with a leap of 21'4.75". Ball cruised in the pole vault, jumping a modest 15'0" to take the win.