May 3, 2009
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The MIT men’s track and field team picked up a second-straight runner-up finish at the NCAA New England Division III Outdoor Championship over the weekend at Springfield College. Despite winning just two individual events, the Engineers were able to secure a comfortable second-place standing with 108 points, well ahead of third-place Springfield’s total of 56. Sophomore Stephen Morton eclipsed a 73-year old Institute record with his winning effort in the long jump.
Morton jumped 24-2.25 feet to better Stanley Johnson’s mark of 24-2.00 feet, set in 1936. That distance was good for an automatic qualification into the NCAA Championship and currently stands as the fourth best in the nation. Morton added a strong showing in the triple jump en route to a second-place finish. The junior jumped 48-4.75 feet, just two inches shy of the automatic qualifying standard but currently the sixth-best mark in Division III.
Tech’s other event win came in the 3000m Steeplechase, as Richard Prevost and Paul Welle combined for a dominant one-two sweep. Prevost edged Welle by just 2.25 seconds, crossing the finish line in 9:26.54. Both runners finished more than seven seconds faster than their closest competitor.
The Cardinal and Grey picked up key points in the 10,000-meter run with three top-six performances. Jake Ruzevick (32:42.00) led the way with a fourth-place finish. He was immediately followed by Daniel Harper (32:47.98) and Jack Bourbonnais (33:17.21).
Greg Tao and Nathan Peterson placed second and third, respectively, in the pole vault, with Tao vaulting 14-9.00 feet. Nate Sharpe also earned points in the event with a fifth-place showing. Mitchell Kelly was a runner-up in the discuss with his toss of 149-00 feet.
Williams College took home the team title with a total of 136.66 points.
The Engineers will be back in action at the NEICAAA Championship next week. The meet, hosted by UMass-Amherst, begins Thursday afternoon and ends Saturday.