Men's Track and Field Takes Second at New England Division III Championship

May 4, 2008

NEW LONDON, Conn. - One week after securing an unexpected team title at the NEWMAC Championship, the men's track and field unit maintained its seed with a second-place finish at the New England Division III Championship. MIT secured just enough points to keep Coast Guard at bay while Williams pulled away for the team crown.

The Engineers began the two-day competition with a tremendous effort in the 10000-meter run. Joseph Roy-Mayhew closed fourth overall in a hotly contested finish behind a time of 31:35.61. Chris Wong finished sixth in the race in 31:54.31 and Brian Jacokes grabbed seventh in 32:10.97, while all three competitors set personal records.

MIT also turned in a great effort in the long jump during Friday's action. Sophomore Stephen Morton carried over his leading performance from trials en route to a new personal best and first-place finish with a jump of 23'8". Senior Anthony Teixeira jumped 21'9" in finishing third.

Saturday began well for MIT as James Oleinik authored the second individual win of the weekend with a toss of 49'8.5" in the shot put. Meanwhile, Vlad Sobes threw 186'7" to finish fourth overall in the javelin.

The first events on the track yielded success for the Cardinal and Gray as MIT received great efforts from Paul Welle, who finished fourth in the steeplechase (9:29.39) and Jake Ruzevick, who finished seventh in the 1500m with a seventh-place time of 4:00.62.

In the sprint hurdles, Teixeira placed fourth with a clip of 15.44, although Tex had set a personal best during prelims after blazing to 15.10. Teammate Omari Stephens finished sixth in the event with a time of 15.77.

After the hurdles, Stephens went back to work in the pole vault where he finished second (15'1"). Greg Tao knocked Stephens from the top spot after winning the vault for the second straight week with a clear of 15'5" while Patrick Barragan capped a strong event for the Engineers with a fifth-place finish.

MIT closed out the scoring in the triple jump and 5000m. Rookie Mattias Flander paced the Engineers in the triple jump after finishing fourth with a leap of 45'3.75" while Roy-Mayhew capped a great weekend by finishing sixth in the 5k with a final split of 15:12.95.