May 5, 2007
SPRINGIELD, Mass. - Omari Stephens and Stephen Morton authored two top-five finishes and the Engineers scored massive points in the 10,000-meter run en route to a fourth-place finish at the Division III New England Track and Field Championships. Greg Tao secured the meet's only individual victory for the Cardinal and Gray after besting the field in the pole vault.
Williams College won the championship, while Tufts and Springfield also finished ahead of MIT in the team standings. The Engineers scored 79 during the weekend, with 23 points coming in the 10k. Senior Eric Khatchadourian finished second in the race with a time of 32:33, although Brian Jacokes crossed the line in fifth and only 14 seconds back. Trevor Rundell and Chris Wong finished third and fourth, respectively.
Tao's victory in the pole vault came rather easily as he was the only athlete to clear 14'10". Stephens earned one of his two top-five finishes after taking fifth in the vault.
He also finished fifth in the high hurdles with a clip of 15.23. Stephens, who was third in prelims, finished one place ahead of Anthony Teixeira (15:35). Morton, who this past week became just the second rookie to earn NEWMAC Athlete of the Year honors, finished fifth in the long jump and fourth in the 100-meter dash. Morton enjoyed a fantastic run in the sprint, setting a new freshman record with a clip of 10.89.
The 10k wasn't the only distance event to secure points for the Engineers. Freshman Johannes Schneider turned in a solid effort to finish fifth in the steeplechase (9:32.84), while Williams Fedus and Yermie Cohen paced MIT in the middle-distance races. Both competitors finished fourth in their respective events with Fedus running a season-best clip in the 800m (1:55.81) and Cohen duplicating the effort in the 1500m (3:57.29).
James Oleinik also earned a top-five finish at Springfield. Oleinik finished fourth in the shot put after a toss of 49'9.75".