May 8, 2006

MIT Finishes Third At New England Championships

May 8, 2006

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - The fourth seeded men's track team (64) was edged by Tufts University (64.5) for second place this past weekend at the New England Division III Track & Field Championships. Williams College (153) won the 21-event competition and has now taken three straight and fourteen of the last sixteen titles.

Senior Uzoma Orji stood out once again as MIT's leader as he came away victorious in both the hammer throw and shot put for the second consecutive year. First on Friday night, he established a new meet and school hammer record of 205-9. The results were no different on Saturday. He took first with a toss of 58-07.50 in the shot put to best all competition. Also impressive in the shot put was freshman James Oleinik, who grabbed three points for MIT with a sixth place finish.

Orji then completed a tremendous weekend with a season best mark of 150-0 in his weakest event, the discus throw. In the pole vault, senior Thad Wozniak got off to a rocky start but managed to nab fifth place with a personal best of 22-4.25 on his third attempt.

In the running events, senior David Blau recovered from a poor showing in the 100 with a second place finish (22.41) in the 200. Sophomore Anthony Teixeira, who had already set a personal best in the long jump (20-9.25) on Friday, returned on Saturday to secure sixth in the 110 hurdles while competing with pink eye.

The 3000 meter steeplechase was another successful event for the Engineers. Chris Bruce took sixth and Jake Ruzevick followed in seventh, together earning five more crucial points for MIT. David Blau, Thad Wozniak, sophomore Kenny Rosche and Demario Dayton combined to take fourth in the 4x100 relay with a time of 42.73, an event in which the Engineers were seeded sixth.

Heading into the final event, the 4x400 relay, MIT maintained a three and a half point lead over Tufts. However, Tufts showed off their strengths in the race and finished fifth to earn four points and take second place by just half a point over MIT.

The Engineers are at home once again this weekend to host the All Division New England Championship (NEICAAA) for both the men and women. The meet will begin on Thursday and extend through Saturday.