May 10, 2009
AMHERST, Mass. - The MIT men's track and field team took part in the NEICAAA Championship hosted by UMass-Amherst over the weekend, finishing 19th among 41 teams from all three NCAA divisions. The Engineers had a limited number of competitors, as many of those competing were looking to qualify for the upcoming NCAA Championship.
Paul Welle had an impressive showing in the 3000m Steeplechase, finishing third with a provisional qualifying time of 9:18.09, just behind two runners from the host Minutemen.
One week after his record setting performance in the long jump, Stephen Morton picked up a pair of sixth-place finishes in the long and triple jumps. The junior All-American recorded jumps of 22-7.00 and 45-4.25 feet respectively. Greg Tao and Nathan Peterson also picked up important points for the Cardinal and Grey in the pole vault. Tao cleared 15-3.00 feet to finish sixth, the highest Division III finisher. Peterson's vault of 14-9.00 feet was good for eighth place.
The University of Rhode Island captured the team title with 103 points. The Engineers totaled 16 points on their way to the 19th place finish.
MIT will compete in the ECAC Division III Championship beginning Thursday, May 14 at Springfield College.