Omari Stephens Leads MIT at NEICAAA Championships

May 14, 2007

HANOVER, N.H. - MIT men's track and field competed in a championship event for the third consecutive week by taking a small contingent of athletes to Dartmouth for the NEICAAA Championship. MIT totaled 10 points and finished 20th out of the teams that scored in the all-divisional meet.

Junior Omari Stephens authored Tech's top highlight during the weekend, finishing third overall in the pole vault after clearing a personal-best 15'4.5". Greg Tao cleared 14'8.75" on his first attempt at that height, but was unable to move any further up the charts and finished just out of scoring in ninth place.

The Engineers also secured points in the triple jump as freshman Stephen Morton established another personal record by leaping to fifth place. Morton made it out of the unseeded flight to qualify for finals and land on the leader board with a mark of 46'4".

Although they didn't garner any points, several other MIT competitors enjoyed solid performances. Rookie William Fedus grabbed the lead in the first section of the 800-meter run with 100 meters to go, and didn't look back en route to a new personal best of 1:55.44. Yermie Cohen also ran to a personal record. Knocking two seconds off his previous best clip, Cohen finished 12th overall in the 1500m with a time of 3:55.33.