Men's Track and Field Makes Final Push Before NCAA Championships
May 16, 2005
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The Engineers track and field unit divided its squad in a busy championship weekend. While two of Tech's aspiring NCAA hopefulls guided MIT at the NEICAAA Outdoor Championships, the Cardinal and Gray also invaded Princeton, N.J., at the talent-laden IC4A Championhships.
David Blau authored several fine individual efforts, setting personal bests in the 100 and 200-meter dash at the All-New England Championships. His split of 22.16 in the 200 came after a brief rest from the 100 and shaved over three tenths of a second off his personal best. David Saylor also performed well at the University of New Hampshire. Although Saylor failed to improve his NCAA qualifying mark in the hammer, the Tech senior finished fourth overall to score all five points for MIT.
At the prestigious IC4A Championships, junior Uzoma Orji supplied the Engineers with their only points of the meet after a fourth-place toss in the shot put. Orji enjoyed his best performance of the season and best series of the year in the event. His best mark of the day covered a distance of 57'3".
Ben Schmeckpeper ignited MIT's stay in Princeton with a personal best and national qualifying time of 14:37.58 in the 5000. The time places Schmeckpeper at No. 12 among the Division III national qualifiers. Brian Anderson also assembled a great race. Although the recouping senior faded in the homestretch, Anderson still managed a personal best and NCAA qualifying mark with a clip of 1:52.84. Anderson currently ranks No. 10 among the Division III national qualifiers.