May 19, 2009
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - The MIT men's track and field team captured a 21st place finish at the ECAC Division III Championship at Springfield College despite entering just four competitors into the meet, resting key contributors ahead of next weekend's NCAA Championship.
Yermie Cohen kicked things off for the Engineers in the 1500, hoping to improve upon his NCAA provisional qualifying time in that event. The senior ran a strong race, improving his own personal-best and finishing just .02 seconds out of first with a time of 3:53.84. While that time was below the provisional standard Cohen was unable to earn a spot in the NCAA Championship.
MIT's three other entrants were all competing in the pole vault. Greg Tao led the way once again as his vault of 15-9.75 feet was good for third overall. Tao enters the NCAA Championship with the 11th best mark in Division III. Joining Tao in that event was freshman Nathan Peterson and Nate Sharpe. Peterson cleared 14-4.00 feet to finish 12th while Sharpe’s effort of 13-10.00 feet landed him in 17th place.
Tao will be joined by All-American Stephen Morton at the NCAA Championship. Morton, who has three Institute records to his name, will compete in the long jump and triple jump next weekend. He currently has the fifth best long jump in the nation and stands ninth on the list for the triple jump. The NCAA Championship meet will be hosted by Marietta College from Thursday, May 21 through Saturday May 23.