April 29, 2009
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The MIT men's track and field team captured the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship on Saturday on the strength of its overall depth and balance. The Engineers secured 13 All-Conference selections, including both First and Second Team accolades in four events. Stephen Morton and Jake Ruzevick were the top individual performers, as both picked up a pair of Second Team nods, to help the Cardinal and Grey win its ninth consecutive NEWMAC Championship.
Morton was the runner-up in both the long and triple jump to pick up the eighth and ninth All-Conference selections of his three-year career. Ruzevick came in second to a pair of teammates in both the 1500 and the 5000 meters. Yermie Cohen won the 1500 while Daniel Harper was a First Team performer in the 5000. Gihan Amarasiriwardena and Jack Bourbonnais combined to sweep All-Conference honors in the 10,000 meters and Richard Prevost and Paul Welle were able to do the same in the Steeplechase.
Greg Tao set a NEWMAC Championship record in the pole vault for Tech's final First Team selection. Tao cleared 15-10.50 feet, nearly a foot better than his closest competitor. Anthony McDonald (shot put) and Vladimir Sobes (javelin) each picked up a Second Team nod in the field events.
Tech will be back in action at this weekend's NCAA Division III New England Championship. The meet, hosted by Springfield College, runs Thursday through Saturday.