Track and Field Opens Outdoor Season at Northeastern

DEDHAM, Mass. – The MIT track & field teams began their 2010 Outdoor season on Saturday, competing in the Northeastern Invitational on Saturday afternoon. Tech only sent a few athletes to the meet, just one week removed from a tremendous showing at the NCAA Indoor Championship.

Jack Bourbonnais had a solid showing in the 10k, finishing ninth, and third among Division III runners, with a time of 33:44.26. Matthew Weaver was just over a minute behind Bourbonnais (34:51.45) and in 21st place.

James Oleinik was the first of four Tech competitors in the shot put, all of whom reached at least 40 feet with their throws. Oleinik had the fourth best effort out of over 50 entries, with a toss of 49-5.50 feet. Mitchell Kelly finished ninth, throwing 44-11.50 feet. Kenneth Cooper (41-2.50 feet) and Anthony McDonald (40-10.25) also had strong efforts, finishing among the top 16. Oleinik, Kelly and Cooper had three of the top four throws among Division III competitors. McDonald was also entered in the hammer throw and took home eighth place with a 157-06 foot effort. Adam Mustafa (148-01) and Cooper (147-02) were also impressive in their season debut.

On the women’s side, Juls Andren was the Engineers’ only representative, competing in the hammer throw. Andren placed 23rd with a throw of 108-00 feet.

This week, the Cardinal and Gray will depart for its annual spring training trip.