SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The MIT men's track and field needed a win in the final relay event to capture the New England Division III Indoor Championship by just two points over Williams College. The Engineers earned their 12th regional title in program history thanks in part to the first-place finish by the 4x800 meter relay in the last race of the day. MIT displayed tremendous depth, winning the title despite taking first place in just three individual events.
One of the best examples of that team depth came in the 200 meters, where three Tech runners placed in the top five, picking up 17 important points. Josh Duncavage took second with his time of 22.69 while Babajide Akinrobi and Tyler Singer-Clark placed fourth and fifth, respectively.
Stephen Serene collected first-place points in the 1000 meters, as the junior beat a pair of runners to the line by less than three-tenths of a second, finishing in 2:32.70. Kyle Hannon was also a winner in the mile with a time of 4:17.56.
Nathan Peterson was the third individual champion, winning the pole vault with a jump of 15-5.00 feet, six inches better than his closest competitor. Kenneth Cooper gave MIT a pair of NCAA provisional level performances, taking fifth place in both the shot put (47-9.25) feet and the weight throw (56-6.50).
The relays really shifted the meet in the Engineers' favor though, as they outscored Williams, 24-16, in those three events. The Distance Medley group of Richard Prevost, Nick Leonard, Justin Bullock and Eric Safai started things off with a first-place time of 10:21.04. Then, trailing by three entering the final event, the 4x800 meter relay clinched the team title thanks to their win over host Springfield by just 1.36 seconds. Logan Daum, David Way, Gilbert O'Neil and Dawit Zewdie made up the heroic relay quartet.
Tech will return to action next weekend at the All-New England Championship, hoping to qualify more athletes for the upcoming NCAA Division III Championship. The meet will be hosted by Boston University and begins on Friday, February 25 at 11:00 a.m.