BOSTON, Mass. - This weekend, the MIT men's indoor track and field team traveled to three different locations for three different meets in hopes of qualifying more athletes for the NCAA Championships that will take place next weekend. A handful of Engineers competed in the Last Chance Meet at Tufts, performing well against some tough competition. Freshman States Lee (Charlotte, N.C.) and senior Patrick Marx (Grand Rapids, Minn.) each won and individual event, while many other Engineers finished near the top in each event. Those not at Tufts traveled to either to the Armory in New York City for ECACs or to the IC4A Championship at Boston University.
In the first event at Tufts, the 200 meters, MIT saw four athletes finish in the top nine. Junior Tyler Singer-Clark (Falmouth, Mass.) finished in third place with a time of 22.79 and was followed by sophomore Nick Diamantoni (Belle Mead, N.J.) in fifth with a 23.12, Lee in eighth with a 23.34 and fellow freshman Derek Barnes (Coto De Caza, Calif.) was ninth with a time of 23.92. All four of the men ran in the next event, the 400 meters, this time with Lee finishing in first place with a time of 50.32. Singer-Clark came in directly behind him with a 50.40, Diamantoni was fourth with a 50.84 and Barnes was sixth with a 50.96. Marx was victorious in the 600 meters with a 1:22.23, finishing over a second ahead of the second place finisher from Amherst.
Sophomore Benji Xie (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) came in eighth place in the 5000 meters with a 14:58.19, just half a second ahead of the next runner from Tufts and sophomore Matthew Jordan (Matthews, N.C.) came in 15th with a 15:26.99. The Distance Medley A Relay, that consisted of senior Logan Trimble (Clearwater, Fla.), Lee, Marx and junior Justin Bullock (Detroit, Mich.) came in fourth place with a time of 10:00.05, finishing less than two seconds behind Tufts' A relay.
In the pole vault, senior Cyrus Vafadari (Columbus, Ga.) finished in second place with a 15-05.50 and classmate Yida Gao (Marietta, Ga.) came in third with a 14-05.50. Vafadari improved on his vault from last night at ECACs, where he finished in ninth place with a 15-03.75. The final event for the Engineers was the triple jump, where freshman Carrington Motley (Pittsburgh, Pa.) finished in second place with a 45-03.75, narrowly behind Craig Amado of Rhode Island College.
The Engineers will return to action this weekend when they travel to North Central College in Naperville, Ill. for the NCAA Division III Championships that will be held on Friday and Saturday, March 8-9.