Men's Track & Field Finishes N.E Div. III Champs in 2nd Place

Sophomore Michael Kaba
Sophomore Michael Kaba

WATERVILLE, Maine - The MIT men's outdoor track and field team remained in second place on the final day of the New England Division III Championships that were held at Colby College over the weekend, finishing with 143 points, just one point behind first place-finishing Bates College with 144. Last year, the Engineers finished first, breaking Williams College's eight-year undefeated streak.

Harry Rein (Hingham, Mass.) started the day off with a 12th place finish in the Javelin Throw with his throw of 168-09. In the Long Jump, freshman Arinze Okeke (Hawthorne, Calif.) and Carrington Motley (Pittsburgh, Pa.) came in 11th and 18th place with jumps of 20-08.00 and 19-11.50 respectively. The two went on to take first and second place in the Triple Jump, with Okeke taking the gold with a jump of 47-04.25 in a new MIT freshman record and Motley following after with a 47-03.00.

In the Pole Vault, senior Cyrus Vafadari (Columbus, Ga.) finished in third place with a vault of 15-03.00, while sophomore Benjamin Schreck (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) came sixth with the same height.

In the finals of the 100m, junior Tyler Singer-Clark (Falmouth, Mass.) took the win with his time of 10.98. He was followed by classmate Michael DuPlessis (Wantagh, N.Y.) in second with an 11.08 and senior Josh Duncavage (Austin, Texas) in fifth with a time of 11.21. Senior Logan Trimble (Clearwater, Fla.) completed the 3000 Steeplechase in 13th place with a time of 9:44.25 and freshman Edgar Gridello (Douvainer, France) was 14th with a 9:49.61.

The MIT men's 4x100 relay came in first with  a time of 41.91, cutting over half a second off their season-best time that they ran at the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) championships last weekend. The relay was composed of DuPlessis, freshman NEWMAC Rookie of the Year Michael Kaba (Jackson, N.J.), sophomore Nick Diamantoni (Belle Mead, N.J.) and Singer-Clark.

For the second weekend in a row, freshman States Lee (Charlotte, N.C.) won the 400m with a time of 48.20, cutting almost a second off his time from NEWMACs and lowering his own MIT freshman record further. Classmate Derek Barnes (Coto De Caza, Calif.) was fifth with a time of 48.91. Senior Patrick Marx (Grand Rapids, Minn.) came third in the 800m with a 1:52.33, while, in the 400m Hurdles, Kaba was sixth in  54.38. Singer-Clark won his second race of the day, this time in the 200m, with his time of 21.62. Lee was fourth with a 22.22 and Barnes was fifth with a 22.23. Sophomore Benji Xie (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) was third in the 5000m with a time of 14:52.07.

The 4x800 relay that was composed of sophomore Samuel Parker (Menlo Park, Calif.), senior Jared Forman (Newton, Mass.), sophomore Harrison Hunter (Northampton, Mass.) and Marx finished in third place with a 7:50.89. The 4x400 relay, that consisted of Kaba, Lee, Barnes and Singer-Clark came in first with a time of 3:17.26.

The Engineers will return to action at the NEICAAA Championships at Stonehill College in Easton, Mass. from Thursday through Saturday, May 9-11.