BOSTON, Mass. – MIT men's track and field, which opened the outdoor season over the weekend, received two New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) weekly awards on Monday. Junior Ken Cooper (Newport Beach, Calif.) was named the Field Athlete of the Week, while the 4x100 relay received Relay of the Week accolades.
Tech, which was ranked 14th in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) preseason poll last Wednesday, traveled to Santa Barbara, Calif. to escape the cold and officially open outdoor competition. The Engineers ended up winning nine of the events and placing highly in the majority of them. Cooper won all three of his events, throwing a 161-05 in the Hammer Throw, a 52-06.50 in the Shot Put and a 162-11 in the Discus. His throw in the Discus moved him up to third on the all-time MIT performance list.
MIT's 4x100 relay, which was composed of sophomores States Lee (Charlotte, N.C.) and Michael Kaba (Jackson, N.J.), freshman Taylor Njaka (San Jose, Calif.) and senior Tyler Singer-Clark (Falmouth, Mass.), came in first place with a time of 41.98. The relay, which was less than a second off the school record from last season, left almost three full seconds between it and second place Westmont.
Next Saturday, April 5, Tech will take part in the Engineer's Cup, which will be between MIT, WPI and host RPI.