Men’s Track and Field Wins New England Division III Championship

Junior Harrison Hunter
Junior Harrison Hunter

SPRINGFIELD, Mass.  – MIT's men's outdoor track and field team clinched their second Championship of the season winning the New England Division III Championship by more than eighty points. Just one week after claiming their 14th consecutive NEWMAC title, Tech scored 159.83 points to win the 32-team contest ahead of second place Bates College with 79.33 points. This victory is particularly sweet after finishing second in 2013, just one point behind Bates.

Junior Ken Cooper (Newport Beach, Calif.) won the discus throw by clearing 164-07, just 16 inches off his personal best throw. Cooper also finished third in the shot put, throwing 49-05.75. Sophomores Carrington Motley (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Angel Echevarria (Sacramento, Calif.) earned third and fourth place finishes in the triple jump hitting 46-11.75 and 46-10.25, respectively. Echevarria's performance makes him the sixth best in MIT's history.

Rounding out the field events, junior Benjamin Schreck (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) vaulted to a three-way tie for second place clearing a height of 15-03.00 in the pole vault, and junior Harry Rein (Hingham, Mass.) finished fourth in the javelin throw with a final distance of 178-08.

Sophomore States Lee (Charlotte, N.C.) won the 400-meter dash, breaking the tape in 48.49. Crossing the line in third, sophomore Derek Barnes (Coto De Caza, Calif.) finished in 49.09. Lee also finished third in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.02.

In the 800-meter run, junior Harrison Hunter (Northampton, Mass.) won the race with a new personal record of 1:52.28. This performance ranks fifth on the Engineers' Top-Ten list. Decathlon winner, sophomore Adrian Samsel (Whippany, N.J.) added a fifth place finish in the 400-meter hurdles with a personal best time of 54.66.

In the 3000-meter steeplechase, freshman Rory Beyer (Mateo, Calif.) dropped eight seconds to finish fourth crossing the line in 9:26.74, just 0.20 seconds out of third place. Junior Matt Jordan (Matthews, N.C.) and sophomore Matthew Deyo (Manlius, N.Y.) finished fourth and fifth with times of 15:13.97 and 15:16.22, respectively.

MIT had two relays finish third on the day, with the Engineers' 4x800-meter relay team of freshman Henry Tareque (Ossining, N.Y.), Hunter, junior Ricardo Paez (Ontario, Calif.) and junior Samuel Parker (Menlo Park, Calif.) crossing the line in 7:48.48. Tech's 4x100-meter relay team also finished third with a time of 42.48.

Tech will return to action on Friday, May 9th at the NEICAAA Championships.