TROY, N.Y. – Tech returned to the track on Friday for the second and final day of competition at the ECAC Division III Championships. The MIT men's track and field team finished the meet tied for third with host RPI, scoring 46 points. Also running on Friday, two members of the team headed to Princeton University to compete in the 138th annual IC4A Men's Championship.
Claiming two ECAC title's on the day, junior Ken Cooper (Newport Beach, Calif.) broke his personal record in the shot put by nearly two feet, clearing 54-07.25. This throw moves Cooper to second on Tech's all-time performers list, jumping in front of a performance by John Morefield in 1956. In the discus, Cooper again finished first with a final distance of 161-08.
Juniors Harrison Hunter (Northampton, Mass.) and Samuel Parker (Menlo Park, Calif.) competed in their signature event, the 800-meter run, both finishing in the top eight. Hunter crossed the line third in a time of 1:52.51. Parker finished comfortably in eighth with a final time of 1:53.79. Both performances were just off previous best times recorded this season.
In the 1500-meter run, senior Justin Bullock (Detroit, Mich.) crossed the line fourth in a time of 3:58.85. Sophomore Derek Barnes (Coto De Caza, Calif.) added a ninth place finish in the 400-meter dash, finishing in 49.87.
Dropping 0.02 from his previous personal record, sophomore States Lee (Charlotte, N.C.) finished sixth in the 200-meter dash, crossing the line in 21.82. Earlier in the day, Tech's 4x100-meter relay team of senior Michael DuPlessis (Wantagh, N.Y.), junior Nicholas Diamantoni (Boca Raton, Fla.), Lee, and senior Tyler Singer-Clark (Falmouth, Mass.) finished seventh with a final time of 42.83.
At the IC4A Championships hosted by Princeton University, junior Benji Xie (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) and senior Roy Wedge (Lawrence, Kan.) competed in the 10000-meter run against a field of primarily Division I runners. Xie crossed the line 14th, in a time of 31:24.81, and Wedge finished just two places back in 16th, with a final time of 31:34.71.
Next up for MIT is the 2014 NCAA Division III Championships hosted by Ohio Wesleyan University starting on Thursday May 22nd. The full entry list will be announced at the end of this weekend. MIT will look to improve on their team finish from 2013, where they tied for 54th place.