CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After winning a pair of championships over the past two weekends, the MIT men's track and field team competed in the NEICAAA Championship, which the Engineers hosted at Steinbrenner Stadium. Tech recorded an eighth-place-performance – tied with Central Connecticut - and tallied a team score of 35 points. Rhode Island captured the championship with a total score of 104.50 points.
Senior Ken Cooper (Newport Beach, Calif.) competed in a trio of events and registered a pair of fifth place finishes in the Discuss (149-10) and Hammer (194-10), while placing sixth in the Shot Put (49-11.00). Cooper's Hammer Throw was a season-best.
Sophomore Arinze Okeke (Hawthorne, Calif.) helped the Engineers claim points in the Triple Jump with a leap of 47-03.75. Junior States Lee (Charlotte, N.C.) finished as the runner-up in the 400m Dash, clocking a season-best time of 48.25. Lee also assisted MIT's 4x400m Relay – juniors Derek Barnes (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.) and Michael Kaba (Jackson, N.J.), and sophomore Danny Newman (St. Charles, Ill.) – to a fourth place finish with a time of 3:15.37. Their time was a season-best, erasing their original season-best time by roughly one second.
In the Steeplechase, freshman Benjamin Freed (Frederick, Md.) recorded a season-best time of 9:16.04. Freed's time established a new freshman record in program history.
Freshman Luca Cacopardo (Crema, Italy) established a season-best time in the 400m Hurdles preliminaries, clocking a time of 53.78. His time advanced him to the finals where he placed third overall with a time of 54.37.
Next week, the Cardinal and Gray will compete at the ECAC Championship – hosted by Springfield College – and the IC4A Championship – hosted by Princeton University. The ECAC Championship begins on Thursday, May 14 and concludes Friday, May 15. The IC4A Championship begins on Saturday, May 16 and ends on Sunday, May 17.