- Location: Gantcher Center (Tufts University - Medford, Mass.)
- The Lead: On Saturday, the No. 7 ranked MIT men's indoor track and field competed in its final meet before nationals as the Engineers took part in the Tufts Last Chance Qualifier at the Gantcher Center.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- In the high jump, sophomore Alec Reduker (Newburyport, Mass.) finished third in a season-best of six feet, 9.5 inches that currently moves him into 14th on the national list. Teammate Chris Washington (Frisco, Texas), who is ranked No. 17 from a jump earlier in the year, was fourth overall with a jump of six feet, six inches.
- Freshman Benton Wilson (Dublin, Ohio) was third in the 200 at 22.40, while junior Nathan Munet (Elkhart, Ind.) finished ninth to lead MIT in the 800 at 1:55.89. Sophomore Simon Alford (Dublin, Ohio) also competed in the 800 and finished 18th in a time of 2:00.78.
- Also on the track, the distance medley relay team of Alford, Wilson, Munet and junior Aidan Gilson (Florence, Mass.) finished seventh overall as the quartet crossed in 10:05.41.
- In the long jump, freshman Mac Gregg (The Woodlands, Texas) finished third in 21 feet, eight inches while in the triple jump, senior Ryan Prinster (Boulder, Colo.) was also third as he jumped 45 feet, 8.5 inches. Freshman Liam Ackerman (Miami, Fla.) was third in the pole vault as well, clearing 14 feet, 9.5 inches in his final competition of the indoor season.
- Senior Cody Bratten (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) finished sixth in the shot put, while junior Jon Fakkema (Blaine, Wash.) was sixth in the weight throw. With both throws coming on their second attempts, Bratten posted a distance of 48 feet and Fakkema checked in at 54 feet, 1.75 inches.
- MIT is back in action at the NCAA Division III Indoor National Championship, which will take place at Birmingham CrossPlex in Birmingham, Ala. on March 9-10. Those selections will be announced early this week.