- Location: Sherie and Don (1961) Morrison Track (Cambridge, Mass.)
- The Lead: On Thursday night, the No. 15 ranked MIT men's track and field team hosted the MIT Final Qualifier Meet as teams from as far away as Virginia attempted to move up and qualify for next week's NCAA Championship.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Freshman Benton Wilson (Dublin, Ohio) won the 200 in a time of 22.01, while junior Josh Rosenkranz (Glencoe, Ill.) was the runner-up in the 5,000 meters in 14:56.68. In the 3,000-meter steeplechase that kicked off the meet, senior Ben Freed (Frederick, Md.) finished in fifth place with a time of 9:28.08, while sophomore Brian Bates (Corning, N.Y.) came across in seventh in 9:30.92. Freed currently sits in 22nd place on the national list from a time he ran last week at Dartmouth.
- Senior Cody Bratten (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) finished fourth in both the shot put and the discus. In shot put, he threw 50 feet, 6.75 inches to go with a toss of 157 feet, seven inches in the discus. He currently sits in the No. 10 position in the discus as he threw 169 feet, two inches at the NEICAAA Championship last week. Junior Jon Fakkema (Blaine, Wash.) was eighth in the discus at 139 feet and finished ninth in the hammer throw with a distance of 166 feet, 11 inches.
- In the high jump, sophomores Alec Reduker (Newburyport, Mass.) and Chris Washington (Frisco, Texas) both cleared six feet, six inches to take second and third place, respectively. Reduker is ranked sixth heading into next week's NCAA Championship after jumping six feet, 10.75 inches at the California Collegiate Open.
- Junior Scott Cameron (Dublin, Ohio) took third place in the pole vault with a height of 14 feet, 4.75 inches. He is No. 25 on the national list after clearing 15 feet, nine inches at the New England D3 Championship.
- The Engineers close out the season at the NCAA Division III Outdoor National Championship, which is being held from May 24-26 at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in La Crosse, Wisc. Once the final qualifier list is published, there will be a release posted on the MIT Athletics web site.