No. 4 Men's Track and Field Earns Tri-Meet Victory

No. 4 Men's Track and Field Earns Tri-Meet Victory

THE BASICS:

- Location: Johnson Athletic Center - (Cambridge, Mass.) 

- The Lead: In the season-opening tri-meet vs. Bates College and Colby College, the No. 4 ranked MIT men's track and field team picked up the victory with a total of 149 points. Bates was a close second with 140 points, followed by Colby with 24 points.

TOP-10 NCAA PERFORMANCES:

- The national rankings at www.tfrrs.org had not been updated as of Sunday morning. When updated, the rankings will be posted.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- The Engineers picked up wins in 11 individual events and one relay to secure the overall victory. That relay win came in the 4x400 as the Engineers caught Bates on the anchor leg to cross in a time of 3:33.31. The 4x800 relay team finished second on the afternoon as the team crossed in 8:25.11.

- Sophomore Benton Wilson (Dublin, Ohio) won the 200 in 22.75 seconds, followed by first-year Alexander Liu (Belle Mead, N.J.) in third at 24.19. Liu was also second in the 60 meters, finishing in 7.25 seconds.

- First-year Aiden Foucault-Etheridge (Leverett, Mass.) won the 600 meters at 1:23.44, followed in third by first-year Nick Duchatellier (Dix Hills, N.Y.) in third with a time of 1:27.88. Sophomore Kent Slaney (Palo Alto, Calif.) was victorious in the 800 in 2:00.82, while junior Billy Woltz (Logan, Ohio) won the 1,000 at 2:35.37. First-year Matthew Kearney (Austin, Texas) placed third in the 1,000 in 2:37.34, while junior Kenneth Acquah (Tenafly, N.J.) finished second in the 400 meters with a time of 53.50.

- The final victory on the track was in the 3,000 meters with first-year Andrew Mah (Newton, Mass.) winning the event in 8:43.36. He narrowly beat senior Josh Rosenkranz (Glencoe, Ill.), who finished just .23 seconds back in 8:43.59. In the mile, senior Aidan Gilson (Florence, Mass.) was second in 4:23.81, followed by Kearney in third at 4:24.17. 

- In the field events, sophomore Yorai Shaoul (Raanana, Israel) swept the long jump and triple jump with leaps of 22 feet, seven inches and 48 feet, four inches.

- Junior Alec Reduker (Newburyport, Mass.) narrowly missed clearing six feet, nine inches on his final high jump attempt while winning the event with a leap of six feet, 7.5 inches. First-year Caleb Harris (Franklin, Tenn.) was second at six feet, 5.5 inches, followed by junior Steven Speck (LaGrange, Ohio) in third at six feet, 3.5 inches.

- The Engineers also swept the pole vault, led by a winning vault of 15 feet, 5.5 inches by sophomore Liam Ackerman (Miami, Fla.). Senior Scott Cameron (Dublin, Ohio) was in second at 14 feet, 5.25 inches, along with a third-place height of 13 feet, 5.25 inches from sophomore Max Hardy (Houston, Texas)

- First-year William Woltmann (Secaucus, N.J.) won the shot put with a throw of 48 feet, 2.5 inches, along with a runner-up showing by senior Jon Fakkema (Blaine, Wash.) at 48 feet, 0.75 inches. Fakkema captured the weight throw with a distance of 56 feet, 0.5 inches.

UP NEXT:

- MIT is back in action on Saturday, January 19th as the Engineers return to Maine for the Bowdoin Invitational in Brunswick, Maine. That meet is scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m.

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